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Bilsdale is the most westerly of the dales of the North York Moors and stretches from Clay Bank view point in the North to Newgate bank to the South. Bilsdale is a stunningly natural area of grassland, open farmland and conifer woods set amidst a patchwork of dry stone walls. Bilsdale valley was sculpted out of the landscape by melt water from the last Ice Age some 13,000 years ago.
Evidence of early man can be found on the moors which border Bilsdale. In addition to numerous tumuli a line of Bronze Age earthworks skirts the rim of Urra Moor and an impressive stone circle known as the Bride Stones stands on a prominent ridge. On the eastern side of Bilsdale lies the ancient hamlet of Urra, two miles south is the village of Chop Gate and further south the lies the hamlet of Fangdale Beck. From the village of Laskill a road leads to Hawnby cutting through beautiful rugged moorland onto Osmotherley. On the road south out of Bilsdale lies the beautifully ruined Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples owned and managed by English Heritage and the National Trust respectively. These are places of interest worth a visit before reaching the market town of Helmsley. There are many other places to eat to be found in Bilsdale, especially in the market town of Helmsley.
Bilsdale is a fantastic place to enjoy leisure activities. There are an extensive network of bridle paths and leafy green lanes and is home to a Riding Centre which offer half and full day treks. It is also a fantastic area for both walkers and cyclists as both the Cleveland Way and Coast to Coast trail lie within close proximatey.
For more information on Bilsdale, visit the Bilsdale Parish website.