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Archive for the ‘Walks’ Category

Rosedale History Weekend – 22 to 23 April 2017

The Rosedale History Weekend held at the Updale Reading Room was very well attended, helped by the excellent weather with visitors, many from out of the dale, enjoying a wide display of industrial, social and natural history material on show. The renowned Kildale industrial  historian, Malcolm Bisby gave a fascinating talk on Saturday on the development of the Rosedale branch on the North Eastern Railway and over thirty people (and three dogs) took part in the walks ups to East Mines over the two days

Rosedale Railway Talk with Malcolm Bisby

Ruby May dissecting owl pellets with Elspeth Ingleby from the National Parks

History Walkers 22 Apr 17

History Walkers 23 Apr 17

Heading Home

Many thanks to Tom Mutton and Eslpeth Ingleby of the TELI team, to the Ryedale Folk Museum for the loan of mining artifacts, to Janet, Margaret and Carol for the splendid array of refreshments, to the members of the Rosedale History Society who helped host the event and make it such a success and to Jimmy Barraclough for the use of his field for parking.

Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast – *Now on Friday 21 April 2017*

Updating Tony on the history of mining at Bank Top

Oops, a false start! Although the episode of Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast programme which aired on Channel 5 at 8.00pm on Good Friday was supposed to cover the North York Moors, not much was shown until near the end. However, next week’s programme on Friday 21 April at 8.00pm on Channel 5 will show much more of the NYMs and will include a segment on Rosedale or so we understand. Set your recorders on if you can’t watch at the time, or catch-up later. Should be interesting and a good run-in for the Land of Iron History Days at the Updale Reading Room on 22 and 23 April from 11 to 4.30 pm each day.

Rosedale History Walk – 26 June 2016

As part of the Rosedale Walking Festival 2016, the Rosedale History Society conducted a walk from Rosedale Abbey to Medd’s Farm, Sheriff’s Pit, Bank Top and back, covering the social and industrial history of the dale from the start of the ironstone ‘Klondike’ in the Victorian era to the present day.

Happy history walkers at Sh

Happy history walkers at Sheriff’s Pit

Thanks to Sue and Kevin Atkinson for allowing us to view the pit pony stables at Poplar Farm.

Rosedale’s Walking Festival

Our annual Walking Festival is 25 & 26 June. Six walks are online, and there will be more to come including a new Nordic Walking experience.

Advance booking of the walks is advisable as many of the walks are very popular, did we mention the Cake Walk…. and the Pilgrims way….

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The walking group on the Sheriff's Pit platform above Medd's Farm

The walking group on the Sheriff’s Pit platform above Medd’s Farm

Heritage Open Days – Rosedale And Grosmont, 11 – 12 September

An invitation from the This Exploited Land Project Officer:
Come and see us on one of the upcoming Heritage Open Days, part of a European and National programme which this year has ‘industrial heritage’ as a key theme. We’ll be up at the kilns in Rosedale East on Friday 11th September from 10.00 – 4.00.

East Mines, Rosedale

East Mines, Rosedale

The following day, you’ll find us at the Grosmont Ironworks site (the National Park car park!), again between about 10 and 4. On both days there will be short guided walks plus a wealth of information about each place. We will be supported by Rosedale History Society and Grosmont Heritage Group, so you are all very welcome.

Rosedale Industrial Walk 11 July 2015

The walking group on the Sheriff's Pit platform above Medd's Farm

The walking group on the Sheriff’s Pit platform above Medd’s Farm

The Rosedale History Society led a walk around the the Bank Top kilns, Sheriff’s Pit and Hollins Mines on Saturday 11 July at the request of the Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society.


In fine but very humid weather, 19 members of the group enjoyed a stimulating, informative and sometimes physically challenging 9 km tour of the industrial heritage on the western side of Rosedale.

East Mines next!



A Moorland adventure & guided walk

By Mary from August Guest House, Rosedale East.

Yesterday, I accompanied by two of our guests, Joanne and Rob, enjoyed a walk with an abundance of interest, on the North York Moors.

We encountered happy sheep, glorious grouse, an ancient pannier track, murky mud, lying snow, a welcome tea garden, handsome cockerels and hens, and relics of Rosedale’s industrial past.

As my time was limited, we drove to the millennium stone & parked near the turn off for ‘Fryup’. Our circular adventure took us down “Ceavey Hill”.

We passed by Trough House & down a rough track known as Cut Road, (part of the coast to coast route). Eventually we turned right onto a bridle path up the moor (part of the Inn Way walk). Here we found the paving of a once busy Pannier track, a stone, slabbed pavement that snakes across the moor. Some of the ancient slabs have sunk into the boggy peaty moor. Others have been removed but the majority are very much the same as they would have been hundreds of years ago. This long track is called “George Gap Causeway”. (I wonder how it got this grand name?) As we walked along, my mind was picturing a long line of mules with wicker panniers over their backs, carrying goods from the coast. It was the motorway of the moors. Monks also commuted on this amazing paved way between Whitby & Rosedale. We were definitely ‘walking in the steps of our forefathers’. Soon we were passing “Loose Howe” on our right & met up with the road close to Rob’s car.

Joanne & Rob went off to enjoy the rest of the day. I crossed the road & took the track downhill towards Rosedale and the old disused railway track bed. The sun was shining and the views were stunning. A Tea garden sign almost tempted me to visit “Dale Head Farm” tea garden but I so much wanted to walk home on the ‘line’ as we often call this track. The huge constructions built in the iron ore mining era still fascinate me. Sheep were grazing and manicuring the ground. It was like walking on a velvet carpet. I was thinking that if Heaven is a little like Rosedale then it would be perfection for me.

A noisy gathering of ducks, cockerels and hens greeted me at Depot House as I dropped down to pass by the two long rows of houses at Hill Cottages.

Sadly after 2½ hours my walk was almost ending, as I returned home to August Guest House feeling elated.

I have lived in Updale Rosedale for over 33 years and today’s walk has refreshed my love with Rosedale.

Joanne and Rob certainly enjoyed their experience walking on the North York Moors, and commented, “What a wonderful enchanting walk on a beautiful fresh February  morning full of history and finished the walk more knowledgeable about the area. Thank you Mary”.

If local people, visitors or anyone who fancies an interesting guided trek, especially this one, with all the panoramic views, geology, wildlife etc, then I will be delighted to be your guide.

If interested please contact me at August Guest House.

Email   mary@augustguesthouse.co.uk

Or visit our web site www.augustguesthouse.co.uk