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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 - Saturday 23rd June 2018

Meet 12.30 White Horse Farm Inn from 1pm departure. Approx Distance 5 Miles.

The walk will explore Rosedale’s rich heritage through the beer barrel and bar taps. Taking us back in time to the dales earliest known brewing site from medieval times, through the lively and rich social changes that came to our dale with the Iron mining boom, which shaped so much of what we can still see and enjoy today. We will start and end our walk in Rosedale Abbey’s two public houses, where you can take on refreshments, and en-route we will visit the locations of old beer houses, brewing sites and former inns. You will also hear tales of Murder, Ghosts, Illicit trade and Smuggling.

Starting at The White Horse Farm Inn where there will be time to take on some refreshment and take stock of the walk ahead from the splendid vantage point of the Inns car park, we will then head down Gill Lane through the village via the ruins of the Cistercian Priory and out along the banks of the River Severn to the hamlet of Thorgill. From Thorgill we will cross the valley and head up to Rosedale East and then up through the woods across the Knott in to the remote tranquillity of Northdale. Our route back in to Rosedale Abbey will take us along the banks of Northdale Beck, past the now closed Milburn Arms Hotel and our walk ends at The Coach House Inn.

Key locations: White Horse Farm Inn, Rosedale Priory Ruins and the Old Police House, Thorgill Beer House Site, Rosedale East, Northdale, Milburn Arms Hotel, Coach House Inn.

Max 25 People.

NOT suitable for children under 18.

Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Collection taken on completion of the walk for festival funds.

Walk 3: Exploring Rosedale's wildlife habitats - Saturday 23rd June 2018

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

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.

Walk 4: A Walk in the Land of Iron, Steam and Silence - Sunday 24th June 2018

Starting 1.30pm at the Village Green, Rosedale Abbey, returning approx 6pm. Led by Rosedale History Society, with seldom seen archive photographs and press reports.

We follow the course of the River Seven towards the head of the dale and cross fields by the old stone trod to Hill Cottages. Here we catch our breath, hear stories of those now long gone and take the gentle climb up to the old railway depot and the terminus for the iron-ore wagons. With superb views across the dale there will be opportunity for photography and to see images from our extensive archive. The old railway line, which operated from the 1860s to the 1920s, is now one of the most magnificent walks in the National Park with its sweeping landscapes, the nationally important ironstone calcining kilns and remains of workers’ houses, high up and below us on the dale side. We return along the line and then walk up through woodland following an old tram track which brings us into hidden, beautiful Northdale. We walk down to Northdale Beck and return to Rosedale Abbey village along the beck side.

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

Approximately 5 mile/8kms and 4 hours + duration.

Mostly easy walking across fields and on tracks with some ascents and descents.

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.

Cost £4 per adult, children free.

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 2018

Meet at Chimney Bank car park at 9.45am where poles will be measured and allocated. Walk led by Nordic Walking Instructor Jill Allen.

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.

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: Discover an ancient pannier track/Monk trod - Sunday 24th June 2018

Meet at the millennium stone car park, on the Castleton road at the Fryup dale turn off, at 10am. Duration approx 2 hours. Walk guided by Mary Davies.

A history lesson, a good imagination and you will walk in the steps of our ancestors. Many made their way to religious sites, often carrying coffins. Traders transported their goods inland from the coast via Rosedale.

This gentle, circular walk starts on a single track road that leads to a wide path and then to the ‘George Gap Causeway’.

Strong boots and clothing to suit the weather are needed for the moderately fit and children over 12 years. Dogs are welcome on short leads on this bridal Path.

Bring your cameras and binoculars to enjoy the views, flora and fauna from this pathway that snakes across the moor.

Max 25 People Booking Advisable.

Collection taken on completion of the walk for festival funds.

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