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Rosedale Walking Festival

25th - 26th June 2016. 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 25th June 2016

Starting 10.00am at the old Bakery Graze on the Green. Return approx 5pm.

The walk, led by Ian Thompson, is easy to moderate with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom incorporating not one but three tea shops!

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000 map SW 724 958.

Approximately 9 mile/14kms and 7 hours duration.

Cost £12 - Includes all drinks and food as detailed below.

Rendezvous at The Abbey Tea Shop at 10am for coffee and biscuits, sandwich and savoury lunch at Dale Head tea Gardens concluding with a cup of tea and a cake at Graze on The Green

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

Easy to moderate with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom incorporating not one but three tea shops!

Heading along the bottom of the valley with a climb up through Thorgill on to the old railway track, then a descent from Blakey Ridge for lunch at Dale Head Tea Garden, returning back via the east side railway track and Hill Cottages.

Walk 2: The Pilgrims Way - Saturday 25th June 2016

Starting at 1.30pm at Ebeneezer Methodist Chapel (Rosedale East).

This walk is an interesting and varied walk taking in some of the ancient and well worn tracks and landmarks which are the heart of local folklore and legend. In the spirit of the monks who once walked these trods, we may even introduce the practice of walking meditation for a short section of the walk.

Led by Edward Harpin of The Orange tree, the walk is approx. 8.5 miles and will take about 4 hours depending on weather and walking conditions.

The walk takes us up onto the high moor and includes uneven ascent and descent for approx. 2 miles of the walk. Walking boots and waterproofs are recommended as the terrain is mixed. A bottle of water and snacks are advised.

The walk follows along the old railway line to the monks trod that takes us up to the top of the moor passing near Loose Howe, a bronze age burial ground.

Then across to see the old crosses learning some more of the stories surrounding their placement and then to the Lion Inn (for refreshments if time).

After following the ley line down Blakey Rigg and exploring some more of the folk tales of the area, we re-join the monks trod back down into the valley along the path towards Thorgill and then crossing back over the valley and the River Seven and returning to the Methodist Chapel in Rosedale East where we began.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

The cost of the walk is £4 per adult Children 11-17 are free.

The walk is probably not suitable for children under the age of 11 unless they are used to walking regularly for similar distances.

Off road car parking is available if you take the riight - turn up the dirt track at the end of Hill Cottages (coming from Rosedale Abbey) Follow the track up to the very top (past the white farm building on the left and all the chickens and through the gate at the top).

Parking is on the grass at the very top of the hill in an area that doesn't block the gates or access for farm vehicles. This will be signposted.

Walk 3: Nordic Walking I - Saturday 25th June 2016

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 4: Nordic Walking II - Saturday 25th June 2016

Meet at Rosedale Abbey in the Priory Field (behind the church) at 1.45pm where poles will be measured and allocated.

This walk will be for those already familiar with Nordic walking or those who participated in the morning training session (Walk 3, see above). Nordic Walking Instructor Jill Allen is leading the walk.

The walk will begin at 2pm and take us via the monk trods to Rosedale East and then a short climb through Clough Farmyard to the old ironstone railway track towards Maggie’s Tearoom where we will have a short rest, refreshments are available. From there we will follow the narrow tarmac road to Hilltop Cottages and back to Rosedale Abbey by approx. 5pm.

This walk requires an average to good level of fitness.

Distance is approx. 5 miles.

It 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.

Walking shoes would be better than walking boots for this session to allow ankle flexibility. There may be some mud in places. There is a gentle climb.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Cost £5 per person including pole hire.

This will be a very varied walk using alternative Nordic walking methods and exercises using poles. There will be some surprises too!

Walk 5: Walk the Line - Sunday 26th June 2016

Starting 9.00am on the Village Green. Return approx 5pm.

The walk, led by Annie Wilkinson, moderate to strenuous walk with ascent of 310 metres.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000 map SW 724 958. Approximately 11 miles/17kms and 9 hours duration.

Cost £4. Children Free.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

Through the fields to the top of Chimney Bank where we pick up the old railway for 8 and a half miles, return via North Dale & the river.

Lots of historical interest, could be muddy down by the river. A number of options to return early if weather dictates, option to call at tea garden if weather dictates.

Walk 6: Wildlife Walk - Sunday 26th June 2016

Starting 10am on the Village Green.

The walk, led by Andrew Middleton, is a moderate walk that, like the water ways within them, meanders along two valleys. Opportunities for sketching and photography will be available.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000 map SW 724 958. Approximately 5 mile/8kms and 4 hours duration. ( Frequent Observation Stops)

Mostly easy walking but with a 0.8km steep and uneven ascent and long descent.

Please bring a packed lunch, sketching materials, cameras and binoculars, if you have some. Walking boots or sturdy wellingtons are advised, if wet.

Cost £4. Children free.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

Refreshments and picnic foods are available at both Tea Rooms, before and after the walk.

We leave Rosedale Abbey and go up Northdale. From here we cross over, through Rosedale East and down into Rosedale to the River Seven and back to the village.

Throughout the walk we will be keeping an eye out for the flora and fauna that share this landscape with us. Opportunities for sketching and photography will be available.

Walk 7: Rosedale History Walk - Sunday 26th June 2016

Starting 1.30pm at the Village Green, Rosedale Abbey. Return approx 6pm.

"Tall Tales and Fascinating Facts" is led by Rosedale History Society, with seldom seen archive photographs and press reports.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000 map sheet SW 724 958. Approximately 5 mile/8kms and 4 hours+ duration.

Mostly easy walking but with a 0.8km very steep and uneven ascent and long descent.

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!

Lunches and teas are available in Rosedale Abbey.

We walk to the hamlet of Thorgill and on to Medd's Farm with a visit to the pit pony stables. We then climb up the dale side to ironstone mine drift entrances on what is known as the Platform and hear about the men who worked here and their families. Superb views across the dale. A short time to explore before we climb up the old Miners' Steps (a steep ascent) and across the moor to Sheriff's Pit head to visit the eerie remains of the pithead. We return along the old railway line on level track to Bank Top to look at the earliest Ironstone calcining kilns in Rosedale, the remaining railway workers' cottages and more magnificent views over Rosedale, before descending the infamous Chimney Bank, where very popular car and motorcycle hill climbs took place in the 1920s. Return to Rosedale Abbey village.

Walk 8: Little Boots - For Children - Sunday 26th June 2016

The start and finish of the walk will be Rosedale Abbey School yard and will commence at 2pm.

Lead by Rosedale Abbey School and aimed primarily at children up to eleven years old but all are welcome.

Join us on a Faerie Folk Trail, on a hunt for clues left by Fairies, Pixies and Elves, leading to the inevitable pot of gold.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £1 per child.