YTI Summer Walk – Ruth Winlo writes

On Sunday 31st July, a group of 5 YTI members, Wenke Geddert, Catherine Greensmith, Alison O’Neill, Helen Robertson, and I, plus my teenage children Rebecca and David, met for elevenses at the Vinehouse Café, Helmsley Walled Garden, and then set off to walk the two and a half miles from Helmsley to Rievaulx. This is in fact the opening two and a half miles of the Cleveland Way, and is very well-maintained and signposted. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, with good conversation, and lovely sunny weather, this was a most enjoyable walk.
When we arrived at Rievaulx Abbey, those of us who hadn’t brought a packed lunch were able to buy something at the Abbey shop, and we all repaired to a delightful spot by the river to eat it. Alison’s dog took the opportunity to cool off in the water!
After a leisurely lunch we set off to walk back to Helmsley, a great view of the castle greeting us as we approached our destination. When we arrived, we stopped off at the Vinehouse Café for further refreshments and Wenke took the last of several photos before we all went our separate ways.
I’m sure all those who took part in the walk would like to thank Alison for suggesting such a good route and for organising it so efficiently. On a personal note, I would like to say how much my children and I enjoyed it and in particular, to thank everyone else who took part for making Rebecca and David so welcome.