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Archive for the ‘Mountain Biking / Cycling’ Category

David Ross Foundation Visit – 5 June 2018

David Ross and trustees of his foundation visited Rosedale on Tuesday 5 June 2018 to observe progress on the Land of Iron project, to which the Foundation has contributed £300,000. They were briefed in the Reading Room by Tom Mutton, the project manager, before heading out to East Mines on bicycles to see the work that has been done already and to meet volunteers on task on the line.

David Ross and Foundation trustees with members of the project team.

The intrepid band of cyclists head off to East Mines.

Just a reminder that the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy, will be giving a talk on the art works he has been creating in Northdale, in the Updale Reading Room on Wednesday 13 June starting at 7.00pm

Mighty Mike and The Chainbreaker

Mike Metcalfe, from Newby Wiske near Northallerton, is attempting to cycle up Chimney Bank, known as The Chainbreaker in cycling circles, 51 times over Saturday and Sunday 23 – 24 July! The distance he hopes to complete is the equivalent of cycling 8,849 metres up Mount Everest and this lung busting effort is in aid of The Alzheimers Society and the Rosedale Care Home in Catterick.

Mike is taking between 17 to 20 minutes to cycle up the bank ...

Mike is taking between 17 to 20 minutes to cycle up the bank …

... but only 3 minutes to go down it!

… but only 3 minutes to go down it!

Crossing the summit for the 51st time - a magnificent effort

Crossing the summit for the 51st time – a magnificent effort!

Mike finished his heroic attempt shortly before noon on Sunday. Several thousands of pounds have been raised already from spectators and drivers on the Bank over the weekend and much more is expected when pledges are finally counted in a few days time.

Mike and his team wish to thanks all in the dale who helped and supported this wonderful effort.

Tour Makers de Rosedale

Although we had no riders in the Tour de France, Rosedale was represented by Maggie Barraclough, Mike Hutton and Shirley Tyrell who  added to the sparkle and success of the Le Grand Depart by acting as Tour Makers over both Yorkshire stages.

Maggie, Mike and Shirley at Littleborough on Stage 2

Maggie, Mike and Shirley at Littleborough, Cragg Vale on Stage 2

Did anyone spot them? Hard to miss in all that lovely bright kit!

Accident On Heygate

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On Saturday afternoon, 1 June, a female cyclist came off at speed going down the very steep hill of Heygate Bank. The police, a road ambulance crew and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were called in.

The police and ambulance crew at the scene

The police and ambulance crew at the scene

The casualty was moved by the ambulance to the helicopter waiting in the field below Foster’s farm.

About to load the casualty

About to load the casualty

The police are investigating the cause of the accident, but the disgraceful state of the roads in Rosedale may have been a contributing factor, according to a source at the scene of the incident.

Take off for the MTC at the James Cook Hospital

Take off for the Major Trauma Centre at the James Cook Hospital









Donations to help the vital work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance can be made at http://www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/donate/ 



La Vuelta – An International Mention for Our ‘Chain Breaker’ – Chimney Bank

Stage 12 of the highly prestigious Tour of Spain (known as La Vuelta a Espana – or usually just as the Vuelta – and second only to the Tour de France although in fact a tougher race than the TdF) finished with a short but very steep climb. (The final kilometre took the world’s best climbers racing flat out almost 5 minutes.)

Highlights are shown on ITV4 each evening and to illustrate the severity of the short final climb the commentators suggested there is an equivalent climb in Britain – our own Chimney Bank.

This programme is watched by huge numbers of cycling fans so perhaps we can expect to see more cyclists visiting to attempt our challenging climb. The Chain Breaker !

Anyone who wants to watch the exciting stage 12 can still catch it on ITV player: http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=324154
Also if you wan to ‘Back Le Bid’ and support Visit Yorkshire’s work in bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire, cast your vote here


Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome To Yorkshire (WTY), and members of his team were in Rosedale on Wednesday evening for a WTY event to celebrate the award of ‘Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2012’ to the White Horse Farm Inn. As well as those involved in local tourism in the dale, many others from around the county, including past winners of the award, were invited by Welcome To Yorkshire to join the festivities in the pub.

Christine with Gary Verity


Craig Nattress, Gary Verity, our postie Andrew and his wife Melanie, Janet Deacon of WTY

Gary Verity thanking the White Horse Farm Inn team

Gary Verity ended his speech by saying that there was a very good chance that the Tour de France would be coming to Yorkshire in the near future, with huge benefits for tourist businesses in the county. How about the Tour going up Chimney Bank, now that would be worth watching!

Make tracks for Panorama of Moorland

An article on this weekend Yorkshire Post, celebrates the cycling in Rosedale. Follow the link to read the full article.

A Bank Holiday bike trip: Paul Kirkwood rides the challenging but lovely North Yorkshire extension to the Moor to Sea cycle route.

It’s hard to know who deserves more credit: the engineers builders who built the original railway line or the national park wardens who have maintained it as a path.

Either way, the route of the old Rosedale Railway that once carried iron ore is brilliant.