My sister and I left Goathland after having stayed overnight at our lovely Heatherdene guest house and thought we might explore new surroundings. Having reckindled my love of walking we decided to drive to Helmsley near York. We first parked in Helmsley town centre which is only small but what a beautiful well kept little village with its querky little gift shops and cafes. After we'd purchased our lunch to take on our walk we drove to Duncombe Park.There are waymarked walks, discovery trails and orienteering courses for all ages which explore the woodlands, river valley, meadows, woodland skyline and commercial forestry. After walking several miles on the mapped route I looked up and saw the the stunning remains of Rievaulx Abbey. It is a reminder of the scale of what was once the wealthiest Abbey in England. It runs along side the river Rye and down at the bottom there is a Heritage gift and coffee shop which I have to say make the best carrot cake. All in all we had a lovely day and I really do think this is well worth a visit, especially if you have young children.
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