Duncombe Park, Helmsley

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The walk starts from Helmsley, an old market town in the North York Moors with an array of interesting independent shops, historic buildings and quaint cottages. It is certainly worth spending some time here either before or after the walk. The route then goes up the main driveway to Duncombe Park, with open parkland and extensive views of both Helmsley and the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors. After passing through the visitor centre and purchasing the necessary Parkland Ticket (£3 at time of writing), the route passes through some more parkland before entering woodland which skirts the outside of the estate.

The impressive view of Duncombe Park House can be seen from the woodland. The route eventually leads to the scenic and tranquil River Rye, where a number of different species of birds can be seen, e.g. kingfishers and woodpeckers. The route gradually leaves the riverside and there is a series of steps which takes the walker back to the main drive, where it is a short walk back to the start.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
11/1/2020 - Anthony Miller

Pleasant walk and easy to follow. Currently (October 2020) just £1 to access the parkland.

10/30/2020 - Anthony Miller

An excellent walk and easy to follow, but rather muddy in places after rain. The entrance fee for the parkland is now £1 (30 October 2020).

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