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Part 1 General Views of Rosedale

Looking north-west from Rosedale Abbey along one of the many tracks through the valley of Rosedale.

 

Tranquil scene in the central part of Rosedale.

 

Looking north up Rosedale from one of the many footpaths that traverse it.

 

Looking north towards the head of Rosedale.

 

Rosedale in a nutshell !

 

Sheep picking from the patches of grass between the heather and bracken - its a hard life for them.

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Moody Rosedale!

 

Winter in Rosedale.

A third of the way down the picture you can see the outline of the embankment on which the track of the ironstone railway once lay.

 

Typical landscape scene in Rosedale

 

View of Rosedale from half-way up the Rosedale Chimney Road to Bank Top - telephoto shot below

 

View north-east across Rosedale from the old railway track.

 


Part 2 Rosedale Abbey Village

Rosedale Abbey quietly welcomes you.

 

Some typical stone cottages and houses in Rosedale Abbey

 

Once the Milburn Arms, future?

 

Graze on the Green Tearoom & Tea Garden in Rosedale Abbey village

 

Abbey Stores and Tearoom in Rosedale Abbey village

 

The village green in Rosedale Abbey

 

The Coach House Inn pub and restaurant in Rosedale Abbey village

 

Just behind the 'green' in Rosedale Abbey village is an interesting garden containing a variety of sculptures in a most pleasant setting by the stream.

 

The graveyard of Rosedale Abbey church.

 

The turret staircase on the right is all that is left of the great medieval abbey-priory!

On the left is St Lawrence's Church. On the right, in front of the county primary school, built in 1822, is the remains of a turret staircase from the old Abbey (actually a Nun's Priory), the school is built of stone from the abbey. The turret staircase is all that is left of the great medieval abbey-priory! Rosedale Abbey was a Cistercian nunnery, founded in 1158.

 

St Lawrence's Church, Rosedale Abbey.

Don't forget to call in at St Lawrence's Church, Rosedale Abbey with traces of its medieval origins still visible. PLEASE leave a donation, even if its just buying the excellent little guide sheet to the church and help maintain this ancient and still working church. This was built as the Parish Church of St Mary and St Lawrence on the foundations of the priory chapel. However, the medieval church or priory chapel, was pulled down in 1839 and a larger church built on the same site.

old stone seat from the medieval abbey  the east stained glass window

An old stone seat from the medieval abbey (the 'bishop's chair') and the east stained glass window.

 

? on the side of the church.

? on the side of the church.


Part 3. More pictures of the environs of Rosedale Abbey and walking up into Rosedale itself

Ex miners cottages off Daleside Road (eastern side of Rosedale). Hill Houses?

 

Some reminders from the past and still functioning like the letter post box!

The red pillar box and the Primitive Methodist Chapel of 1872 is now the Ebenezer Methodist Church.

 

 

The Orange Tree offers extra spiritual comfort in addition to that provided by the beauty and ambiance of Rosedale!

 

The ivy clad Hillyard Cottage has lovely views up Rosedale.

 

The view north-west up Rosedale from near Craven Garth Farm which has holiday cottages attached to it.

 

Hill Cottages below Swine Stye Hill on Daleside Road.

 

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Part 4 Walking from Rosedale Abbey to Blakey via Thorgill - a lower route.

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Thorgill is a very quiet little hamlet.

 

Views across to the other side of Rosedale from Thorgill.

 

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The old kilns from the days of ironstone mining.

 

There is a good track heads all the way along Rosedale before climbing up to Blakey.

 

This is also called Daleside Road - the western version!

 

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Tranquil autumn in Rosedale

 

Eventually a bit of hard work has to be done ...

 

The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge

... to reach the Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge.


Northdale, Rosedale

Northdale is a northern section branching of Rosedale itself (which runs north-west from Rosedale Abbey) and  is most readily accessed from the road (the section called Knott Road) down to Rosedale Abbey from the junction at Ralph's Cross on the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road.

Looking north-east, a view of the northern part of North Dale, Northdale Rigg in distant right of the picture. There are some pleasant tracks to explore in this part of Rosedale. In the foreground is the banks of an old reservoir, still full of water, from some past industrial use. On the right is the spread of buildings of Northdale Farm.

 

There are spoil heaps and signs of industrial excavation by the side of Knott Road - from ironstone mining?

 

Looking north-east towards Broom Hill, Northdale Head House and West Northdale Farm, Rosedale.

 

 

Looking south-east across North Dale, Rosedale.

 

You can walk around and through North Dale and end up by the War Memorial above Rosedale Abbey with great views of Rosedale itself.

 

The countryside of Rosedale to the west of North Dale, shot from the road up to Ralph's Cross, about half-way up you can start the walk into North Dale (which is out of sight to the right of these scenes).

 

 

See also the industrial archaeology ironstone mining walk Rosedale

 

 

Rosedale Abbey, Rosedale, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England - Rosedale is on many walking routes and walkers are well served by the Abbey Stores and Abbey Tearoom (top left), shop and post office, Rosedale Abbey, in lovely Rosedale on the North York Moors. Just across the road is Rosedale Church and a small Abbey remnant, Graze on the Green & tearoom (above - good coffee and cakes!).

