IN LOVE WITH ROSEDALE
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.
Or visit our web site www.augustguesthouse.co.uk