• Cleveland Way begins

    The height of Summer and the sunburn proves it!

    The pretty village of Helmsley is left in glorious Summer weather. This picturesque spot lies in the south of The North York Moors and is often thronged over the weekend by an endless procession of motorbikes.. The way turns off the main road to Stokesley down the appropriately named Cleveland Way and soon exits into open countryside, fringing fields and woods. Take a moment to look back over the shoulder to see prominent Helmsley Castle before proceeding to the Rievaulx road.

    The road is followed for approximately one mile, to the attendant smell of liquorice, before a good track is found on the right. This leads to a series of fish ponds standing serene at the height of Summer with gentle ripples coursing over the surface dappled in sunlight and occasionally pieced by a rising fish. After crossing the feeder stream the forest is entered to a clatter of woodpigeon wings. The trees wrap intimately around the walker, inclining their heads as if to listen to the innermost thoughts of the passer by.

    Read more on the 'Long Distance Walks' section of the website.

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