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|Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and River Rye|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 13 May 2016||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 4 mile (6.5km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads south along the banks of the River Rye, through pastures and crop fields, crossing the river via the footbridge alongside the fish farm and then returning on a higher farm track giving glorious long-reaching views. 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 is flat for the most part, with just a couple of steady climbs. The riverside grass paths can get muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several single gates, a couple of kissing gates, some footbridges and 4 stiles. The first stile has a very generous adjacent dog gate, but the following 3 have tighter wooden fence surrounds (suitable for small dogs to squeeze through but larger dogs may need a lift over). You will be sharing the riverside pastures with a mixture of horses, sheep and cattle, so take particular care with dogs. If you want to avoid the cattle and tight-surround stiles, a more dog-friendly option would be to follow just the first 1.5 miles, a 3 mile ‘there and back’ walk (with only sheep, horses and a generous dog gate to contend with). At the end of the walk you will need to cross the A170 river bridge (which does not have a pavement) so take particular care of traffic at this point. Allow 2 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 National Park Depot|
Start point: 54.2463 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, walk straight ahead across the centre of the Market Place to reach the road at the far side (A170 to Thirsk). Turn right along this and as you reach the corner of the Market Place use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement. Continue along this road, passing the entrance to Helmsley Arts Centre on your left. Ignore the side road, Buckingham Square, on your right and just before you reach the river bridge, turn left into Ryegate.
|National Park Depot to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 54.2424 lat, -1.0531 long
Keep ahead for a few more paces and then turn right onto the stone track leading you behind the depot (still signed as the Ebor Way). When the workshop walls on your right end, you will come to a fingerpost ahead. Turn right (still on the Ebor Way) and this stone track leads you to a field gate. NOTE: This next field is likely to be holding horses and sheep. Pass through the gate to enter the pasture and walk straight ahead on the track, following the line of fence and trees on your left.
|Railway Bridge to River Bridge|
Start point: 54.2356 lat, -1.0336 long
The railway bridge here once carried the North Eastern Railway Line between Thirsk and Pickering. Turn left towards the bridge but do NOT pass under it. Instead, turn right immediately beforehand, following the line of the fence and old railway on your left (passing through a couple of gates within the sheep holding pens if necessary). Just a few metres along, fork right (at about 1 o’clock) across the pasture to reach a field gate set within the right-hand fence line (close to the corner where the fence steps back to the river).
|River Bridge to Farm Track|
Start point: 54.2301 lat, -1.032 long
At the far side of the bridge, a gate leads you into the next sheep pasture. At this point, glance to your right and you will see the kissing gate that you will use to exit this pasture. However, the line of the public right of way takes a slightly convoluted route to reach this. Walk ahead (for about 60 metres) to reach a line of trees and then turn sharp right (at about 4 o’clock) passing this tree line on your left and then a single (almost horizontal!) oak tree on your right. You will come to the kissing gate on your left.
|Farm Track to End|
Start point: 54.2335 lat, -1.0454 long
Turn right along this track. The track rises steadily and at the brow of the slope, take time to enjoy the far-reaching views that have opened up ahead and to your right. Further along, the distinctive red rooftops of Helmsley are visible in the valley bottom. Pass through the makeshift gate alongside a vehicle gate and keep ahead on the track, passing old barns on your right. A final gate at the end of the track leads you out to a junction with the A170.
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My daughter, 2 teenage grandsons walked this today. Very quiet, met only 2 groups yet Helmsley was heaving as it was a beautiful day and a Sunday. The route back after the trout farm was tricky. The banks by the river were treacherous and difficult to walk. Perhaps last year's floods had taken away some of the bankside. A walk there and back to just before the trout farm would be advised in the future. We all enjoyed it though.
|By petersfield on 09 Apr 2017|
We have walked this route with our two dogs and found it to be safe and easy to follow - so thank you for the clear instructions. It is worth pushing through the slightly uninspiring start to the views of the valley at the end. Dogs mostly on the lead.
|By Flipflopgirl on 29 May 2017|
This walk was heavily overgrown in its early riverside stages! Not very well marked in certain areas! Relied on gps to get on right paths. Would not repeat the experience which was somewhat disappointing overall!
|By drifters on 04 Jun 2017|
We walked this route on 27/6/17. After crossing the gated wooden bridges, the riverside path soon became very overgrown. There is another overgrown area in the 'River bridge to Farm track section. Going through the kissing gate, the vegetation was taller than me, but after that everything was fine. We were pleased that we had persevered and done the walk; it would probably be easier earlier or later in the year.
|By JaniceandPau on 30 Jun 2017|
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