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Helmsley | Picture-Perfect Gateway to the North York Moors

Helmsley | Picture-Perfect Gateway to the North York Moors

Helmsley’s pretty town centre in North Yorkshire is well known to walkers, motorcyclists and those within the hunting scene….. But thanks to their new free motorhoming aire, it’s far more than just an ideal lunch stop or passing through place enroute to the North York Moors... The town’s picturesque location, on the River Rye, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and moorland beyond….. Making it the perfect place to explore and discover on a crisp winter’s day in November (as much as a sunny July weekend)

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England’s largest county (Yorkshire) certainly boasts a diverse landscape which few areas of Britain can match. From historic cities like York to the rural charms of the Moors or Dales and the stunning coastline on the North Sea. Each offers memorable images, scenic views and walks. But few areas can better Helmsley’s easy access and beautiful scenery which makes it a magnet for those crossing across North Yorkshire’s ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty‘ in the Howardian Hills.
Yet clearly beautiful, sometimes the sheer scale of the openness of the North Yorkshire Moors can take your breath away too, and you don’t have to be a professional birdspotter to be impressed by the wonderful variety of local birds (from barn owls to merlins). However, it’s often a misunderstood place in winter. Although it can be harsh in exposed areas, there’s still much to enjoy out of peak seasons…. Dotted throughout the North York Moors are bustling market towns and picturesque villages with warm welcomes and intriguing local tales from smugglers but we’ve opted to park up our motorhome and discover just ‘How to spend 24hrs visiting Helmsley in Winter’.
Rather than  being tempted into one of the award winning (and scrumptious) Ryeburn ice creams… Best enjoyed by sitting on the pretty stream that runs beside Helmsley’s quaint market square…. we decided to head indoors and a chance to test out one of Helmsley’s best coffee shops (Porters of Helmsley)

Banishing the winter cold in Helmsley’s Porters Coffee Shop…..

If you’re like us and like to get your bearings before exploring a new place. Then you’ll love Porters! It’s the type of place that offers caffeine fix but without the ‘coffeee chain’ approach? From intense espresso and powerful americanos to ice cold lattes and steaming hot chcolates, it’s also full of home baked goodies that are just too good to miss out on! So suitably fed and warmed up… where better to start exploring Helmsley than by strolling through Duncombe Park to the  ‘National Birds of Prey Centre‘ 
Whilst others might be able to pack all of this into a day and still have time for lunch… we slightly overcooked our timings and missed lunch… but thankfully you can find easy places to refuel like the appealing yet quirky ‘Scotts Fish & Chip Cafe‘ (just a stones throw from the motorhome aire)

Looking for lunch? Take your picket we love Scotts fish ‘n’ chips

If you’ve seen our Lincoln article, you’ll know we can’t resist a chance to sample seafood….   so whether it’s Seafood Paella in Valencia or line caught fish from nearby Whitby…. our girls love tucking into calamari or good old fashioned ‘fish’n’chips’… not to mention washing this down with a local brew for the adults (Black Sheep Brewery tours are also available nearby too)!


So with rumbling tummies resolved and both girls chattering away about a great day inn Helmsley. It’s time to head back to our motorhome aire (6 spaces are available), and a chance to get some sleep before we head to nearby Dalby Forest and a chance to enjoy another Go Ape Adventure.

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so where did we park the bus for the night?

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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