Whether scenic walks or adventurous treks are your cup of tea, Helmsley is the perfect location for all your walking needs! This picturesque market town is the ideal location for that fresh countryside air with mesmerising views across the North York Moors. Here are a few of the walks:
This 12th century ruin is a great Northern Cistercian Monastery. The rustic abbey is a live history lesson and stunning example of gothic architecture with beautifully haunting ruins. It is an ideal trip for a family day out or a brief escape into mid-century history. Embark on a circular walk just under 5-miles by starting at the abbey and heading into Wass. Follow the track through the woodland until you reach Mount Snever Observatory before descending to Oldstead and heading back to the Abbey.
The beautiful estate covers 450 acres of land that is the home to a breath-taking parkland, garden and nature reserve. Lose yourself in the enchanting woodlands, meadows, river valley and more. Explore the estate grounds by wandering along the great lawn, terraces, and temples and discover the scented ‘secret garden.’ This picturesque location is ideal for all ages to explore at their own leisure.
Delve into medieval history with this romantic location, home to poets and painters in 1917. This short peaceful hike will take you along the historic sites of the North York Moors National Park, starting at the spectacular Helmsley castle and journeying across to the maze-like ruins of the beautiful Rievaulx Abbey. This 3-mile rural walk will take you through fields, woodlands and country tracks – be sure to give yourself some extra time to explore both landmarks, treating yourself to the tearoom at the end!
Be at one with nature in the national park. Enchanting heather moorland and wild birds of prey will have you feeling like you’ve fallen into a fairy wonderland. The unmarked paths and winding woodlands are the perfect form of escapism for any avid trekker or cyclist. With many routes and paths to choose from, this serene landscape is perfect for all ages and is sure to imprint a long-lasting impression of nature on all who explore it.
For horticultural therapy this mesmerising garden house with beautiful flowers and bee life all seasons round is ideal. It is perfect for walkers, dog walkers and cyclists. This tranquil environment is amazingly inviting and has healing powers that will have you feeling peaceful as soon as you enter. People of all ages can enjoy a relaxed stroll through the flower gardens or stop to smell the roses and enjoy afternoon tea at the Vine House Café.
The classic walk from Sutton Bank allows you to venture across the famed landmark: Kilburn White Horse. The 3-mile route is ideal for an escape to the country side and allows you to savour nature’s magnificent views. Not for the faint-hearted, those who are able to scale this walk will enjoy the finest views across England – but don’t take our word for it, see it for yourself!