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|Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Beck Dale|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 14 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 6.5 mile (10.5km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads north through the beautiful woodland belt of Beck Dale, following an idyllic babbling brook, before crossing a few fields and returning via another woodland belt, Ash Dale. 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 just gentle slopes for the most part, with one steep climb about half way round. Whilst some of the tracks are firm stone, many of the other stretches through woodland can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several single bridle gates throughout plus one stile (which can easily be avoided if necessary). You will be sharing a few of the fields with sheep so take particular care with dogs. One field could also be holding a mixture of cattle and sheep (although this one field can also be avoided if necessary). Allow 3 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 Beck Dale Wood|
Start point: 54.2462 lat, -1.0616 long
The walk begins in the Market Place, directly outside the library and town hall. Standing with your back to the library, turn left to reach the top of the Market Place. Cross over to reach the far pavement and turn left along this. Follow the pavement as it swings right, passing All Saints Church on your right.
|Beck Dale Wood to Steep Climb|
Start point: 54.2497 lat, -1.0679 long
Turn left along this vehicle track with the beck running down to your left. Pass a timber yard on your left and continue past a long grass pasture on your left. Beyond the pasture, stay with the stone track which continues with the beck running across to your left and the pretty slopes of Beck Dale Wood each side. In the late spring, these woodland banks are peppered with bluebells and wild garlic.
|Steep Climb to Baxton's Sprunt|
Start point: 54.2754 lat, -1.0878 long
Stay with the main track which bears right here to begin the steep climb, with the beck running at the bottom of the slope to your left. At the top of the first section of the climb, you will come to a fingerpost on your right, which signs the footpath to the left. Turn left here (but NOT sharp left onto the private track) to join the subtle narrow unmade path leading uphill through the pine trees. The path soon levels off and continues with a fenced sheep pasture just to your right.
|Baxton's Sprunt to Ash Dale Plantation|
Start point: 54.2801 lat, -1.0825 long
Having emerged to Baxton’s Sprunt Road, turn right along the road, taking care of any occasional traffic. Continue for just the length of the crop field running on your right and then turn left through the field gate. Follow the track with a crop field on your left and a hedgerow running on your right. At the end of the first field, pass through the field gate ahead to enter a sheep pasture. Follow the obvious stone track ahead and pass through the next gate to enter Ash Dale Plantation.
|Ash Dale Plantation to Sheep Pasture|
Start point: 54.2763 lat, -1.076 long
Follow the track which now swings right to reach a junction of paths marked with a fingerpost. Turn right here to join the vehicle track signed as the Tabular Hills Walk towards Helmsley. Stay with this stone track which soon becomes a sunken green thoroughfare with steep woodland banks each side. Beyond this stretch, the track leads you between a beautiful collection of majestic conical conifers.
|Sheep Pasture to End|
Start point: 54.2539 lat, -1.0606 long
Walk straight ahead following the line of fence on your left. Pass through the gate ahead to enter the second pasture and turn immediately right (with the fence on your right). At the end, pass through the gate ahead to enter a third pasture and turn immediately left (following the fence and then hedgerow on your left). In the field corner turn right along the bottom of this third field. Ignore the stile on your left (marked as No Right of Way) and continue to the field corner. Turn left through the gate into the playing fields.
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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