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|Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 23 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|An 8 mile (13km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads out across sheep pastures and open fields to explore the woodland ravine of Riccal Dale, in the company of the beautiful River Riccal. 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 has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections within the woodlands. Whilst some of the tracks are firm stone, many of the other stretches through woodland can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several single bridle gates throughout plus one stile (with adjacent dog gap within the fence) and two footbridges with steps on the return leg. If necessary, you can avoid the stile and bridges by simply using the same paths for the outward and return leg. You will be sharing a few of the fields with sheep (and maybe horses) so take particular care with dogs. Allow 4 hours.
There are public toilets in Borogate (just south of Helmsley Market Place at the start and end of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, 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, 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 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 Monk Holme Wood|
Start point: 54.2462 lat, -1.0617 long
The walk begins in the Market Place, directly outside the library and town hall. Standing with your back to the library, turn left and, at the junction with the road, cross over to reach the pavement and turn right along this. Pass the Black Swan on your left and keep ahead at the junction with the mini-roundabout. Follow this pavement leading you out of Helmsley, passing the North York Moors headquarters on your left. Just before you reach the pedestrian crossing, turn left into Carlton Road. About 60 metres along, turn right onto the tarmac track signed as a public bridleway.
|Monk Holme Wood to Riccal Dale Wood|
Start point: 54.252 lat, -1.0434 long
Follow the obvious bridleway ahead, leading you through the centre of this woodland. At the first junction, ignore the two tracks uphill to the right, instead bear left on the level bridleway which continues along the woodland bottom. At the end of the woodland (with a fence ahead) stay with the track which swings right to reach a fork. The woodland bank ahead has a particularly beautiful carpet of bluebells in the late spring.
|Riccal Dale Wood to Tun Way Junction|
Start point: 54.2595 lat, -1.0397 long
Follow the track leading you downhill. NOTE: The woodland slope down to your right is fairly steep so take care with children and dogs. At the bottom of the slope you will come to a staggered T-junction with another track. Bear left along this and follow it for some distance, ignoring any footpaths signed to the sides.
|Tun Way Junction to Hasty Bank Farm|
Start point: 54.2792 lat, -1.0457 long
Take the right-hand branch of the track, following the line of the fenced enclosure on your right. As the main track swings right towards the river, fork left to join a smaller stone and grass track. Pass alongside a vehicle gate and keep ahead to reach the point where the track peters out at the edge of a camp site.
|Hasty Bank Farm to Stile|
Start point: 54.2872 lat, -1.0407 long
Continue uphill through the field, bearing left to pick up a stone and grass vehicle track. At the top of the slope you will come to a T-junction with vehicle gates each side. Turn right through the gate to continue on the vehicle track climbing fairly steeply uphill. At the top you will come to a fingerpost marking a T-junction. Turn right here, leaving the bridleway to join the grass track signed as a public footpath.
|Stile to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.2716 lat, -1.0409 long
Cross this stile and turn right, following the narrow path with the fenced woodland running on your right. Just before the field edge swings left away from the fence line, keep ahead for a few paces and then turn right to pass through a small wooden gate to enter the woodland. Follow this narrow path (heading back on yourself) with the fence line running up to your right.
|Footbridge to Field Edge Bridleway|
Start point: 54.2653 lat, -1.0381 long
Cross the footbridge and at the far side turn left along the grass track. NOTE: The next section of navigation needs care. A few metres later, with the ford on your left, stay with the grass tracks that bears right and then continues ahead through the riverside grass meadow. The subtle track leads you up the slope of a small bank and into the next grass clearing. Pass an old waymarker post on your right then follow the tree line on your right. Immediately after a clump of trees on your left, turn right onto a narrow dirt path (be careful not to miss this turn), which leads you through the trees for just 60 metres to reach a T-junction with a vehicle track.
|Field Edge Bridleway to End|
Start point: 54.2571 lat, -1.0419 long
At the end of the field, bear right through the gate and follow the stone track downhill into woodland. Follow this track as it swings sharp left leading you back along the bottom of Monk Holme Wood. At the end a gate leads you into a sheep pasture. Walk diagonally right and exit via the gate in the far corner. Turn left along the field-side grass track and follow this as it swings right to reach the next pasture.
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I did this walk on 4/8/2016. Just after the ford on one of the final sections of the walk you are now met with a large pheasant enclosure made of chicken wire. There was a gate which was open and a yellow waymarker over the gate which you walk through. After maybe a 100 yards you will come to a chicken wired fence straight in front of you. Don't despair, bear to your tight right alongside the fence and after some 25 yards you will come to a gate. It isnt' immediately obvious as the latch for the gate is on the other side of the fence post and you will have to put your hand through the wire to release it. Go through the gate on the clear track for a short distance and you will then come across the waymarker sign on your right.
|By DAvidson62 on 2016-08-06 09:52:59|
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