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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Best foot forward: walking app maps out the joys of Helmlsely

Businesses keen to get more visitors discovering beautiful Helmsley and the surrounding area on foot have teamed up with the district council to launch an app.

Five local walks have been developed, based on hints and tips from Helmsley in Business members, which can be downloaded from the iFootpath app. Once downloaded, there's no need for a mobile signal. The walking guides include maps, photos, written instructions, a suggested time requirement, details about access and a difficulty rating. The app is Apple and Android compatible.

Each walk starts and ends in the Ryedale town, this year's holder of the Great British High Street’s Best Market Town Award, and include the details of long stay parking for visitors. The walks are also available as free downloadable documents on the Visit Helmsley website and as print outs at the town’s visitor information point at the Cut Price Book Store.

The five Helmsley walks currently mapped out are:

  • Helmsley and Beck Dale (six and a half miles)
  • Helmsley and Riccal Dale (eight miles)
  • Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey (seven miles)
  • Helmsley and the River Rye (four miles)
  • Helmsley Discovery Trail (one mile)
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 perhaps 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."

To access the walks as PDFs or for more information about Helmsley go to

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