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Posts Tagged ‘Walking’
Ryedale Folk Museum & My Last Car
Two day Art Walks will set off from Ryedale Folk Museum on
Sunday 15th July and Sunday 5th August
Book a place on the walks by contacting Ryedale Folk Museum on 01751 417367
If you have a short story that could be
included on either of the walks please email
a brief description to
Alison Lloyd who runs www.contemporaryartofwalking.com will explore the landscape and
stories of the Lyke Wake Walk that passes close to the museum. Alison has been
commissioned to create two bespoke art walks to which you are all are invited.
Thank you to the Ryedale Walkers for their local knowledge on walking close to
Walk 1 – Meet at Ryedale Folk Museum at 10:00 am on Sunday 15th July.
Hutton-le-hole, Spaunton Moor, Lastingham, Hagg Wood, Spaunton
Start: 10:15 am in the museum’s gallery with the My Last Car Exhibition.
Distance: 8.3 miles. Walking time 3 hrs 15 mins Non walking time 1 hr. Total 4 hrs 15
Terrain: Some moorland paths and tracks, and field paths and tracks.
Walk 2 – Meet at Ryedale Folk Museum at 10:00 am on Sunday 5th August.
Hutton-le-hole, The Nab, Gillamoor, and Harland Moor.
This walk will include a period of time walking, and purposeful wandering on rougher
moorland terrain, giving time for Lyke Wake Walk stories and anecdotes.
Start: 10:15 am in the Museum’s gallery with the My Last Car Exhibition
Distance: 7 miles.
One of North Yorkshire’s most historic and beautiful villages, Rosedale Abbey, is celebrating after becoming the first village in the North York Moors National Park to gain Walkers are Welcome status.
It’s the latest of over 80 towns and villages nationwide to join the innovative community-led scheme, which aims to highlight areas which have demonstrated real commitment to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.
Rosedale Abbey, located roughly midway between Pickering and Castleton, is famous for its spectacular views and wild walks.
To gain the status, village representatives had to undertake a challenging application process to prove their commitment, including measures taken to maintain existing walks in good condition, and facilities available to visitors.
The village is aiming to promote the scheme with a special stand at the annual Rosedale Show in August, which regularly attracts over 6,000 visitors, and a walking festival later in the year.
Catriona McLees, the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Head of Promotion and Tourism, said: “Visitor surveys show that walking is by far the most popular activity in the North York Moors, be it a short stroll or a longer hike up hill and down dale. Rosedale has plenty to offer all abilities and I’m sure this award will encourage many more to discover the wonderful walks that start from the village.”
Pic below by Paddy Chambers of the Steering Committee being presented the Certificate by Nigel Botting, Secretary of Walkers are Welcome.
Andrew Middleton takes three young boys and a couple of dads for a circular walk from the village of Rosedale through Northdale. On the walk the boys, under instruction from Andrew, nibble on hawthorn leaves, wild garlic flowers, play pooh sticks, light a small fire and toast marshmallows. Andrew talks about his company; Wild Country Walkabouts, his love for the countryside and the importance of providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the countryside that is on our doorstep. A film by Gareth Jenkins.
Visit Andrews website: www.wildcountrywalkabouts.co.uk to find out more.
ROSEDALE HISTORY SOCIETY
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:
ROSEDALE HISTORY SOCIETY
HISTORY WALKS 2012
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)
THORGILL, MEDD’S FARM & SHERRIFF’S
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)
DALE HEAD via THORGILL, EAST MINES
starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green.
Contact Sec. on: email@example.com
or : 01751 417071 to book walks and for further details. http://rosedale.ryedaleconnect.org.uk
Heres one from Andrew Middleton of Wild Country Walkabouts.
Andrew has many strings to his bow including leading guided walks in Rosedale, his observations of the rich wildlife, flora and fauna in this walk are beautiful. Thanks Andrew. Once again, Rosedales secret Daffodil Walk gets a mention !
An enjoyable walk for me doesn’t have to be long, challenging or go anywhere in particular. What it does have to do is bring me close to nature. I want to hear natural sounds, smell natural scents and see living things going about their lives. I want to walk on uneven ground and feel the ups and downs of the earth. I want to be able to reach out and touch the rough, the smooth. (The coarse and the delicate fabrics of life). I want to squish in mud, splash in water and crunch leaves and twigs underfoot. I want to look up and see big skies.
