Helmsley to Rievaulx

Helmsley to Rievaulx

Helmsley to Rievaulx

6 Comments on Helmsley to Rievaulx

Helmsley to Rievaulx

Distance: 6.5 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key

Weather Forecast

Helmsley Weather
light intensity drizzle rain
humidity: 66%
wind: 12m/s WNW
H 10 • L 9
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Why you should do this walk…

A 6.5 mile (10.5km) there and back 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 part of the Visit Ryedale Collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

Dog friendly?…

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.

Walk map

The Gallery

How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Helmsley to Rievaulx walk please visit iFootpath

Full walk description

Http iframes are not shown in https pages in many major browsers. Please read this post for details.

Related Posts


  1. gemmasneyd  - 30/04/2012 - 5:06 pm
    Reply /

    This was a really lovely walk. We didn’t quite reach Rievaulx as we realised we weren’t going to be able to get all the way there and back before our car parking ticket ran out. I think we took a little longer as it was our first time on this walk and we were taking care to not make any wrong turns. Once the fields of sheep were passed, my two dogs were able to be off the lead right up until the road, which was lovely. The field of sheep enclosed by a wire fence (described in step 2) is well enclosed , however there was a hole in the hedge on the left leading into a field of horses (which one of my dogs found of course!). Luckily he came straight back, but it’s something to look out for if your dog isn’t horse friendly. Overall I thought this was a lovely walk and will definitely become one of my regulars. I’m already looking forward to trying out another walk next weekend!

    • corina  - 30/04/2012 - 7:17 pm
      Reply /

      Thanks for the info, that’s very useful to know. Will update the walk. Let us know how you get on with any others you do.

  2. Elizabeth  - 08/08/2013 - 6:09 pm
    Reply /

    Brilliant walk, have done it frequently… good point to note just near the car park in Helmsley VISIT Ryeburn Icecream ….. brilliant .. just what is needed before setting off on a warm walk!

    • corina  - 08/08/2013 - 8:58 pm
      Reply /

      Hi, Rievalux is a lovely walk and the ice cream stop sounds like an inspired stop-off. We will add it to the walk – thanks 🙂 Hope you enjoy the other walks on the site too.

  3. neil  - 22/04/2014 - 8:06 pm
    Reply /

    First time on this walk. Really good. Not too strenuous although dog went straight to sleep back in B&B. can also recommend Carlton Lodge in Helmsley as being very dog friendly.

    Look forward to doing more of your walks. Thanks for the accurate info.

  4. Daniel  - 02/11/2014 - 4:32 pm
    Reply /

    What a fabulous view and walk all the way to the abbey, we stopped at the abbey and had a quick bite to eat out the back with the dog and then set off back !! Must admit the walk back is rather quick and the view towards Helmsley is amazing. Brilliant recommended walk – will look forward to doing another one on here.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to Top

Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

An updated version of this walk is available on the iFootpath Android and iOS App. Please visit Get iFootpath

Get iFootpath

iFootpath App

And the iFootpath Website