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Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey is a 6.3 mile out and back trail located near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,145 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Wild flowers Historic site
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Getting There

A walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route follows the Cleveland Way through open fields, beautiful woodland belts and along quiet lanes to visit the spectacular Rievaulx Abbey before returning along the same route. This walk is published through a collaboration with Ryedale District Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections within the woodlands. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus two long flights of stone steps which take you through a woodland valley (both there and back), but there are no stiles on route. You are likely to be sharing a couple of the fields with sheep so take particular care with dogs. The middle stretch of the route (by the Abbey) follows the edge of quiet lanes so take care of traffic at these points. You will have good views of Rievaulx Abbey from the public paths and lanes, but should you wish to enter the abbey grounds, these are managed by English Heritage and entrance fees apply (which includes an audio tour). Dogs on leads are welcome. Check the English Heritage website for fees and opening times. Allow 3 hours plus extra time to visit the abbey. There are public toilets in the long stay car park (close to waypoint 1) and there are also toilets at Rievaulx Abbey at the half way point. If you are looking for refreshments, the abbey has a cafe and 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 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.

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jill turnbull
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Lovely walk. very popular. Easy route so you won't get lost

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Christopher Slater
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David Goldsmith
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Very gentle linear walk, varies scenery.

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Karen Fawdington
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nice walk with great views

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Claire Emmerson
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Nice easy trail with only a couple of short steep parts.

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Eamonn Cluskey
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Lovely walk, not too strenuous. Just over an hour each way. 95% hard surface path, not suitable for mobility scooters. The Abbey is beautiful and well worth a visit. it is part of English Heritage and will cost you just under a tenner each to get in if you are not a member.

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David Jackson
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nice gentle walk great scenery nothing too strenuous

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Geoff Weaver
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Very good walk for the novice.

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Patrick samuel
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Great walk, though part of it is on the road which can be busy.

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David Picken
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Superb weather made this gentle ramble even more enjoyable. Don’t normally like to come back the same way but I am making an exception for this walk.

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fiona mackirdy
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Great walk and rievaulx is stunning

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Colette Meehan
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Karen Marshall
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Andrew Ball
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Alex Howard
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Adam Perks
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Tony Amis
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Kelly Fisher
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Joe Houghton
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Chris Peace
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Nick Murphy
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Angels Bowmer
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Karen Husband
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liz rees
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Frances Howorth
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Paul Mollet
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Sam Sam
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Jenny Yare
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Damien O'Carroll
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Zoe Robinson
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