Helmsley Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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13.8 km
Elevation
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452 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Helmsley Walk is a fantastic adventure on the southern edge of North York Moors National Park that will see you traverse a beautiful stretch of countryside. While out walking the trail, you will walk through a tranquil forest along Borough Beck and cross over the open fields to the east before making the return through the peaceful expanse of Riccaldale. This is a lovely walking route that is a bit on the longer side but can still be enjoyed by all.

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Route Description

If you are searching for a fairly laid back walk with some beautifully scenic views that is still a bit on the longer side, the Helmsley Walk in the North York Moors is just that. This wonderful route will take you from the charming village of Helmsley on a countryside loop that features wooded dales, open fields, and winding rivers. What a fantastic way to spend the afternoon outdoors!

Setting out from the car park at the historic Helmsley Castle, you will head to the northwest and leave the village behind, entering into the tranquil stretch of woodland terrain that runs alongside Borough Beck. After following this for some distance, you will turn to the east and climb up the steep hillside in order to escape the cover of the forest and arrive at the edge of a field.

Make your way to the east here across the open fields, taking in the picturesque countryside views as you make the approach to Riccaldale. Instead of descending the hillside, you will walk along the edge of the forest as it heads south, following a parallel course to the banks of the winding River Riccal. After turning towards the southwest and cutting across the fields, you will pass through the historic streets of Helmsley on the return to the car park.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Helmsley Walk from Kirkbymoorside, head west on A170 for 5.9 mi and keep straight through the roundabout onto Market Place, following it for another 400 ft. Make a right onto Church Street and follow it for 380 ft, before turning left onto Cleveland Way. In 415 ft, turn left to enter the car park.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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