6 great walks near Helmsley

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 21 May 2019

Rievaulx Bridge

Rievaulx Bridge

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Many people use Helmsley as a base for exploring the North York Moors, these six walks all commence within a ten mile radius of the market town, making them perfect for a day trip.

Ruins of Rievaulx AbbeyRuins of Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey and Hambleton Hills

3 miles from Helmsley

This walk on the edge of the Hambleton Hills, close to Sutton Bank, egins from the charming hamlet of Old Byland, visits the stunning ruins of Rievaulx and weaves through charming woodland and spends a while tracing the valley of the Rye through constantly-changing scenery.

Click here to see the Rievaulx Abbey walk route


Nunnington HallNunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

6 miles from Helmsley

The Howardian Hills are steeped in history and this walk, which also takes in the valley of the Rye, visits two of the most historic buildings in the area.

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Hawnby and Easterside HillHawnby and Easterside Hill


7 miles from Helmsley

Setting off from All Saints' Church, there are good paths and tracks but a high ridge to climb on this lovely moorland walk.

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Coxwold and the White Horse etched on the hillsideCoxwold and the White Horse etched on the hillside


8 miles from Helmsley

This walk, sandwiched between the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills, takes in four delightful villages and some gentle countryside with sweeping views of the Vale of York and the escarpment of the moors around the White Horse.

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Hutton-le-Hole. one of the most popular villages in the North York Moors National Park Photo Robert Christopher/AlamyHutton-le-Hole. one of the most popular villages in the North York Moors National Park Photo Robert Christopher/Alamy


9 miles from Helmsley

This walk sets off from the Ryedale Folk Museum and takes in the charming valley of the River Dove before calling in on another charming community at Gillamoor before making its way back to the start.

Click here to see the Hutton-le-Hole walk route


Whitestone Cliff and Gormire LakeWhitestone Cliff and Gormire Lake

Sutton Bank

9 miles from Helmsley

Many people believe that the view from the top of Sutton Bank is one of the finest in the country, follow good paths and woodland tracks to discover wonderful panoramic vistas.

Click here to see the Sutton Bank walk route


All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

Take the Hemlsey circular walk thats takes you north of Helmsley and back again.

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