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Rosedale Walking Festival

23rd - 24th June 2018. You can just turn up on the day but numbers are limited. To secure a place by advance purchase contact 01751 417505 or email walkrosedale@outlook.com. For very the latest news about the festival, please see our Facebook page.

Walk 1: Tea Shop Walk - Saturday 23rd June 2018

Starting 10.00am on the village green. Return approx 5pm.

A seven mile easy to moderate walk with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom, incorporating not one but three tea shops!

We will start with morning coffee and a cake at the Abbey Tea Rooms and will then walk to the head of the valley for a lunch at Dale Head Tea Garden, walking back along the old railway we will return to the village for a cup of tea and a nibble at Graze on the Green.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

Cost £15

Walk 2: Ale Trail Walk - Saturday 23rd June 2018

Starting at 12.30pm.

More details coming soon.

Walk 3: Rosedale's Glassmakers Past & Present - Saturday 23rd June 2018

Starting at 12.30pm.

More details coming soon.

Walk 4: Land of Iron - Sunday 24th June 2018

Rosedale’s Ironstone Mining Story, 1860s–1920s. Starting 1.30p.m at the Updale Reading Room (Village Hall) returning approx 5.00 pm.

The Land of Iron walk is led by Rosedale History Society, with seldom seen archive photographs and press reports.

Parking opposite the Reading Room situated about 1.5 miles outside Rosedale Abbey and signposted “Village Hall” off the Castleton road.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000, grid reference SE713 975. Post code YO18 8RQ.

Approximately 6 miles/10kms and 4 hours + duration. Mostly easy to moderate walking, but with some slopes and rough ground.

Cost £4 per adult. Children Free.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

WALKING BOOTS AND WATERPROOFS ESSENTIAL. Don’t forget your camera and please bring a bottle of water!

Lunches are available in Rosedale Abbey.

We meet at The Updale Reading Room and will then walk past Hill Cottages, built for the miners and their families during the early part of the 70-year ironstone mining boom here in Rosedale. Up onto the mining levels we will see some of the most spectacular views in the National Park. We will walk along the old railway which loops around the dale and see, in detail, the remains of unique sets of ironstone ore kilns which still dominate the landscape. As we go, our archive photographs will help bring the past to life. You will hear stories of the miners, their families in this once-isolated dale and imagine life as it was 150 years ago.

Walk 5: In search of Andy Goldsworthy - Sunday 24th June 2018

Meet at the Milburn Arms for 10.45-11am departure returning between 3-4pm. Led by James Bustard.

Long slow amble up Northdale to visit two Sculptures. A couple of short, sharp hills, but with plently of opportunities to stop and enjoy the view.

Camera's and sketch books welcome as time will be taken to enjoy the landscape.

Good footwear essential.

Dogs welcome on leads. Children over 12.

A collection will be taken up after the walk for Festival Funds.

Walk 6: Nordic Walking - Sunday 24th June 2017

Meet at Chimney Bank car park at 9.45am where poles will be measured and allocated.

This walk will be for those new to Nordic Walking and wanting to learn the technique and benefits of this more challenging method of walking with poles.

Nordic Walking Instructor Jill Allen is leading the walk.

The training will take place along the Blakey Ridge track lasting 1hr to 1.5 hrs. Returning to the cars at 11.30am. All elements of the correct Nordic Walking technique and other exercise activities with poles will be explained fully.

This will be an informal and fun session.

An average level of fitness will be required.

Not suitable for children under 12 yrs.

No dogs.

Nordic poles will be provided for the session.

Comfortable footwear (eg. trainers) would be better than walking boots for this session.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Cost £5 per person including pole hire.

Walk 7: Exploring Rosedale's wildlife habitats - Date TBC

Starting at 10.00am at the village green and returning at approx 4.00pm.

Walk led by Rosedale's Updale Natural History Recorder. A steady walk from the village heading northwest through the valley to Thorgill on the west side and up on to the moor exploring varied habitat and recording wildlife encountered along the way. Plenty of time to spot and discuss wildlife. One long steep climb on to the moor but with plenty of stops. Returning via Medds Farm and bridleway.

Meet on the village green under the large tree.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000, grid reference SE724 958.

Parking in the village.

Approximately 5 miles/8 kms and 6 hours duration as the walk will progress at a very steady pace. At least one steep climb on edge of moor track. Some rough track on moor.

Bring packed lunch and plenty of water in hot weather.

Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment and cameras welcome.

Good footwear essential. Waterproofs in inclement weather.

No dogs please. Accompanied children over 12.

A collection will be taken up after the walk for Festival Funds.

More walks to be announced. Sign up to our email list for news: walkrosedale@outlook.com.