A short walk that allows me to do all these things begins in the heart of Rosedale Abbey and meanders up North Dale to a small wooden bridge. From there I can extend my travels to Rosedale East and home, or retrace my steps to the village.
I always begin my walk passing between The Old Methodist Chapel and Beckside Cottage. Immediately, as I turn onto the track, the music of the beck lifts my spirit and lightens my step. Today daffodils line the path and lead me on to wilder places.
As I pass through the first field gate I am always drawn to look up to the high ground to the East. Once I was rewarded with the sight of a peregrine, flying hard and fast above the ridge line. I am always reminded here, of the words of J. A Barker. ‘The hawk flies quickly upward to the breaking clouds. Swerving and twisting away from the misty lower air, he rises to the first faint warmth of the sun, feels delicately for wing-hold on the sheer fall of sky. He is a tiercel, lean and long and supple winged, the first of the year. He is the colour of yellow ochre sand and reddish brown gravel. His big brown spaniel eyes shine wet in the darker matt brown of the moustachial mask. He sweeps away to the west. ‘The Peregrine’ .
At the second field gate I stay low by the beck, passing close to a tall Silver Birch that appears to have lots of nests in it. However, all is not what it appears as these are ‘Galls’, growth deformities caused by fungi or mites. In autumn you may see red and white Fly Agaric toadstools around the base of Silver Birches, the two engaged in a symbiotic relationship. Other trees to look out for along the beckside are; Alder, Hazel, Rowan, Holly and Sycamore.
From across the beck, high above me, a welcome raucous sound. Rooks! Back on their nests high in Hill Plantation. I’ve always loved this sound. Every English country village should have the sound of rooks drifting through it. A member of the Crow family, easily identified by the large grey area at the base of the bill, they should be the pasture growers friend, feeding mainly on Leatherjackets, (larvae of the Daddy Longlegs), that live beneath the turf eating away the roots. Sadly, even many country people don’t know what they fed on and see them as pests. If Rooks excite you as much as they do me, read ‘Crow Country’ by Mark Cocker, it’s a delight.
At the end of March and into early April the banks of the beck are decorated with wild daffodils with some magnificent spreads, on bank tops where the beck meanders away from the field fence. Thankfully this protects the blooms from grazing livestock. I get down low and look across the trumpet tops, breathing in their delicate scents. Fantastic!
A new boardwalk leads across a wet area and then ahead, through the next gate a large log makes a splendid seat. Here I sit a while and watch and wait. As the French writer Collette wrote, ‘The Earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way.’ Even though nothing comes close by today, I have memories of a hare, a stoat, a Roe deer and a Jay that stopped a while. I love the bouncy gait of jays and their iridescent plumage, especially the flashes of blue on their wings.
Not far away is another great sitting place. Great stone slabs form a bridge across the beck. Sit and dangle your legs over the babbling waters, next to the Rowan. A Kingfisher or Wagtail may come this way. Today a swift, darting Dipper! Hopefully one day, an otter!! Note the Alder on your right. Tree and stone wall have become one. Alders spread their seeds by floating them on the water and so it’s no surprise to find them growing all along the waterways of Rosedale. The timber is very resistant to decay in water and so was used to support buildings in Venice. Surprisingly the wood has also been used to make electric guitars, including the Fender Stratocaster.
Across the path to my right a hazel stands proud on the banking. I’m reminded of childhood makings of bows and arrows and walking sticks. I make a note for Autumn, a good looking, stout, stick awaits my saw.
Not far to the wooden bridge and the end of this short but fulfilling walk. I stand and watch the waters flow beneath me and drop a stick onto the swirling surface. I wonder how long it will take for that same water to run under the village. Quicker than I can get there I guess. I notice mosses and liverworts growing on the stone walls where water cascades over them from the land above, splashing into the beck and on down the valley, where I must go.
I turn and leave the bridge, back towards the village. It’s not the same walk though, different order, different views. I see things I missed as I walked by from behind them. Now I walk towards them I recall a poem from Lord of The Rings. ‘…..still round the corner we may meet a sudden tree or standing stone that none have seen but we alone…….still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate, and though we pass them by today, tomorrow we may come this way and take the hidden paths that run towards the moon or to the sun.’
