Helmsley is just one of the beautiful market towns of North Yorkshire. I've been to The Black Swan for afternoon tea a fair few times and it's definately worth the trek up there.
I had never been to the Walled Garden before though. I was pleasantly surprised.
For starters it was only £6, and the ticket can be used over and over for the next twelve months so there's no missing out of seasonal changes or events.
For seconds, although it's quite a small garden all in all, it has so much crammed in there - the herbaceous border, the orchard, a meadow, a chicken 'field', the allotment. The planting is beautiful, we saw it during the June Slump (a time where the Spring flowers have turned and the summer buds are just beginning to show) so everything was just a mass of green. On our second visit though, summer had definately hit.
Helmsley sits on the Cleveland Way, so it's perfect for a little mooch around and a stop in the café before heading off on a walking adventure.
The garden is sat right next to the Castle - can you tell why there's a garden there then? - and next time I'd like to explore that part of Helmsleys heritage as well.
Helmsley is definately worth a visit, any time of the year!