Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale

Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale

Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale

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Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale

Distance: 8 miles
Duration: 4 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key

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Why you should do this walk…

An 8 mile (13km) 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 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

Dog friendly?…

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.

Walk map


How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Visit Ryedale: Helmsley and Riccal Dale walk please visit iFootpath 


Full walk description

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  1. Colin Grover  - 25/06/2017 - 5:39 pm
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    What a fantastic site to come across
    We came here for a week of dog walking – found this web page and have found our itinerary for the whole time
    Brilliant description and turn by turn guide
    The bit where he states the next bit is tricky – see comment above about a pheasant pen now installed – either walk through it to the gate at the end or walk around outside on a clockwise orientation – either way brings you to the next way point.
    Thanks from the four of us, (2 adults and 2 GSDs) for a brilliant web site, a great holiday and a great area for a walking holiday
    From the Grovers of Essex

    • DogWalksYorkshire  - 30/06/2017 - 2:41 pm
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      Thank you – very good to hear that you had a great holiday. You may also like our sister site where there are more than 1,000 walking guides. Not all are dog friendly – but you will be able to judge whether the walk is suitable for you and your doggy by reading the overview. All the walks on the iFootpath website are available on the iFootpath app – no printing and a live GPS powered map.

      Warm Regards


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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.

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