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Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.

Archive for the ‘Walks’ Category

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




It’s Official Rosedale is one of the Friendliest Places to Walk

In the Yorkshire Post there is a lovely piece about the Walkers are Welcome Scheme .

We are proud to be part of this. Thank you to the numerous folks from our Rosedale community  who freely give their time to make it happen every year.

“Gary Verity, chief executive of the region’s tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, hailed another reason to be proud of the county.

“Yorkshire is famous for its warm welcome and generous hospitality, and for yet another Yorkshire town to receive Walkers Are Welcome status goes to show that the county’s famous hello remains very much part of its charm.

“And now with 25 towns and villages across the county recognised by the Walkers Are Welcome scheme, Yorkshire is reigning supreme as one of the nation’s top destinations for ramblers, amblers and hikers.”

Rosedale is fully Walkers are Welcome accredited.

The Rosedale Walking Festival is in 13th & 14th June. Two days of walks led by volunteers from our community and who love the place!

Walks to be announced soon, though there is a sign on the village green advertising this wonderful community led event, and the festival is over two days, you can walk anytime you like on the numerous beautiful paths that cover our dale, anytime of the year.

If you want local knowledge, a local guide, enjoy Rosedale from a new perspective come along to one of the guided walks this June.

WW1 History Exhibition – 13 to 14 September 2014

Both days of the Local Villages WW1 history exhibition were well attended at the Updale Reading Room, Rosedale. Between 50 to 60 people on Saturday and rather more on Sunday visited from all over the country, not just locally and viewed a fascinating and varied set of photographs, memorabilia and documentation on the roles played by by local people in the Great War both at home and at the front from Rosedale and Hartoft, Appleton le Moors, Sinnington, Lockton and Levisham and Thornton le Dale.

Exhibits in the Reading Room

Exhibits in the Reading Room

History Walkers at East Mines

History Walkers at East Mines – 13 September

History Walkers and Dogs - East Mines Stone Kilns  -14 September

History Walkers and More  Dogs – East Mines Stone Kilns -14 September

A tremendous amount of hard work was put in to stage the exhibition by volunteers from all the villages involved. The organisers would also like to thank all those who helped out on both days with running the reception desk, guiding and advising our visitors, those who provided and served all the delicious cakes, rolls and other refreshments that are such a feature of these events in the Updale Reading Room and, finally, the generous donors of excellent raffle prizes on both days – you know who you are so thanks again!


Yellow Bike

They are all getting in on the act! But if you want to escape the hoopla of ‘Le Grand Depart’ or even the World Cup and Wimbledon, visit the haven of peace that is the Dale Head Farm Tea Garden.

Open For Business

Open For Business

Open 10.00 to 5.00, Wednesday to Sunday. Call 01751 417353 or e-mail maggie@daleheadfarm.co.uk if you want to book in a group for the delicious fodder available.