New walking app puts Helmsley on the map

5 walks in the market town of Helmsley have been developed to download via a new walking app 

A view along a stream in Helmsley. (Photo by: Loop Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Five special walks in Helmsley have been developed in collaboration with Helmsley in Business and Ryedale District Council that are available to download via app.


The iFootpath App allows walks to be downloaded and requires no mobile phone signal, ideal for very rural locations on parts of the routes. The walking guides also include maps, photos, written instructions and details about access and difficulty rating.

Carolyn Frank, chairman of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “We’re delighted that the council took up our suggestion of creating these wonderful walks, and that they are now going to be available to visitors in a variety of easy to access ways. It means that both enthusiastic or hobby walkers can come and explore a new route they’ve never tried before. We have had great feedback from Ryedale residents already, who didn’t know about these ‘hidden’ paths, and we hope that it means more people can enjoy the beautiful walks we all love in Helmsley. There are of course many more that have not yet been mapped, but these are a great start to get to know the town and its surrounding area.”

All the walks start in Helmsley and include the details of long stay parking for visitors. The five walks currently mapped out surrounding Helmsley are: Beck Dale, Riccal Dale, Rievaulx Abbey, River Rye and Helmsley’s discovery trail.


The walks are also downloadable on the Visit Helmsley website and as print outs at the town’s Information Point. The app is both Apple and Android compatible.