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Rosedale History Walk – 23 June 2013

Pointing The Way

Pointing The Way

The Rosedale History Society will be running another of its popular history walks on Sunday 23 June, starting from Rosedale Abbey village green at 2.00pm. The route will go from there up into Northdale via Duker Bridge and Bell End, returning by Hanging Stone House, Stonebank and Heygate, then back to the village by around 5.00pm.

The route may change subject to weather conditions, but all walkers should have weatherproof clothing, proper hiking footwear and are encouraged to bring water with them.

There is no need to book places and there is no charge for the walk; however, donations are gratefully accepted to help the work of the Rosedale History Society. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary RHS on 01751 417071 or e-mail  rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk .

Farewell George Watson

Yesterday, as I passed over the gated footbridge in North Dale, I noticed wisps of smoke rising into the blue sky ahead. I continued on up the hill towards the old dog kennels, stopping only when I got to the next gate, through a wall by a large Ash tree. Here I could see the fire below. Orange flames danced high, lighting up a hunched figure standing within the reaches of its heat. Whatever it was he had in his hand, he tossed it into the flames making them pirouette away a moment, before they returned with increased energy spiralling higher and brighter.

Now he stood stock still, staring straight into the depths of the fire. Part of me wanted to join him, to share the beauty of the fire, the heat and the comfort that only an outdoor, evening fire can give. I didn’t. It would have been an intrusion.  He seemed to be burning more than rubbish, on this his last day as Tenant Farmer, steward of the land that is upper North Dale. Soon he would be gone, literally moving to pastures new.

Up at the house others busied themselves, loading his life and more, into lorries and onto trailers but the house stood as proud as ever, its face glowing in the low sun. Whatever is to become of it I hope it doesn’t stand empty and hollow for long.

Sitting high near Stone Bank I once watched George, on his quad bike and Hanna on her horse with a dog running hard and fast between them on the slopes above Bell End. They worked as one, gathering up sheep. With each twist and turn of their steeds they picked up more ewes and moved them on up the dale. Hanna, riding high on the slope with George below, soon had an arrow of white moving before them. The dog seemed to be controlling himself as I could not hear any whistles or shouts of direction. The rumble of the quad and yips and yells of Hanna shattered the usual peace of the dale but it was a welcome noise. The two were in harmony, a song of work. Suddenly Hanna turned and shot higher up the hill, her horse seemed to have no difficulty going straight up the steep slope. She had spotted a small group of sheep out on a limb and was getting above them to bring them into the ever growing flock. The dog instinctively took her place to keep the main flock whole and together with George kept them moving along.

George Watson loved the land, the stock and the wildlife that shared his dale and we would talk around these topics whenever we met on the hill. I will be forever grateful for the trust and support that George gave me, encouraging me to take small groups up Northdale to share wild places he knew, away from the usual paths. Here strangers would come together and cook a meal on small campfires, sit whittling and engage in other Bushcraft related activities. Really they were learning to love these wild places as George and I do.

While Rosedale and Northdale have lost something today, The Vale of Pickering has gained a passionate custodian of the land. Good luck and happy times to you George and to you Hanna and thank you, on behalf of all that have enjoyed wild upper North Dale in recent years.

Wild Country Walkabouts

History Walks 2012



We start our programme of history walks NEXT SUNDAY, 15 APRIL with a walk from The White Horse on Chimney Bank (car park) starting at 2.00 p.m. lasting approximately 2 hours. We will take in the track towards Hollins and then up the dale side onto the moor to Ana Cross. We will then walk to Bank Top and across the kilns and railway terminus site and down onto the Thorgill road or descend Chimney Bank, depending on prevailing weather conditions! This walk takes in some important industrial sites but there will be plenty of social history too. You will be able to see archive photographs of the various locations and perhaps take some good photographs yourselves, with some excellent views across the valley and Spaunton Moor on offer.

Please contact us by ‘phone for further details and/or go to the history link on www.rosedaleabbey.com

The full programme of walks is as follows:



SUNDAY 15 APRIL. 2.00p.m. (2 hrs)

HOLLINS, ANA CROSS & BANK TOP, starting at White Horse car park.

WED. 9 MAY. 2.00p.m. (2-3 hrs)

EAST MINES & DALE HEAD, starting at

School Row, Updale.

SUNDAY 10 JUNE. 2.00p.m. (1 hr +)

ROSEDALE ABBEY VILLAGE WALK starting on Village Green.

SUNDAY 15 JULY 1.00p.m. (3-4 hrs)


PIT, starting at White Horse car park.

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 1.00p.m. (3hrs)

NORTHDALE via Douker and Bell End starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green

WED 12 SEPTEMBER 10.30a.m. (approx.5 hrs with bookable lunch stop)


starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green.

Contact Sec. on: rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

or : 01751 417071 to book walks and for further details. http://rosedale.ryedaleconnect.org.uk

Northdale Path Improvements Continue

Much work has been done on the Northdale paths, with new gates and land drains added. Last week saw volunteers out again helping to improve access and drainage. Thank you to all who are working to improve access to this beautiful walk along the river.

Theses still a bit of work to be done, if anyone has any images of how work is progressing please do send them in.