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North York Moors Walk
Rievaulx Moor from Cowhouse Bank

Nat Park - North York Moors - North York Moors West

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km    Ascent - 500 feet / 152 metres

Time - 5 hours 20 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SE612887
Lat 54.29027 // Long -1.061319
Postcode YO62 5HH (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Rievaulx Moor from Cowhouse Bank
Photo from the walk - Rievaulx Moor from Cowhouse Bank
Photo from the walk - Rievaulx Moor from Cowhouse Bank
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This North York Moors walk around Rievaulx moor is easy to follow and gives periodic views into the lower valleys below the Rievaulx Bank. There is plenty of Forestry Commission parking at Cowhouse Bank (SE612887) which is reached from Helmsley.

Follow the track from the parking to the north west, keeping above and following all the way around Cowhouse Bank, Clark Bank, Helmsley Bank, Rievaulx Bank and Ayton Bank. It is easy walking with periodic views of the lower countryside to the north and the moor to the south.

Just before the information board at Newgate Bank follow the track to your left onto the moor. When the track is about to enter the woods turn left again and pick up the track that does an arc towards the Heater Rigg Plantation. As you enter the woodland you have to do a quick left-then-right to pick up the forest road leading south through Acre Grain Plantation.

The footpath off to the left at grid reference SE591881 is not well marked but it is an obvious path through the trees. Follow it down to and across the beck and then up to the junction of five paths to the west of High Baxton's Farm. Take the footpath across the fields to the road between High and Middle Baxton's Farms then go south on the road.

Take the first path on the left and at the meeting with the Tabular Hills Walk bear left on the Keld Lane track and follow it to the road above Carlton. Stay on the Tabular Hills Walk all the way to Riccal Dale Wood.

At the point where the THW heads off down the bank towards the river Riccal, bear left and follow the reasonably well-defined track heading back through the woods to the parking - always keeping to the track nearest to the western edge of the woods. This part can be boggy and may get churned up by horses but there are compensating chances to get views down into Riccal Dale.

At the end you come out back at the Cowhouse Bank parking.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1525 Beck Dale & Rievaulx from Helmsley - moderate - 9.8 miles/15.8 km

Walk 3398 Rollgate Bank & Aumery Park from Fadmoor - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 1542 The Rudland Ridge - moderate - 10.1 miles/16.4 km

Walk 1622 Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors - moderate - 8.3 miles/13.5 km

Walk 1524 Rievaulx Bridge & Wass from Cold Kirby - moderate - 12.5 miles/20.3 km

Walk 2029 Lastingham & Rosedale from Hutton-le-Hole - moderate - 12.0 miles/19.5 km

Walk 1704 Nunnington & Harome from Oswaldkirk - moderate - 11.5 miles/18.7 km

Walk 2702 Ampleforth, Shallow Dale, Yearsley Moor & Wilderness - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km

Walk 3581 Gormire Lake from Sutton Bank National Park Centre - easy/mod - 3.4 miles/5.5 km

Walk 1544 Round Hill & Stumps Cross from Chop Gate - moderate - 10.1 miles/16.4 km

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