West from Helmsley along the Cleveland Way to the point where Flassen Dale merges with Nettle Dale. Further west using paths, tracks and minor roads to the cliff top above South Woods. South on the Cleveland Way to Sutton Bank, north-east to Cold Kirby, then east to Ashberry Farm. South-east through woodland on the southern side of the River Rye before crossing the river at Jinny York Bridge, returning to Helmsley by way of Duncombe Park. An 18-mile walk in the North York Moors.

The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North York Moors Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL26, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.

My first sighting of lambs this year. Spring is in the air!

The Cleveland Way footpath above Jinny York Bank, approximately two miles west of Helmsley.

Griff Lodge by the side of the Cleveland Way footpath above Jinny York Bank.

A stream flows through the gardens of this picturesque property and joins the River Rye near Rievaulx Bridge.

The River Rye at Rievaulx Bridge.

Stepping stones across a small stream near Callister Wood.

Nettle Dale.

Barbecue hut in Nettle Dale.

The view north-east towards Rievaulx Moor in the distance.

The Cleveland Way footpath between Sneck Yate and Sutton Bank.

The view north over South Woods towards Boltby Scar.

The view north towards Boltby Scar. The village of Boltby is visible in the valley.

Looking down on Gormire Lake from Whitestone Cliff.

Whitestone Cliff, also called White Mare Crag.

St Michael’s Church, Cold Kirby.

Barbecue hut and picnic area in Flassen Dale.

Barbecue hut in Flassen Dale.

Friendly enough, but I’m happy to be on the other side of the fence.

The Duncombe Park estate just outside Helmsley.

The Duncombe Park stately home, a Grade 1 listed building.

Helmsley Castle and Helmsley Walled Garden.

Helmsley Castle.

Helmsley town centre.