Out on to Rievaulx Moor and through woodland to Acre Grain Plantation. South to Helmsley via Collier Hag Wood and Beck Dale. From the town, it’s west on the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Bridge, north to Rievaulx Abbey, and back to the car park through the woods on the east side of the River Rye. A 13-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.

Rievaulx Moor.

There’s a path through there!

The path through Acre Grain Plantation, Rievaulx Moor.

Acre Grain Plantation looking a bit on the scruffy side after recent tree felling.

The track through Collier Hag Wood, north-west of Helmsley.

Heading into Helmsley from Beck Dale.

Helmsley town centre.

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

Griff Lodge on the route of the Cleveland Way, west of Helmsley.

Rievaulx Bridge over the River Rye.

Gardens near Rievaulx Bridge.

Rievaulx Abbey.

Thatched cottage in Rievaulx.

Church of St Mary, Rievaulx.

Rievaulx Methodist Church.

The view south over Rye Dale.

The uphill track through Newgate Plantation.