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Walking Festival – Exploring Rosedale’s Wildlife Habitats

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

Spotted flycatcher

Young green woodpecker still being fed in nest hole


Snow covered dale

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

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….

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Rosedale-Walking-Festival-439972986082076/

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



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




These Boots are made for Walking Rosedale !

The festival tickets are selling swiftly, get yours from Pickering TIC in advance, over the phone and posted out, or call into collect. Full details of all the walks on the page on this site as well as regular news and updates on the facebook page. Boots are Made for Walking

Moorland Walk

Ryedale Natural History Society has an outdoor meeting on the evening of Wednesday 24 April consisting of a moorland walk around Blakey.
It starts at 6.30pm from the Lion Inn car park and will be no more than 3 miles, finishing by 8.30pm.
It will be mainly on the flat with one steepish hill and walking shoes are recommended.
Upland birds will be the main focus.
All details about the society can be found at www.ryenats.org.uk. 

Non members welcome.


Please contact Secretary for further details
tel 01751 417071
(walk duration is approximate)
SUNDAY 14 APRIL.   2.00p.m. (1 hour +)
 starting on Village Green.
SUNDAY 19 MAY.      2.00p.m. (2-3 hrs)
 starting at White Horse car park
SUNDAY 23 JUNE.    2.00p.m. (3 hours)
NORTHDALE via Northdale Beck
 starting Rosedale Abbey Village Green
SUNDAY 21 JULY     1.00p.m. (4 hours)
 starting at School Row, Updale
SUNDAY 25 AUGUST  2.00p.m. (1 hour +)
 starting on Village Green.
SAT 14- SUN15 SEPTEMBER  Walking Festival
 History Walk – one of a series of themed walks
(4 hours +)  DAY & TIME t.b.a.
 starting at White Horse car park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (A small charge will be made for all festival walks).

Contemporary Art of 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
Hutton-le-hole. www.ryedalewalkinggroup.btck.co.uk
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.

Walkers are Welcome in Rosedale !

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.