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The Cistercian Walk (Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey)


A 7 mile circular walk linking ancient monuments set within the beautiful North York Moors National Park.


The walks start at 10.30 from outside the Black Swan in Helmsley and would normally take about 4 hours steady walking before arriving back in Helmsley. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at Rievaulx, and Helmsley.


Your adventure starts from the charming Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. This North Yorkshire town is steeped in history with attractions to appeal to all, from a 900 year castle ruin, a 250 year old Walled Garden and a fine selection of quaint tea rooms, this is the perfect place to kick start you’re walking experience. With outstanding panoramic views across areas of ancient woodland, splendid primeval abbeys, and an abundance of wildlife makes for a breath taking experience of seclusion and peacefulness. We head out through the beautiful Duncombe Park estate before joining one of England’s most celebrated national trails, the Cleveland Way, and then onward to Rievaulx Abbey. Dating back to 1131 the monks set to and laid the foundations of what was to become the largest and richest Cistercian house in England.


What you will need

In order for you to enjoy and take full advantage of the events on offer it is imperative that you look after yourself and turn up with the appropriate kit. We highly recommend suitable walking shoes/boots, proper outdoor clothing for the time of year and a reasonable level of walking fitness. Unfortunately young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.