Rievaulx Abbey


North York Moors

Route: Helmsley to Rievaulx and back

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 1st September 2013

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 11.8 miles

Ascnet: 900 feet

We set off for Helmsley from our base at Derwent View with the intention of walking 3 miles from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey, then catching the Moors bus back. Once at Rievaulx, we found that there was a permissive path back to Helmsley via Rievaulx Terrace, so we decided to walk back. That decision, along with our meanderings around the various points of interest along the way, quadrupled the distance – and multiplied the pleasure by an even greater factor

We left Helmsley from the long stay car park and immediately joined the Cleveland Way. It was a lovely walk through fields and woodland to Rievaulx, and once there we spent some time wandering round the well preserved ruins

We left the Abbey and walked through the village to enter Rievaulx Terrace, a National Trust property. We walked through woodland and back along a grassy terrace with wonderful views back over Rievaulx Abbey. The permissive path then took us back to the Cleveland Way and we retraced our steps back into Helmsley

There was yet more to come – we then visited the walled garden, which was beautiful, then Helmsley Castle and finally had a walk round the unspoilt village

It was a day crammed full of interest – absolutely fantastic!

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