A lovely place to visit
"A condensed history of Helmsley"
The castle tower overlooking the town dates back to the twelth century, when Robert de Ros was given the manor of Helmsley as a reward for his part in the Norman invasion, it didnt see any military action until the civil war when the troops of colonel Crossland a loyal supporter of Charles the first were put under siege by the parliamentarian army of Sir Thomas Fairfax-the siege lasted 3 months, Crossland surrendered on the 22nd november 1644.
The parliamentarian army then set about destroying the castle, but failed in their attempt to blow up the castle keep, and it is the eastern wall that you can see today still standing at its original height of 97 feet.
The de ros family owned the castle until it was sold to Sir Charles Duncombe, it now belongs to english heritage, but the rest of the Duncombe estate reamined in the care of the Duncombe family and their descendants the Fevershams .
Helmsley later in life became a very inportant stop for the stage coaches and several Inns still remain around the broad town square.
Many of those Inns still cater for the traveller , but they are now the modern day tourists travelling through by motor vehicle to explore the many places of interest in the area.
The modern day Helmsley is a very attractive market town, it is only a very small town but there is lots to see and do in the town itself and the surrounding area.
A gentle stroll around the town is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, there are plenty of boutique shops around the main square, and on friday the square becomes an open air market.
The castle can be visited it is just a step from the market square and the entrance hall also plays host to the tourist information centre where you can pick up lots of info of what to see and do, if you decide to stay a bit longer the tourist info also runs a bed booking service.
On the outskirts of Helmsley is Dunscombe park with beautiful gardens and house to visit.
Nearby are the beautiful remains of Riveaux Abbey, the white horse of kilburn, sutton bank, and you are also near enough to take a day trip to york or the coast at whitby or scarborough.
"A mecca for walkers"
Helmsley is also a mecca for walkers as not only are there many walks straight from the town or within a short driving distance, but Helmsley is also the starting point for the Cleveland Way Walk , which is a national trail of 110 miles, starting at Helmsley market square travelling up across the north yorkshire moors before descending down the east coast and finishing if Filey.
This June I will be walking the cleveland way with my little dog charlie to raise funds for Battersea dogs home so if you would like to sponsor me please go online to www.justgiving.com/challengeforcharlie.
Whilst en-route I will be taking lots of notes and photos so pop back in July to see how we got on!