Path by the river Rye near Helmsley
Path by the river Rye near Helmsley

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Route No. 305 - Thursday 6 August 2009
Helmsley, River Rye circuit - 5km
North York Moors . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base.
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Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000


Helmsley market place
Helmsley market place

Ebor Way route marker
Ebor Way route marker

The River Rye
The River Rye

This street is on the route of the Ebor Way (a long distance route of 112km from Helmsley to Ilkley via York). After about 150m, at map ref. SE615836, we turned right on to a tarmac access road, still following the Ebor Way route. The Ebor Way route led us through an industrial estate for almost 500m to a sawmill at map ref. SE618832. At the side of the sawmill we came through a gate into the fields by the River Rye.

This week, my neighbour, Jim, and I have both had grandad duties that have stopped us walking. This afternoon we both managed to get a special dispensation for a short local walk. We drove to Helmsley and parked near the town centre. From the marked square we walked along the main road (A170) towards the bridge over the River Rye. Just before the bridge we turned left along a street called Ryegate.

Sawmill where the Ebor Way leaves Helmsley
Sawmill where where the Ebor Way leaves Helmsley

The Ebor Way by the River Rye
The Ebor Way by the River Rye

Riverside path approaching the sewage works
Riverside path approaching the sewage works

The River Rye
The River Rye

Unusual pink faced sheep
Unusual pink faced sheep

Riverside path
Riverside path

Looking across the River Rye
Looking across the River Rye

About 2km. from the sawmill we came to a large trout farm and just beyond the trout farm there was a footbridge over the River Rye.

About 350m beyond the sawmill we did pass the local sewage works, but that and the industrial estate were soon behind us. We continued along the riverbank following the Ebor Way route.

Path down the edge of the sewage works
Path down the edge of the sewage works

Riverside path through the undergrowth
Riverside path through the undergrowth

Cow getting her young calf to stand
Cow getting her young calf to stand

Trout farm by the River Rye
Trout farm by the River Rye with the tanks netted against the herons

The Ebor Way path near the trout farm
The Ebor Way path near the trout farm

As soon as we has crossed the bridge we turned right off the Ebor Way at map ref. SE631820, to follow a footpath along the river side heading back to Helmsley.

We crossed the river on the footbridge and here the Ebor Way heads across the fields to the village of Sproxton.

Footbridge over the River Rye
Footbridge over the River Rye

River Rye from the footbridge
River Rye from the footbridge
Poppies amongst the wheat by the path
Poppies amongst the wheat by the path
This years fruits on an Alder tree by the river
This years fruits on an Alder tree by the river
Heading back to Helmsley by the River Rye
Heading back to Helmsley by the River Rye
cattle by the path
Cattle by the path
Pasture land by the river
Pasture land by the river
Woodland path by the river Rye near Helmsley
Woodland path by the river Rye near Helmsley

Woodland path by the river Rye near Helmsley
Woodland path by the river Rye near Helmsley

At the main road we retraced our steps back into Helmsley. The whole walk had been a little over 5km and it had taken us about two hours to walk on this warm afternoon.

We followed this path for almost 2.5km to the A170 bridge over the River Rye on the edge of Helmsley at map ref. SE614835.

Bridge over the River Rye on the A170 at Helmsley
Bridge over the River Rye on the A170 at Helmsley

River Rye on the edge of Helmsley
River Rye on the edge of Helmsley