Helmsley – historic, haunting and yet a hive of activity, is one of the most popular towns nestling on the outskirts of the North York Moors. This quaint town, which retains the old-fashioned charm of a time past, is a perfect and easy family day out without the need to travel far and wide. That said, it is less than an hour’s drive from Whitby and Pickering along the A170 road and well worth the trip.
What to do in Helmsley?
What better way to start a day out with a crisp stroll, which you can make as long or as short as you like?
Starting on Sawmill Lane, follow the footpath signs that take you past the thriving business units and workshops and then to the open countryside. Wellies and walking boots may well be required for this one but the path takes you parallel with the River Rye and is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of other tourist attractions and just enjoying the fresh air, peace and quiet. You can follow it around in a loop or simply turn around and head back when you have had enough.
There is plenty back in Helmsley to keep you occupied for the rest of the afternoon with a mix of shops catering for both local residents and the tourist trade. Get lost in the second hand bookshop on the edge of the market square, get yourself kitted out in all the country attire at DV Townend on Bridge Street or pick up a gift for those back home (or even yourself) at Indigo on Castlegate. If you are a fan of homes and interiors from around the world and particularly French vintage then there is definitely something in there for you.
Finally Helmsley wouldn’t be Helmsley without its castle. So don’t forget to make a visit there before you go back home.
A hard day’s walking, shopping and exploring is sure to have worked you up an appetite and while Ingrid Flute’s holiday cottages have everything you need for your stay you might want to cap off a lovely stay in North Yorkshire with a special meal. For that you don’t even have to leave the market square as the Black Swan has one of the finest reputations around and certainly won’t disappoint. The restaurant is fantastic and afternoon tea here isn’t just your average cuppa. There are over 20 different teas from Whisky and Ginger to Apple, Mint and Chilli – all of which are created by the staff and all available to buy so you can enjoy at home.
This blog article has been written by Cliff Ward (The Original Cottage Company)