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|Helmsley and Ash Dale Woods|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 2 mile easy circular walk from the classic medieval market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire. The walk begins in the market square before heading out alongside the beck to reach playing fields and sheep pastures. The route then skirts through the edge of Ash Dale Woods before following the quiet roads back into town. |
The walk is relatively flat with just some very steady inclines and there are no stiles, just a few gates. Half the paths are well made or pavements, but the field and woodland section can get quite muddy after wet weather. Allow 1 hour.
The walk starts from the market square in Helmsley. Approximate post code YO62 5BL. The market square has pay and display parking for up to 2 hours (which is plenty to complete the walk). If you intend to be in the town longer (and there are plenty of lovely shops and refreshment options to enjoy) follow the signs to the long stay parking which is just a couple of streets away then make your way back to the market square.
|Start to Mill Scut|
Start point: 54.2461 lat, -1.0615 long
Stand in the market square, facing the library and information centre (which is to the right of the Royal Oak pub). Take the small road passing between the pub and the information centre. At the T-junction turn right along Castlegate.
|Mill Scut to Warwick Place|
Start point: 54.2484 lat, -1.0659 long
Cross over and fork right here onto the narrow paved footpath running immediately beside the beck. The beck runs fast and clear over its stony bottom and is a popular attraction within the town. Follow the path as it swings right over a footbridge and then swings left to continue on the narrow stone path heading uphill. At the top of the short slope you will emerge to a staggered T-junction with Beckdale Road (just a stone track at this point).
|Warwick Place to Ash Dale Woods|
Start point: 54.2484 lat, -1.0612 long
At the end of the cul-de-sac, keep ahead on the narrow tarmac path. Go through a gate and follow the path along the edge of a playing field with a cricket pitch to the left.
|Ash Dale Woods to Bondgate|
Start point: 54.2543 lat, -1.0609 long
Turn right along the woodland track. The original name for the town, listed in the Domesday book, was ‘Elmeslac’ which means ‘Helm’s forest clearing’ and indicates the nature of the landscape at that time. The wide variety of native wildflowers here suggests that Ash Dales Woods is at least 400 years old. In the spring you’ll be able to enjoy bluebells, primroses, wood anemones and plenty of wild garlic.
|Bondgate to End|
Start point: 54.2476 lat, -1.056 long
Turn right along Bondgate and follow the pavement as it passes through traditional limestone cottages. Keep ahead and you will reach the market square on the left where the walk began. Pass through the square and into Bridge Street where you will find Scotts of Helmsley, an award winning fish and chip cafe, for some well-earned hospitality.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Nice, easy stroll for a breath of fresh air.
|By sealdriver on 14 Jun 2013|
This walk can be extended to a seven mile walk. Next time we do it i will track and up load.
|By skipnjude on 15 Apr 2015|
Lovely walk but be aware the short part past the cricket club is being developed and is now the edge of a building site, not a sheep pasture. The footpath has been maintained though.
|By feemackirdy on 17 Jun 2017|
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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