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Rosedale Community News

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Archive for the ‘Travel Access’ Category

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 Project Update – 4 October 2017

Work on the Land Of Iron project continues apace in Rosedale. The repair done to the track at Stone Kilns is greening up nicely and will be barely visible from a distance by this time next year:

Trackway repair as at 4 October 2017

New, bigger interpretation boards have been placed at the three kiln sites:

Stone Kilns Board

Work is currently ongoing to clear the upsteam entrance to the major culvert under Reeking Gill to prevent the dangerous build up of water behind the embankment:

Shaun Dougherty at work

First Frost On Chimney Bank

… and the first major incident of the winter when the Arla milk tanker skidded on ice and failed to make the first hairpin bend at the bottom of Chimney Bank. Fortunately the tanker was empty otherwise it could have ended up in one of the pony paddocks on Daleside Road.

Recovery under way. Lesson: don't ignore the signs!

Recovery under way. Lesson: don’t ignore the signs!

It is said the the driver handed in his notice immediately afterwards!


Afternote: the tanker driver is called Mac Wheeldon and recently e-mailed to say “I will be taking my wife out to see the spot I almost lost my life! Also to see the stunning area you live.” Look forward to seeing you here, Mac.


The French family who ignored the warning signs at the top of Chimney Bank in the recent bad, icy weather clearly did not understand also that our way mark signs are for pedestrians only!

Walkers Only

Walkers Only

Fortunately, the parents and three children were uninjured and were welcomed and warmed up at the Abbey Stores and Tea Rooms in the village.


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!