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|Visit Ryedale: Helmsley Discovery Trail|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 20 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 1.2 mile (2km) easy access circular trail around the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route discovers several of the town’s key attractions including the bustling Market Place, the pretty beck, the imposing castle, the magnificent walled gardens and a short stretch of the Cleveland Way. This walk is part of the Visit Ryedale Collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk |
The walk follows generous width tarmac or paved surfaces for the most part, with one stretch along an uneven compacted stone track (although this can be excluded if necessary). The route is mainly level with a couple of gentle slopes. There are no stiles, kissing gates or steps on route. With this in mind, the entire route would be suitable for a rugged pushchair or disability buggy. If the uneven stone track section is excluded, the route would be suitable for a wheelchair. Allow 1 hour.
There are public toilets close to the Market Place at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, the Walled Garden (waypoint 3) has a cafe open to the public and you will be spoilt for choice with pubs, cafes and restaurants in Helmsley at the start or end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Helmsley is located on the River Rye, on the A170 between Thirsk and Pickering. The walk starts and finishes in the Market Place in the centre of Helmsley. If you are coming by car, short stay parking is available in the Market Place or long stay parking is available in the Cleveland Way Car Park. The fee for up to 6 hours is £4.30 (correct Apr 2016) or half price if you use a Ryedale Parking Smartcard. Approximate post code YO62 5AT. From the long stay car park, simply follow the signs to the Market Place. If you are coming by public transport alight at the bus stops in Market Place. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to Castlegate|
Start point: 54.2461 lat, -1.0616 long
The walk begins in the Market Place, directly outside the library and town hall. Helmsley was already an important market town by the 1100s so it has had plenty of time to perfect the Market Place. Within Helmsley you can still buy your bread from a baker, meat from a butcher, fish from a fishmonger and even handcrafted candlesticks from a blacksmith. A bustling weekly market takes places here every Friday. In the centre of the Market Place you will see a statue of William Duncombe, a former lord of the manor based at nearby Duncombe Park.
|Castlegate to Castle Entrance|
Start point: 54.2451 lat, -1.0607 long
Follow this pavement, with the pretty beck, Borobeck, running on your right. The grass banks of this stream are awash with yellow daffodils in the spring months. Borobeck runs its narrow course through the western edge of the town, partly underground, before it joins the River Rye near the river bridge to the south.
|Castle Entrance to Walled Garden|
Start point: 54.246 lat, -1.0638 long
Beyond the castle entrance, bear left again to join the paved walkway with the car park across to your right and the castle grounds on your left. Stay with this paved path as it winds through a picnic area and, just before you reach the coach park, turn left along another branch of paved path. This leads you into the car park for Helmsley Walled Garden. Cross the car park diagonally left and pick up the next stretch of tarmac path which winds through a second picnic area. At this point you will have great views across to your left of the castle and keep remains.
|Walled Garden to View Point|
Start point: 54.245 lat, -1.0672 long
If your access requirements mean that you reliant on a level paved surface, now is the time to turn round and retrace your steps back into Helmsley. However, if you are able to manage the uneven stone tracks in the next section, follow the directions here. Standing with your back to the Walled Garden entrance, walk ahead through the vehicle exit gate and turn right along the stone track passing the horse paddocks of Helmsley Riding School on your left.
|View Point to End|
Start point: 54.2457 lat, -1.0707 long
When you are ready to continue, retrace your steps back down the stone track. Keep ahead at the junction, but a few paces later take a moment to glance over your right shoulder up into the parkland where you should be able to see the open domed structure, the Ionic Temple, sitting high on the hill in Duncombe Park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author visitryedale and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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