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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Rosedale Abbey Mill Pond and Leat

Did you know Rosedale Abbey had a Mill Race and a pond?

If the answer is no, you won’t be alone, as this historic feature of the village has been neglected, and allowed to become overgrown and silted up.

Happily, there are a group of folks in the village who are working together to remedy the situation and formulate a plan of action to change this eyesore into an asset.

We now have a Pond Committee, which has been successful in securing a grant from the National Park and grant of £200 from Rosedale Parish Council.

The committee plans to effect positive change for this feature, which sits in the village on one of the main walking routes in the Dale, not only in restoring the Mill Race and Pond, but ensuring the silt traps and Mill Race receive regular maintenance and jetting in the future.


The work so far completed on the Pond 2017 / 18 :-

The addition of an access points to silt traps in the field with the water source and the clearing of the ditch to allow the water to flow.The jetting and clearance of accumulated silt from underground sections of the Mill Race.

Summary of Initial Work

Jetting on 13 March 2018

How can you help?

Practical help

We needs Volunteers to help clear the pond of unwanted vegetation.

Fundraising for Planting & Maintenance

A coffee morning is planned for 7th April at the Coach House, any support you can offer is very welcome.

Any donations of monies or Cheques made out to Rosedale Pond Fund can be left in an envelope at Abbey Stores or Graze on the Green, Gillies Jones or handed to Paddy or Linda Chambers of Rosedale History Society or Maisie Storey.


The Next Steps?

The next stage is to clear the pond of unwanted vegetation, date and full details TBC. In due course, we will be asking for volunteers with welly boots & rakes who might spare an hour to help.

We will be monitoring the flow of water, and, if the cleared underground Mill Race functions as it has done in the past, maintaining flow, the plan with the support of the NYNP is to place a specialist concrete liner in the top half of the pond.

Thank you to everyone who has already generously supported this project. We look forward to ensuring the Pond & Mill Race is kept healthy with regular maintenance, looks good and once again becomes a heaven for wildlife from ducks & dragonflies to newts.

Warm regards

Kate, Paddy, Linda & Maisie


A six axle HGV on its way to Updale on 13 February, having come down Chimney Bank and discovering that there was no way through the narrow High Bridge at Bridgefoot. As usual, satnav was the excuse for the driver not reading the warning signs at the Spaunton Moor road junction and again at Bank Top. The result was he had to reverse all the way back up to the Lookout and then drive up Chimney Bank!

Accidents on Chimney Bank – 8 February 2018

… or the perils of not reading the danger signs and not using common sense when the Bank is covered with ice and snow. There were two accidents today, the first occurring overnight and then another this morning which resulted in the Yorkshire Air Ambulance being called out, along with the Fire and Rescue Service and the normal ambulance.

Fortunately, only walking wounded this morning.

Parked on the hill overnight – dented pride only

Remember, stay away from Chimney Bank in wintry conditions, no matter how well you think you know the hill, if you want to avoid being the fifth incident so far this winter. No-one seriously hurt this time, but please support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – you never know, you might need it sometime!

Land of Iron Public Consultation – 12 December 2017

A public consultation on the proposed conservation measures on Rosedale’s ironstone roasting kilns was held last night, 12 December, in the Coach House Inn. The session was very well attended by 28 local people and there was lively discussion on several topics after stimulating presentations by representatives from the project office and the archaeological and engineering agencies involved with the proposed works.

Tom Mutton, the TELI project manager outlines progress on the project.

Details of how to volunteer to help out in the programme of works on the line in 2018 can be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/landofiron 

Chimney Bank Closed – 8 December 2017

Chimney Bank has been closed until further notice because of a serious crash on the hill on Friday morning 8 December. The BATA feed lorry skidded on frozen snow and crashed just above the first hairpin on the hill, shedding its load of cattle feed.

The BATA lorry on the Bank

Fortunately the driver only suffered a broken ankle and was taken off to Scarborough Hospital.


In view of the conditions on the Bank and the forecasted very bad weather, the recovery crews told the police and Highways on site that it would be unsafe to attempt a recovery until the weather improves. So the Bank is closed until further notice – watch this space and our social media for further reports.

Land of Iron Update – Breakthrough!

A group of local volunteers, armed with buckets and spades on Saturday 28 October, dug down through the mud and discovered the original upstream entrance to the Reeking Gill culvert, with Shaun Doughty having used a digger to clear the site (see previous update on 4 October). Work will now continue to shift the rest of the debris from the entrance and expose more of the large stone archway. Muscle power and determination won the day and well done to all.

The entrance exposed at last!

Work has also been done to clear some of the smaller culverts along the old railway line so that water no longer builds up and threatens the integrity of the track bed.

A cleared culvert near Nab Scar

A fuller progress report will be given around the New Year, so that all can see how this marvellous project is progressing. Meanwhile please look at the NYMNPA call for volunteers poster and join in.


Rosedale Abbey Churchyard Conservation Area Cutting – 20 October 2017

The annual cutting of the conservation area of the Rosedale Abbey graveyard will be on Friday 20 October 2017 starting at 10.00am. If you can make it please come along with a strimmer/scythe and a rake and join the NYMNPA volunteers in carrying out this important conservation task.

The NYMNP volunteers and locals at work from 2016

As an added incentive Anthea will be providing refreshments, but it would help if you could bring along a cake or a packet of biscuits to help out!


Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Friday 20th October and let’s make short work of the job.