Helmsley is an attractive little market town tucked at the foot of the Hambleton and Tablular Hills on the southern side of the North York Moors. The red pantiled roofs are characteristic in the dales of the North York Moors.
For those escaping the bustle of Helmsley’s market square, the town also has an ancient Church.
Both the not-so-square market square and the little church are dwarfed by the Castle, whose keep sits closest to the town itself; a constant reminder of a belligerent past. The more modern structure opposite the keep was renovated in Tudor times but the castle itself was built in the thirteenth century, complete with imposing earthworks.
The magnificent ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx lie just a few minutes up the road.
Ryedale’s pretty rolls
The pretty countryside round Helmsley is the product of one of Yorkshire’s gentlest dales, Ryedale. Having passed Rievaulx a few miles upstream, the Rye curls round the beautiful landscaped grounds of Duncombe Park.