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Things to do in Helperthorpe, North Yorkshire

Helperthorpe is a village that the modern world has passed by, in the nicest possible sense, street lights and Channel five have still to reach this beautiful and tranquil village nestling in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Church of St Peter Helperthorpe
Church of St Peter Helperthorpe © Steve Brown [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are looking for a 'traditional' Yorkshire village to enjoy a much deserved break in, then Helperthorpe will more than meet your expectations.

Helperthorpe Village
Helperthorpe Village © Chris Field [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The location of the village makes it an ideal base from which to enjoy the North Yorkshire moors (often seen in 'Heartbeat'), the North Yorkshire Steam Railway (which does actually stop at Aidensfield aka Goathland) and the stunning coastline (Sandend and Whitby are musts).

St Peters Church Interior
St Peters Church Interior © Nigelcoates at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The village itself does not have any nightlife to speak of, unless you count the swings under the rather impressive Horse Chestnut tree in the middle of the village, or for the ornithologists amongst us, the family of barn owls that inhabit the oak tree at the west end of the village (having stayed twice a year for the past four years at a cottage in Helperthorpe, I can assure you that I am not exaggerating).

Goathland Railway Station
Goathland Railway Station © Carol Walker [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

However, should you care to walk a mile down the road to Weaverthorpe (the next village), you will find a wonderful pub called the Bluebell Inn, where you can enjoy home cooked food and if you partake of the local ales, it is only a short stagger back!

North York Moors Railway.
North York Moors Railway. © John5199 (Yorkshire June 2013 Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Helperthorpe is the sort of village that would appeal to most tourists looking to escape the rat race, it offers a genuine taste of rural Yorkshire life.

The Blue Bell Inn
The Blue Bell Inn © Charles Rispin [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you want clean air, wonderful food (try the farm shop at Butterwick 3 miles away), friendly locals, to die for scenery (hole of Horcum and the Dalby Forest to mention but a few), a myriad of things to do (Eden Camp, Flamingo Land, Pickering, Helmsley Castle, Scarborough), then come to Helperthorpe.

Description by Diane Strachan

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