Hackfall is a celebrated example of a sublime landscape pleasure ground. Formed between 1749-57 by William Aislabie whose father John had created Studley Royal nearby. William had continued to develop Studley after his father’s death and also began to develop the 118 acre woodland here. He created clearings, a pond and various follies. Some of these follies survive. It is a beautiful place.
Hackfall is Listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Several buildings are Grade II (see). It has oak, beech, sycamore and ash (all largely regenerated following extensive logging during the 1930s). There are some lime trees remaining from the 18thC.
In 2016, we were appointed to carry out a quinquennial survey of the standing structures for the Trusts that oversee its care.