The Newgate Bank and Helmsley walk in the North York Moors

From the car park at the top of Newgate Bank, north-east then south-east across Rievaulx Moor into woodland, then south via Beck Dale to Helmsley. North-east out of the town towards Monk Holme Wood, before heading north along the western side of Riccal Dale Wood. Finally north-west and west, following paths above Cowhouse Bank, Rievaulx Bank and Ayton Bank, then south-west to return to the car park. A 15-mile walk in the North York Moors.


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Rievaulx Moor.


Acre Grain Plantation, Rievaulx Moor.


Collier Hag Wood, north-west of Helmsley.


Stone sculpture in Helmsley marking the start of the Cleveland Way, which is 109 miles long and finishes in Filey.


Helmsley Castle.


Helmsley town centre.

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Riccal Dale, north of Helmsley.


The view north-east from the top of Cowhouse Bank.

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Cowhouse Bank.


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