Exploring Helmsley and Durham.


Helmsley is a little market town here in North Yorkshire even more pretty in the summer, with its beautiful blooms. It still looks as gorgeous as ever on a snowy February morning. I drive through Helmsley quite often so this morning I decided to park up, have a walk around and explore a little for a change.

There’s a whole range of cafe’s offering home-baked goods and cream teas it took all of my willpower not to sit and have a scone, with clotted cream and jam. As well as cafe’s galore there’s a bookshop, a traditional old-fashioned sweet shop, many pubs to choose from, butchers and even an outdoor swimming pool. In the world of Instagram, with travel bloggers sharing incredible pictures from all around the world it can be easy to forget how beautiful the places are right on your front door-step.


Every now and again I like just getting in my car, armed with my camera, seeing where I end up and taking some photographs. I recently visited a hotel in Durham for the afternoon (Whitworth hall) where you can go and feed the resident deer. I had one of the best days in a long time. I ended up very muddy but it was so worth it, I wasn’t stood behind a fence, I was in the field with these gorgeous creatures, and I bought a bag of feed for just £1.00 from reception. You can see me living my best life feeding these cuties in my profile over on my instagram stories


It was amazing having them eat from the palm of my hand; I had the whole field all to myself! In the video on my profile you can just see the little baby deer in the background they were adorable. As I mentioned earlier, it was super muddy (RIP my black Vans) so definitely, take a pair of wellies with you, if you’re thinking of going anytime soon.


If you’re ever in the area, it’s worthwhile giving these places a visit. I wanted to sneak one of these cuties home with me, but I can’t imagine Oscar being too happy about it.



  1. February 5, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    This is something that I would enjoy so much!

  2. February 5, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I got really excited when I saw this post pop up in my inbox – Helmsley holds a special place in my heart. My Grandparents lived there for most of my life until my Grandpa passed away – I spent many a happy holiday up there visiting them and exploring the area. I haven’t been back up there since my Grandpa died so it’s lovely to see a few photos and remember it fondly. It’s on my list of somewhere I’m desperate to go back to and relive my childhood memories. On another note, those deer are just too cute!

    Jenny xx


  3. February 5, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    This looks like such a cozy place! Love it.

    briana | youngsophisticate.com

  4. February 6, 2018 / 2:54 am

    Helmsley looks like such a gorgeous place! I’d love to visit all those cafes, they look so nice and cosy 🙂

  5. February 6, 2018 / 4:20 am

    I’ve lived in England for years yet never ventured that far north. It looks absolutely adorably beautiful though. I can’t believe it wasn’t raining though!


    • February 14, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Whenever all my friends that I have met whilst traveling come to visit England’s I always tell them to get up to the North but they always stay in London, Brighton or Bath. Sometimes – little odd times – it doesn’t rain! And thank you for saying that my little part of the world is adorably beautiful – that made me smile

  6. February 6, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful village and you’ve captured it brilliantly with these stunning photos!

  7. February 7, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    Oh my gosh those deers are just darling, so adorable! I love little villages like this they’re just so much fun to explore xoxo


  8. February 7, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Ok so I’m definitely going to feed those deer for valentines day now, how cute. these photos are so gorgeous, you’ve made helmsley look even prettier!
    Jen, velvet spring x

  9. February 7, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Your pictures are amazing!! It looks so pretty in the snow too! xx

  10. Yasmin
    February 8, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Feeding pretty deer sounds like the perfect afternoon!

    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

  11. February 11, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Lovely photos – i’ve been to Helmsley a few times when i’ve been passing through on holiday and it such a nice village!

    Caz | thisiscaz.com

  12. February 19, 2018 / 10:09 am

    What gorgeous pics!! Looks like you had a lovely time! Never ventured to that part of the UK just yet! Looks perfect though!

  13. March 4, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Wow. I actually own a house in Durham (out on rent) and I’ve been to the area, but missed this gem… I’ll have to have a drive-through next time I’m local!

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