Helmsley

Chris J Parker / NYMNPA

Helmsley

Chris J. Parker / NYMNPA

Helmsley

Helmsley Castle – Chris J. Parker / NYMNPA

Helmsley

 

The picturesque market town of Helmsley is only a short drive away and is accessible from Woodlands Farm via a stunning drive over the Moors via Hawnby (this route also takes you past Rievaulx Abbey).  This route is arguably at its best when the heather is in bloom.  Helmsley itself is situated at the point where the undulating moorland meets the flatter land of the Vale of Pickering and this is very noticeable whether you approach across the Moors via Hawnby or drive up Sutton Bank.  

 

The Cleveland Way National Trail starts at Helmsley and follows a 110 mile U-shaped route around the North York Moors National Park before ending in Filey.  There has been a settlement at Helmsley for over 5,000 years and the Town itself is now part of a Conservation Area with numerous Listed Buildings, however the skyline is undoubtedly dominated by the remains of Helmsley Castle.  

 

Helmsley is well worth a visit and there are lots of thing to do for Guests of all ages, including the National Centre of Birds for Birds of Prey (in the grounds of Duncombe Park), Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx Terrace and Nunnington Hall which is National Trust Property.

 

 

 

Helmsley Castle – Chris J. Parker / NYMNPA