Take a short, slow walk to nowhere and see the world through different eyes. Enjoy!
Wild Country Walkabouts
My Favourite Rosedale short walk from Sevenford House.
Approximately 3 miles.
Its such a beautiful morning I am inspired to tell you about my favourite short walk from Sevenford House. Leaving Sevenford by the gate turn right in the direction of Thorgill, after half a mile take the footpath sign on the left signed Thorgill. This used to be quite a muddy route but The National Park have done quite a bit of drainage work here recently. This path will take you past the ruins of Ratten Row, destroyed by fire many years ago and never rebuilt. Most of the stone has been recycled by local builders for extensions, garages and garden walls etc. Note the remains of the privies on the left hand side. Eventually you will arrive at the small Hamlet of Thorgill, turn left at Pete Cootes alotment admiring the vegetables as you go. Follow the sign “Footpath to Farndale”, go through the moor gate and follow the path to the right ascending to the high moor at about 45 degrees. This climb will certainly get your circulation going but whilst pausing for breath don’t forget to turn round and admire the view across Thorgill. Arriving at the bed of the old railway line you will be afforded panoramic views across the whole of the valley perhaps time for another rest and a bit of contemplation. Turning left along the old railway bed is the easy section of the walk, dead level all the way to the workings at Bank Top, and those views just keep coming. After exploring the mining remains at Bank Top you need to descend down Chimney Bank, if your descent down the steepest road hill in England starts to cause problems with your knee joints what you need to do is have some liquid refreshment and a rest at The White Horse Hotel conveniently situated at the bottom. Whether you care or not depends upon how much “refreshment” you consume but the way back to Sevenford House is along Thorgill lane
Trip Asvisor has a few good words to say about Sevenford too !
Mr Chambers camera work has made Photo of the Month again on Beautiful North Yorkshire.
MARCH: Aine Howe Cross on Spaunton Moor by
Patrick Chambers, of Rosedale Abbey. Howe is
an old English word meaning “mound” or “tumulus.”
The cross stands on a Bronze age burial
mound close by the ancient drovers’ route from
Lastingham to Rosedale Abbey. Three more mounds
appear on the far horizon. More of Patrick’s work
can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/hectorpatrick
You can see many more of Patrick’s beautiful images populating the Our Rosedale web site too.
Visitors from Kent
Rosedale has to be England’s best kept secret. Stunning scenery, walks aplenty – as long or as short as you choose to make them, as steep or level as your energy levels dictate.
The drive over the moor from Kirkbymoorside was stunning, the sun shining we had the car windows open and the scent from the blooming heather was wonderful. We arrived at Low Farm for a week’s well earned holiday last year with smiles on our faces and were blown away by the view up to Blakey from the farm as we climbed out of the car. We were welcomed by the lovely hostess Linda with home made cake and tea, much appreciated after our long drive from Maidstone. We stayed in the double room and the four star gold rating does little to justify the comfort and amenities provided.
Having roughly planned out our week from home our hosts gave helpful advice on walks and places to visit in the area – it was plain that we would see little of what the area has to offer in just one week. During the week we ate out at all the local pubs, the White Horse being most conveniently situated for Low Farm saw most of us and the food was very good, a lovely country pub. The Blacksmiths at Hartoft offered a different atmosphere and excellent food.
We had three days out visiting Whitby, Castle Howard and York, Rievaulx and Byland Abbeys – the rest of the week we walked in and around Rosedale. On our walking days we used the village shops to buy our home made lunches and set off into the marvelous countryside. Our favourite walk was the Rosedale loop which takes you around the rim of the dale on the old railway line that had been used to carry the iron ore between the kilns, much of which remain and off the moor for smelting. We took about six hours to complete the loop having enjoyed a convivial hour at the Lion Inn at Blakey which is conveniently half way round. Basking in the glorious August sun we saw grouse, deer, sheep and many varieties of birds we can not christen.
Our overwhelming memory of our week in Rosedale was the warm welcome we received wherever we went from all the locals. We have much to learn about our the history of the area from the mining and glass blowing to the Priory itself – we treated ourselves to an exquisite bowl which we purchased from Gillies Jones, takes pride of place in our lounge and is a reminder that we must get our holiday booked again for this year!
Chris & Jane Moon