Helmsley is a beautiful market town on the border of the North Yorkshire Moors. It lies on the AI70 road and is north of York and South of Middlesbrough and is a popular tourist destination. It has four former coaching inns, a great feat in itself, and it also has a beautiful dramatic castle ruin, that dates back to the 1200s. If you visit Helmsley, then there is no doubt that you should go at least part of the Cleveland Way, it is a 109 mile walk, that winds its way around the outskirts of the North York Moors Park. From a stunning coastline, to tall majestic forests, and sweeping moors, you can see some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside. There are also plenty of castles and abbeys to take your pick from including Helmsley Castle, Rievalux Abbey, Byland Abbey, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle. The Cleveland Way starts off in Helmsley market square, which is best on Friday which is market day. The square is surrounded by a colorful assortment of shops pubs and cafes, and there are smaller streets off the square that are great to explore. If you are an adventures type, then you will love to wander through the North York Moors, off the beaten track, and surrounded by rolling hills, gusty wind, and hidden streams and dales. Just don''t forget to wear you wellies, as it can be tough and wet going, depending on what time of the year you visit! If you like the great outdoors and mother nature in her British finest, then Helmsley is a great place to visit. There are plenty of B&Bs and Hotels to take your pick from just be sure to book in advance during the Summer as this is a popular tourist destination. If you bring your family, there is plenty to do, there is a art center, where on Wednesdays they have a small cozy cinema, quaint like they used to be. There are plenty of castles to explore, and even an outdoor pool, for when the sun is shining!
Helmsley is one of the most attractive villages in the country. Helmsley is a beautiful market town, set in its old ways. Helmsley has been nicknamed "the red roof top" and "the gateway to the moors" Helmsley in set in the foot of the North Yorkshire moors, and some of the most attractive scenes around Britain. The market place in Helmsley is clean and is surrounded by historical old stone buildings. The main feature in the Market place is a large monument (lit. up by flood lights at night) of Lord Feversham. This statue dominates the market place. PLACES IN HELMSLEY Helmsley has some very relaxing things to do. The walled garden- the walled garden has been restored for a few years now. The walls of the garden were originally built in 1956. After a lot of the residents in Helmsley offering to help plant and maintain the garden Helmsley walled garden is now full of blooming, colourful flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables (and how could I forget to mention the pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other small animals that live there!) The walled garden has the beautiful backdrop of Helmsley castle. Duncombe park- This is the ground and home belonging to Lord and lady Feversham. The ground is beautiful with some great walks, but I personally don’t think much of the house! Helmsley castle- The castle was built around 1180. The original defensive arrangements are very impressive. All around the castle is two very low ditches and a draw bridge! The castle later became a mansion in the Tudor period, Helmsley is now a ruin after coming under attack by Oliver Cromwell and his large army. The old meeting house- this is exactly what it says its a meeting house! It has a small cinema, and a drama group for the children of Helmsley to go to! Helmsley has some lovely café’s and shops my favourite are; Browns- a small departmental store also a larger one in the centre of York. It has very expensive clothes and everyday household goods. CO-OP- this is a mini supermarket (really mini!) but it has everyday essentials. Nice things- is a little souvenir shop and café I don’t really like the shop but the café is lovely and clean and full of nice staff! Nicolsons- this is a small butchers as well as a delicatessens and it also sells Veg’ and fruit and milk. This is owned by Mr Nicolson who is one of the councillors in Helmsley. Every Friday Helmsley market place is invaded by a lot of people from over small villages as it Market day. Set in the market of Helmsley, there are essential stalls, as well as a great friendly atmosphere. To the "back" of Helmsley the is a small stream that flows though Helmsley. This has very clean water and has a very old stone bridge going over it. Full of Ducks this is one of my Favourite places in Helmsley (well as well as the open air swimming pool!!) Helmsley is 28 miles north of York and 30 west of Scarboughra and very near Flamingo land. If you pass through I suggest that you take a look around the magnificant village. Helmsley would be a perfect holiday destination if you want a quite, relaxing holiday. Forget the lake district Helmsley is just as stunning and charming but even Friendlier. If you have ever been to Helmsley could you please tell me what you thought of the place as I would really like to know!! :> Karen :>