Late Autumn on Hawnby moor near Rievaulx and Alfie with the wind flapping his ears!
There is a lovely walk from Harome to Nunnington, mostly following the river, in Spring the wild garlic smells heady,adding a blanket of white along the bank. I always pick a few leaves as it makes great fresh pesto! The walk takes you around the edge of fields, early showings of corn with fantastic views towards Nunnington in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nunnington is a pretty village with a National Trust house, which has a variety of small exhibitions on throughout the year and a wonderful collection of dolls houses. Nearby is a small complex of studios around a stone built courtyard. Morning coffee and light lunches are served, (seasonal opening). This round walk is approximately 6 miles and we have this walk and similar ones, starting from our b&b for guests to use.
From Helmsley, just 2 miles away, there is a round walk through Duncombe Park, it can be extended to Rievaulx Abbey, the Cistercian Monastery, built in 1132, and that would take it into a day walk. Duncombe Park is a historic house and estate and although the house isn’t open to the public, the parkland and the National Centre for Birds of Prey is well worth a visit. From Duncombe Park there are good views of Helmsley Castle, a mighty medieval fortress. There are a number of paths, signposted which can take you by the river or along forest roads. The walks take you back into Helmsley where there are coffee shops and pubs for a well deserved drink and a bite to eat. Helmsley is a beautiful market town, with independent shops and great to wander round. We have walk directions here for guests to use.
The North York Moors National Park has a very informative website with many walks ready to download. There are easy access walks to those more demanding of 7 miles and over. They also provide guided walks. Well worth a visit, there is something for everyone.
Another website which we use is, www.yorkshirewalks.org and a favourite of ours is at Cowhouse Bank, (Forestry Commission) just 5 miles from us. There are fabulous views and the paths are mainly forest tracks.