Rievaulx Abbey

  • Walk the remains of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Visit the pretty hamlet of Rievaulx and church
  • Extend the walk through the woods

Rievaulx must be one of the most sort after locations in the country to live. The pretty village, is set in the wooded Raydale Valley and comprises a few beautiful stone cottages, some larger houses and dominated by the exceptional ruins of the abbey.

Riveaulx Abbey has some of the most spectacular remains of any Cistercian abbey (only the remains of Fountains Abbey are better preserved) and it would be remiss not to have a wonder and try and imagine what it would have been like to live and work here before Henry viii took matters in to his own hands. The walk itself passes through the village of Rievaulx, the woods on the far side of the River Rye, all of which adds to the experience and provides some alternative views of the abbey. Of course if you are walking the excellent Cleveland Way this is one of the highlights. 

Recommend: There is nowhere to park aside from the Rievaulx Abbey car park but the fee is deducted if you visit the Abbey itself. It is £5.80 per adult and £3,20 per child (2016) – free for members of English Heritage.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors - western area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 575849. From Riveaux Abbey walk in to Riveaux village and after the sharp right hand turn head off on the path o Bow Bridge
Height to Climb: 102ms (335 feet)
Terrain: Easy underfoot on a mix of paths and tarmac
Eating & Drinking: The cafe in the visitors centre is really the only place nearby - alternatively Helmsley is only 3 miles away.
Similar Walks Nearby: Mount Grace Priory
Ash Dale from Helmsley
Hills over Hawnby
Places to Stay:


 Laskill Grange Country House, nr Helmsley  Ford End B & B, Ampleforth