Serving the people of Helmsley and Carlton

Winter Services

Snow on buildings 2010

Lots of newly fallen snow in Helmlsey, a picturesque scene but maybe not want you want to see if you need to be somewhere. Here's some information about what services you can expect from local authorities in Helmsley and the wider area.

Helmsley - pavements in the centre of town or on main routes, e.g. to the school or surgery. North Yorkshire County Council categorises these as Priority 1 routes, see map below, and contracts with Ryedale District Council that RDC will have these pavements gritted and cleared before 9:30am if possible. In seriously bad weather this can be difficult, despite very early starts. Ryedale District Council also grits the Market Place and the Cleveland Way Car Park. Ryedale District Council can be contacted by phone 01653 600666, email and/or

Map of Priority 1 paths for snow clearance & winter gritting

Grit bins provided by the Town Council for residents and volunteers who are willing to grit footpaths

Other pavements in town, excluding for example Yorkshire Housing's or privately managed estates, are classed as Priority 2 routes. Helmsley Town Council used to contract with Ryedale District Council to have the NYCC pavements cleared and gritted. Unfortunately due to staff cutbacks RDC finds it difficult to undertake this service.


Check on North Yorkshire County Council's Winter Service page for information about which roads are gritted and current road conditions.

NYCC Winter Services photo

Last updated: Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:33