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|Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 6: Kirkbymoorside to Helmsley|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 04 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 9 mile (14.5km) linear walk from Kirkbymoorside to Helmsley in North Yorkshire, forming the sixth and final part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route heads west through a mixture of open crop fields, sheep pastures and woodland valleys with gorgeous views from the hilltops. Along the way there are several interesting landmarks including Kirkdale Cave (where a fascinating set of fossilised bones were discovered), St Gregory’s Minster, the predominantly thatched village of Pockley and the magical woodland ravine of Riccal Dale. |
ABOUT: The Ryedale Market Towns trail is a 67-mile (108km) long-distance circular trail, created to allow walkers to enjoy the highlights of Ryedale, visiting each of the five market towns along the way. It is 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
ACCESS: The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout, plus a couple of steeper sections through Riccal Dale. The paths are mostly unmade and can get very muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates, two footbridges (one of which has steps each end) plus 5 stiles (a couple of which have tight fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over). You will be sharing many of the pastures with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. There are only a few short sections along country lanes. Allow 4.5 hours.
LOGISTICS: If you are completing the whole 67-mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at both ends of this stretch, in Kirkbymoorside and in Helmsley. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 9-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus 128 will take you from Helmsley Market Place to Kirkbymoorside Market Place, taking just 20 minutes. The buses usually run hourly Mon-Sat and every two hours on Sundays.
FACILITIES: There are public toilets at each end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, there are lots of shops (including two bakeries) in Kirkbymoorside if you want to buy picnic supplies and you will be spoilt for choice in Helmsley at the end of the walk.
OS Maps: 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.
GETTING THERE: The walk starts and finishes outside Kirkbymoorside Library at the top end of High Market Place. If you are coming by car, there is some roadside parking or the long stay Town Farm pay and display car park is situated just behind the library (accessed from High Market Place between the library and The Kings Head). Approximate post code YO62 6AT. If you are coming by bus, the nearest bus stop is Kirkbymoorside Market Place. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info. From the bus stop, walk uphill along the main street (Market Place) and just before the mini roundabout at the top, you will find the library on your left, where this walk begins.
|Start to Fields|
Start point: 54.2708 lat, -0.9329 long
Standing with your back to the library, turn left along the pavement to reach the mini-roundabout at the top of High Market Place. Turn left here (signed to Farndale) and follow the pavement steadily downhill. At the bottom of the slope, turn left into Manor Close and just a few paces along turn right onto the wide tarmac footpath, Back Lane. Just before you reach a bench, turn left onto the side branch of this path and follow this between a house on your left and a hedge on your right.
|Fields to Robin Hood Howl|
Start point: 54.2709 lat, -0.9412 long
Cross the stile to enter the first field and walk directly ahead, pass through the gateway (or use the adjacent stile) and stay in the same direction across this second field. Take the stile into the third field and cross this one at about 11 o’clock. At the far side another stile leads you into the corner of a fourth pasture. Keep straight ahead, following the line of hedgerow on your left.
|Robin Hood Howl to St Gregory's Minster|
Start point: 54.2658 lat, -0.9531 long
Turn left through the kissing gate into a pasture and continue straight ahead, following the line of the wire fence on your right. Stay with this fence-side path and it will lead you out of the pasture via a kissing gate (just to the right of a field gate). You will emerge to a staggered road junction. Go straight ahead on the small lane signed to Helmsley (although this signpost was slightly skewed when we passed), taking care of any traffic. Further along, the lane begins to descend.
|St Gregory's Minster to Lund Head|
Start point: 54.2629 lat, -0.9627 long
When you have finished at the church, retrace your steps back to the junction with the lane. Turn right for two paces and immediately right again, climbing the steep unmade bank (signed as a bridleway). At the top, go through the bridle gate to enter a crop field and turn right along the grass field boundary, with the fence on your right and crop field on your left. On the slope to your right you will see a beautiful mixed woodland that has a carpet of wild flowers in the spring. Follow this field boundary ahead, passing through (or alongside) the first bridle gate (that marks an old field boundary) and, soon after, passing through a second bridle gate to join a path through woodland.
|Lund Head to Nawton Village|
Start point: 54.2656 lat, -0.9859 long
Keep straight ahead to join the access drive, passing the stone buildings on your left. Follow the sweeping driveway which leads you past a number of interesting specimen trees. When the stone wall on your left ends, stay with the driveway as it swings right, leading you between an avenue of trees and wide grass verges. At the end of the drive, pass through the gap to the right of the vehicle gate to reach a T-junction with a quiet lane, Guncroft Lane.
|Nawton Village to Pockley Village|
Start point: 54.2541 lat, -0.9943 long
Turn right to follow the pavement alongside the A170, crossing over the High Street side road and passing the fish and chip shop across to your left. Keep ahead on the pavement, passing the bus stops, to reach the sign marking the start of Beadlam village. At this point, turn right into Howldale Lane, passing the village church on your left. At the end of the lane, ignore the footpath signed left into the pasture. Instead, go straight ahead along the public bridleway track, leading you through a tunnel of trees.
|Pockley Village to River Riccal|
Start point: 54.2645 lat, -1.0235 long
Turn left along the village lane, passing more pretty cottages on your right, including the long thatched White Cottage. After the last house on your right (Oak Tree House), ignore the first stone track on your right and, just a few metres later, turn right through a wide gate to enter a pasture (signed as a footpath). Keep straight ahead along the stone track.
|River Riccal to Monk Holme Wood|
Start point: 54.2652 lat, -1.038 long
At the far side of the bridge, go down the steps, turn right along the grass track and this leads you to a staggered T-junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn sharp left to join this track (heading almost back on yourself). Ignore the grass track forking right up the hillside and, further along, you will come to a fork in the track with a waymarker post.
|Monk Holme Wood to End|
Start point: 54.256 lat, -1.047 long
Follow the stone track leading you downhill. At the bottom of the slope, swing sharp left (passing a waymarker post on your right) to join the grass path that runs along the bottom of this beautiful wooded valley, lined with elegant tall trees. Whilst there is no stream or river running through this valley, it can become water-logged in winter and after periods of rain. Continue to the end of this wooded valley where a wooden gate leads you into a sheep pasture.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 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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