6 great walks near Helmsley

Helmsley nestles exquisitely into its North York Moors surroundings

Helmsley nestles exquisitely into its North York Moors surroundings - Credit: Joan Russell

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.

Beck Dale narrows

Beck Dale narrows - Credit: Archant

Helmsley circular
0 miles from Helmsley
Setting off from the centre of the market town you head north to explore the pretty Beck Dale and Ash Dale, following a section of the Tabular Hills Walk, a link route that was created to transform the Cleveland Way long distance trail from a horseshoe shape into a closed circuit of the North York Moors and coast
Click here to view the details of the Helmsley circular walk

Ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Ruins of Rievaulx Abbey - Credit: Archant

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 Hall

Nunnington Hall - Credit: Archant

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.
Click here to see the Nunnington walk route

Hawnby and Easterside Hill

Hawnby and Easterside Hill - Credit: Archant

Hawnby
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.
Click here to see the Hawnby walk route

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

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

Hutton-le-Hole
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 Lake

Whitestone Cliff and Gormire Lake - Credit: Archant

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. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.