Lovely walk today from Harome to Nunnington, mostly following the river, the wild garlic now in flower, adding a blanket of white. 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 The Royal Oak pub and a small complex of studios around a stone built courtyard. Here we had lunch, pea and mint soup with two delicious chunks of bread, at Fryton Coffee House. The round walk was 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.