The annual show (every August) is run by the Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial Society. This year will include Cattle, Goats, Heavy Horses, Ponies, jumping, local produce, Rabbits, Vintage Tractors & Scarecrows and much more. More details to follow soon on the Rosedale Show’s website.
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On Saturday 23 June 2018 Rosedale’s Updale Natural History Recorder took 11 keen walkers along a journey through the dale visiting various habitats. Walking alongside hedgerows full of dog rose and walls lined with foxgloves and ferns was a real pleasure. The route included the river to Low Thorgill Farm, Thorgill and the hillside above Thorgill and the track north of Thorgill.
The banks of the River Seven hosted numerous birds nests including wren, robin, coal tit and dipper. Trees and shrubs alongside added nests of great spotted woodpecker, blackcap, nuthatch, redstart and green woodpecker. Further afield were willow warbler and chaffinch. All but one nest had already hosted a brood this year and were no longer in use or were last year’s. They gave a great insight in to bird breeding in the dale. A pair of green woodpeckers were still feeding young in their nest hole high up in an ash tree alongside the river and the group were very lucky to watch one of the young peering out of the hole. A spotted flycatcher performed what they do best, flitting out from a branch, taking an insect in mid-air and returning to the same perch. Over the moor a red kite soared high and curlews gave protecting warning calls to their young.
The group visited habitats which favoured some less common flora. Wet flushes revealed musk, creeping forgetmenot and round-leaved water crowfoot. Unimproved acidic pasture hosted our locally rare heath spotted orchid (just the one), bitter vetchling, heath speedwell and heath bedstraw. Close to the moor there was the delicate looking but robust chickweed wintergreen. Both trailing and slender St John’s wort was encountered on a dry trackside leading up to the moor. Three sedges included yellow, oval and remote.
It was good to see ringlet, common blue and small heath butterflies but none in great numbers despite the warm weather.
It was a pleasure to lead such an engaging and interested group Updale Natural History Recorder
Heath spotted orchid
Young green woodpecker still being fed in nest hole
The first of the combined Rosedale walking and heritage festival went well, with good weather on both days for the walkers and lots of visitors to the Rosedale History Society and Land of Iron heritage information stands. The combined format was a great success, with a lot of very positive feedback from walkers and visitors, such that the final number for this year’s event are around 121 walkers or 50% more than last year, a great tribute to the tireless efforts of Kate Jones and Ian Thompson in organising and promoting the event, to all those who volunteered their time and expertise as walk leaders and to the Rosedale History Society and the Land Of Iron project for their fascinating stands. Watch out for details of the 2019 festival!
Day 1 – Linda and Tom waiting for the onrush of visitors
Day 1 – The natural history ramblers being briefed .
Day 1 – The tea shop walkers about to set off, led by Ian Thompson on the right
Day 1 – Elspeth Ingleby and her botanists deep in the oat grass
Day 1 – Tom Mutton training up new civil engineers on the Land of Iron stand
Day 1 – Dave Oakey and his beerminders getting ready to meet their group.
Day 1 – the Ale House Walkers warming up at the White Horse Farm Inn. Photo by Dave Oakey
Day 1 – An hour or so later, the Ale House Walkers cooling down with a stash of river temperature beer! Photo by Dave Oakey
The artistic walkers at the start of the Goldsworthy Trail on Day 2 of the festival
Day 2 – Land of Iron Walk Dog Cooling Station – Dunn Carr Bridge
Day 2 – Land of Iron Walk approaching East Mines
Day 2 – Land of Iron Walkers at East Mines
Day 2 – Shirley Drew and Janet Dring send off more treasure hunters around the village
Day 2 -Happy Nordics up on the line – photo by Jane Schofield
On Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September Moorsbus connects Rosedale with the rest of the world.
Not only can visitors from the region get to Rosedale Abbey for its walks, tea rooms, accommodation and other attractions, but Rosedale residents can get to Pickering to connect with other services.
Five services on Saturdays make it possible for locals to get to Scarborough for over a four hour visit. And four services on Sundays connect with Pickering as well as giving locals a direct morning service to Ralph Cross and Danby.
Using the bus also gives locals and visitors some great choices of ‘Buswalks’ – linear walks which save both the cost and problems of taking a car to the start of a walk, and then having to get back to the car at the end.
Moorsbus at Ralph’s Cross
Fares for an all-day, travel-anywhere Moorsbus Rover ticket are £9 or £4.50 for a child. Single fares are also available and Rosedale to the Moors Centre at Danby costs £3, for example. National concessionary passes are accepted on all Moorsbuses. All the details are on www.moorsbus.org or pick up a timetable in shops and libraries.
So this summer, Rosedale is better connected than ever.
Stunningly beautiful walk in the snow at dusk along the old railway line at Rosedale East. The low mist adds to the atmospheric conditions as the light fades. A pair of stonechats break the silence with their presence as do three wrens flitting together in the rushes Updale Natural History Recorder
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
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.
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.
Malcolm Bisby’s talk on Rosedale’s mining and railways will be in Rosedale Abbey church at 6.00pm on Saturday 22 April and the walks up to East Mines will start from the Updale Reading Room on each day at 2.00pm.
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 Sheriff’s Pit
Thanks to Sue and Kevin Atkinson for allowing us to view the pit pony stables at Poplar Farm.