Journeys 2019

Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors

Yorkshire, England


Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th October




£650 for single occupancy, discounted to £540 each for a shared room, when booked together with a friend or partner.


On this short break, we will enjoy the glories of autumn in the wooded landscape surrounding the medieval ruins of Rievaulx, one of the great Cistercian Abbeys. In our meditation times we will reflect on monastic ideals, with the aid of insights from one of the most famous 20th century Cistercians/Trappists Thomas Merton.

We will stay in the centre of Helmsley, one of the small market towns in the North York Moors national park. There are individual shops and a lively market (on Friday, before we leave).

Walks and Excursions

We visit the Walled Garden, nestling in the shadows of Helmsley Castle.
We will do two walks. One along the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Abbey, enjoying the spectacular autumn colours of the surrounding woodland and views of the Ryeldale valley. One at Sutton Bank on the cliff edge of the North York Moors with views south across the Vale of York, and watch the gliders launching into the open skies.

Walks are graded short-medium in length, with easy-moderate terrain.


We will be staying in a traditional coaching inn on the market square in Helmsley, there are bars with log fires, selling real ales and fine wines. All bedrooms are ensuite. We will have half board, with 3 course evening meals. Please note; there is a limited selection of vegetarian meals, but all meals are freshly cooked allowing some flexibility. We will take a packed lunch each day.

Getting there

We will meet at York station at lunchtime and travel to Helmsley by minibus, alternatively there is parking both at the hotel and in the market square in Helmsley.


Sue Degnan (01422 386998 / 07443452381
We will be accompanied by Sue's dog, Banjo, a friendly Labradoodle.