Ash Dale from Helmsley

  • Explore two pleasant dales
  • Good walking on excellent paths
  • Start in the market town of Helmsley

Looking at the map of Helmsley there is one obvious walk for those who have already visited Rievaulx Abbey. This heads north in to the surprisingly open valley floor of Collier Hag Wood, returning along the wide footpath in Ash Dale. The pretty little stream in Hag Wood is enchanting, partially because the woods have been cut back on the valley floor but also because of the numerous pheasants which have made their home here. Ash Dale meanwhile is quite a contrast, there is no stream and the track feels enclosed by the forestry despite being only a few trees thick. The wide paths though make this a very pleasant 1/2 day walk from the busy market town of Helmsley.

Recommend: Although I walked in autumn the bluebells are meant to form a wonderful carpet in the dells during early summer.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: ?? 612840. Head past the church and 50 yards further there is a footpath signpost in to some woods beside a bungalow. Take it!
Height to Climb: 161 ms (528 feet)
Terrain: Good, wide tracks through the woods with no route finding difficulties.
Eating & Drinking: Helmsley is a market town with plenty of choice of places to eat and drink
Similar Walks Nearby: Hills over Hawnby
Dales north of Kirkbymoorside
Explore the grounds of Rievaulx Abbey
Places to Stay:


 Laskill Grange Country House, nr Helmsley  Laskill Grange Cottages, nr Helmsley