Walking and rambling in Helmsley
Helmsley is the start of the Cleveland Way, with beautiful heather moorland views of the North Yorkshire Moors. There are plenty of walks in and around Helmsley for people of all abilities.
You can walk to Rievaulx Abbey – built in the 12th century and one of the most atmospheric ruined abbeys in the north of the country. The town is also the start of the Ebor Way, the 70 mile footpath to Ilkley, passing through the historic city of York.
Other things to do nearby
One of York’s premier attractions, the National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the UK, with upwards of 100 locomotives lining the tightly packed site close to the city centre.
One of the county's top theme parks, with rides for all of the family, including Mumbo Jumbo, which has the steepest drop in the world. Visit the website
Walk around the picturesque Hole of Horcum in the North York Moors. Lockton is the start of the 5.6 mile Bride Stones walk, taking in some of the Moors famous geological features.
Mountain Biking in Dalby Forest is a must for biking enthusiasts, with over 40 miles of man made trails at your wheels.
The National Park has over 1400 miles of cycle ways for you to discover. Get out and about on your bike and enjoy the landscape.
Sightseeing has never been so much fun! Hop on and off as much as you like, and see all the sights that the city has to offer. One route, but with 20 stops. Visit the Bus Tour website
Set within 1000 acres of breathtaking landscape, the estate houses the Arboretum Trust - a collection of botanically important trees. Visit the website
Explore the ‘upstairs, downstairs’ life of the Judges, their servants & felonious guests at this stunning house.
This medieval castle’s impressive ruins stand on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Rye and still dominate the town.
The largest fleet of modern sightseeing boats outside London. Sit back, relax and enjoy York by day or night down the River Ouse. Visit the website
Step back in time with magnificent steam engines and beautiful rural stations. The railway is lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic.
An unforgettable experience and chance to see the veterinary practice that was at the heart of the much loved stories. Visit the website
Located on the NCN Route 65 with access along the riverside into the city centre or North out of York to Beningbrough Hall, The Howardian Hills & the North York Moors – perfect road cycling countr
Get on your bike and head to Dalby Forest, a must for mountain biking enthusiasts with over 40 miles of man made trails for you to explore.
Explore York by bike on one of the City Cycling route maps from hostel. A great way to explore, you can stop any time for a spot of sightseeing or maybe a treat in the famous Betty's Tea Rooms.
3.4 miles This unusual monastery is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. Don't miss the reconstructed monk’s cell and herb plot. Visit the website