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Churches on the Pilgrim Trail

The Saint Aelred Pilgrim Trail links the Churches of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale

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Helmsley's parish church, dedicated to All Saints, dates back a thousand years and more. The present building , built on Norman foundations, was dedicated in 1838.


This tiny church on the North York Moors, 4½ miles north of Helmsley, was built to serve the dispersed farming community. 


St John's Church lies in the heart of panoramic Bilsdale designed by Temple Moore and was consecrated in 1896.

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The church dates back to the 12th Century and services are still held here monthly as part of Upper Ryedale Parish.

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All Saints is an ancient church lying just off the picturesque village green of Old Byland, part of the parish of Upper Ryedale.

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This church was built in 1146 by the Cistercian monks who later built Byland Abbey and is structurally unchanged. It lies in the attractive hamlet of Scawton in idyllic Upper Ryedale.

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St Michael's originally dates back to the 12th century and was described as an "ancient edifice" in 1820. It was replaced by the present attractive building in 1841.


Rievaulx's church, formed from the ruins of the Abbey's slipper chapel, serves those who live in this hamlet, next to the world-famous Rievaulx Abbey.

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This little church in a prominent position where the roads from Malton and Thirsk join a mile south of Helmsley, has 17th century origins.


Rievaulx Methodist Church was built in 1877 at the top of the small village, opposite the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.


Discover the history of Rievaulx Abbey, from its foundation in 1132 to its 20th-century preservation.


Helmsley Methodist Church is part of the Ryedale Methodist Circuit.

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