Walks and Bike Rides

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.

A 20 minute drive will take you through the pretty village of Slingsby to Castle Howard, where there are walks with beautiful views in this AONB. There are cafes at CH and the Arboretum.

If you’re looking to walk most of the day,see some very pretty villages and beautiful scenery, then the round walk from Harome to Cawton won’t disappoint. From Harome head towards Nunnington where the river Rye runs through the village and beside the N.T. Nunnington Hall. Pretty stone built cottages and the parish church of All Saints stands at the top of the village. From here head over to Stonegrave, where the smallest Minster in the country stands just off the road and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Set in an AONB there are far reaching views, so you’ll get some great photo’s on a clear day. Your final destination is the hamlet of Cawton, a sleepy little place but on the path of the Ebor Way is worth a wander through. We can provide maps and the walk back is equally as lovely, about a 10 mile steady walk. There aren’t any pubs on this walk so a few supplies would be worth while, but once back in Harome, call at The Star Inn for refreshment!

Late May and a beautiful evening for a walk. From the top of Nunnington, looking towards Oswaldkirk and in the opposite direction, dropping down to Stonegrave Minster.


For stunning views and a varied walk, this is a super hike. Details below and a little video to whet your appetite!


Kirk Dale, 3.5 miles, easy walking, gentle landscape. Just a 10 minute drive from Harome. Below is St. Gregory’s Minster, Kirk Dale. Explorer OL26, we have the walk for guests to use.

A round walk from Sinnington, North Yorkshire…Autumn walk, calling at The New Inn, Cropton which has its own brewery and you can grab lunch here too…we took a picnic….about 6 miles, easy walking. Fabulous views.

November on a misty day and a couple of local walks, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, showing the stately home of the Fevershams and the Helmsley castle.


Miles of footpaths at Castle Howard nearby and beautiful scenery. Stop for light refreshments at CH stately home or the arboretum on the estate. Me below getting to grips with walking poles!

As we begin 2021, back into lockdown, I’ve decided to attempt a walk of 1000 miles! I’ve got the whole year and at the moment we have the time….but hopefully we’ll be busy in the b&b from Spring onwards🤞, so you may see me rushing out in the evening!! Wish me luck…!
Well, I did it (there were times when I didn’t think I’d have enough time) and thoroughly enjoyed getting out in the countryside that’s around us………I really didn’t go that far away from where we live! It made me get out in all weathers and I really benefitted from the exercise both physically and mentally. So if you fancy a challenge, I would highly recommend #walka1000miles! Go for it!

My companions were family, friends and Alfie our dog.

Winter walks can be a muddy affair! Here Alfie has had a great walk at Terrington, North Yorkshire with his best friend Hettie!

I’m hopeless when it comes to directions, but like to know what’s over that hill or which direction is home, even on walks I’ve done before, but I’m loving this ViewRanger app, it’s great and simple to use! Here’s one I walked earlier!

Taken with ViewRanger Skyline – Compass Heading : 292°, Version : 10.4.5(643), Field of View : 62.7, Device : iPhone12,8(13.7)

The village of Nunnington is a pretty little place, set on a hill with lovely cottages and church. You’ll see from previous walks it’s popular with us as we can either walk from Harome or drive the 2 miles and walk from there. Park at the top of Caulkleys Bank at the pull in (stunning views) and walk across the bank towards West Ness and back along the river, passing the NT Nunnington Hall, which serves light snacks and is well worth a visit. Can you spot the snowman through the gates of Nunnington Hall!

Whether you are a mad keen cyclist or one for pottering around sleepy villages, North Yorkshire has it all. We have safe cycle storage and bike cleaning facilities……an outside tap and a brush, but more importantly a hot bath/shower, home made cake and a pot of Yorkshire tea, ready for your return! Relax and ponder over the ups and downs of the day’s ride.
Route. www.plotaroute.com/route/547790y
The North York Moors National Park is a great website for cyclists. It’s full of useful information from hiring bikes to advice on routes/terrain and sporting events. The Yorkshire Cycle Hub at Great Fryup Dale, where they serve great home made food. The views are amazing from the lovely cafe, which in winter has a logburner to warm you up. There is a small shop selling bike accessories. hello@yorkshirecyclehub.co.uk