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Helmsley and Riccal Dale

MODERATE 2 reviews

Helmsley and Riccal Dale is a 13.0 kilometer loop 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, and trail running.

Distance: 13.0 km Elevation Gain: 593 m Route Type: Loop


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wild flowers

A circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads out across sheep pastures and open fields to explore the woodland ravine of Riccal Dale, in the company of the beautiful River Riccal. This walk is published through a collaboration with Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections within the woodlands. Whilst some of the tracks are firm stone, many of the other stretches through woodland can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several single bridle gates throughout plus one stile (with adjacent dog gap within the fence) and two footbridges with steps on the return leg. If necessary, you can avoid the stile and bridges by simply using the same paths for the outward and return leg. You will be sharing a few of the fields with sheep (and maybe horses) so take particular care with dogs. Allow 4 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.

4 months ago

great walk, chicken fence still there just on right is a dirt track as other people have said also car parking fees have gone up to £5-00 for 6 hrs or more you can park on roadside nearby for nothing just be careful where you park instructions spot on again for walk

Thursday, June 07, 2018

As above problems with the game pen. The OS shows a right of way but the path marked on the OS differs slightly. Next time I will review the advice above with a view to following the exact route. ADMIN UPDATE 26 JUNE 2018: Thank you for confirming that the pheasant pen still sits across part of the footpath. We have updated the walking guide to give an alternative route after the footbridge for walkers that would prefer to avoid this.

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