White Horse (right) which is below the ruins of the old kilns at Bank Top that roasted the ore from the Rosedale ironstone mines (below)
There are several campsites in Rosedale and all in lovely locations even if the caravans are not a pretty sight themselves.

 

 

The White Horse Farm Hotel has been recently refurbished, with great views across the car park, the White Horse was always one of our favourite 'moorland' pubs.

 

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A spot of Industrial Archaeology

The sought after ironstone!

At one time, the much sought after ironstone!

These pictures illustrate Route 3 "Rosedale's Mineral Railway" from "Ten Scenic Walks around Rosedale, Farndale and Hutton-le-Hole" by J. Brian Beadle or the "Upper Rosedale" walk from "Walking on the North York Moors" compiled by the Ramblers Association but starting from the car park near Blakey Ridge (12 miles).

The pictures were mainly taken on glorious winter days and very grey winter days!

In 1861 a railway was constructed from Battersby Junction below the Moors in the east and came east right across to the east side Rosedale by 1865. However as the ironstone ran out the line closed in 1929, but there is considerable industrial archaeological evidence for its existence.

The walk start car park is on the right of the picture, on the left of the road just beyond the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge in the Hutton-le-Hole direction. Rosedale is on the left.

The walk start car park is on the right of the picture (two cars in sight), on the left of the road just beyond the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge in the Hutton-le-Hole direction. Rosedale is on the left (Farndale is out of sight on the right).

The  Lion Inn, Blakey Inn

Ralphs Cross, just up the road

the burial mound and standing stone by the Blakey Inn overlooking Farndale

The Lion Inn (Blakey Inn), Blakey Ridge, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England: The Lion Inn pub on Blakey Ridge, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, sits on a wild moorland ridge between Farndale on its east and Rosedale on its west on the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road a few miles south of Ralph's Cross. It is a very popular pub all year round these days. By the Blakey Inn is a prehistoric burial mound and standing stone overlook Farndale.

The remains of the railway bridge at Blakey and the track bed heading west above Farndale.

 

Only works for ghost trains these days over the wild moorland!

 

A cold late Autumn day on the old mineral railway track above Rosedale

 

Across the middle of the picture you can just make out where the railway track ran.

 

Rather more plain to see on closer inspection!

 

Sheep and building ruins in the industrial archaeological landscape.

 

One of many sections of embankments.

 

The upper and lower levels railway track beds.

 

 

The walls of the giant kilns (ovens) used to roast the ore before transportation to the iron furnaces of Teesside and Middlesbrough by railway.

... and look down into them - with great care!

The stones of the kiln walls are red from the furnace chemistry. You can see the bed of the lower railway track at their foot.

The stones of the kiln walls are red from the furnace chemistry. You can see the bed of the lower railway track at their foot.

 

 

Looking back north along the bed of the old mineral railway line you can climb up above the great iron-ore roasting kilns.

From the top of the south-east kilns you can see the upper and lower railway embankments on the east side of Rosedale.

 

Last shot of the kilns.

 

 

The ghostly remains of the mining buildings, like some ruinous medieval castle!, before heading along on the old railway 'path' round to Blakey Ridge and perhaps call in at the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge, a pub that goes back to the 16th century.

 

Once an entrance arch to one of the mine tunnel and galleries

 

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You can include the kilns-furnaces on a circular walk from Rosedale Abbey village and half-way round you can call at the Dale Head Farm tea garden for refreshments e.g. drinks and snacks - Yorkshire cakes teas and coffees. You can descend to from the old railway track on the north side of Rosedale.

 

The only waterfall I know in Rosedale! On ??? Lane

 

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A disused airshaft.

 

The ruinous remnants of mining buildings and loading staithes (loading bays) above Hill Cottages on the south-east side of Rosedale.

The kilns or loading bays? above Hill Cottages on the south-east side of Rosedale

This ends the section east side of Rosedale.

Rosedale Abbey Village

You ascend the road up out of Rosedale Abbey to pick up the railway track to return to Blakey Ridge car park.

Near Rosedale Bank Top are the remains of the kilns that roasted iron ore

Near Rosedale Bank Top are the remains of the kilns (picture below) that roasted iron ore to drive off water and carbon dioxide gas to concentrate the iron-ore before transportation to the Teesside-Middlesbrough blast furnaces. The remains of the kilns are near the top of the 'Rosedale Chimney', a very steep road up from Rosedale Abbey.

 

I usually set off on the western side of Rosedale to go round in an anti-clockwise direction and on the way you can see across to the iron-ore kilns

I usually set off on the western side of Rosedale to go round in a clockwise direction and on the way you can see across to the iron-ore kilns (more on these see further up the page).

 

The old railway track above Rosedale near where few stones and shafts remain from the old ironstone mines.

 

There are several old mine shafts close to the paths ...

There are several old mine shafts close to the paths (ex old ironstone railway track) and look down into them - with great care! This one is from Sheriff's Pit (see more pictures below). These pictures (above and below) are from 2007.

 

... and the ruins of old mining buildings stand lonely and forlorn like the remains of a devastated medieval castle.

... and more ruins of old mining buildings stand lonely and forlorn, again like the remains of a devastated medieval castle!

 

More recent pictures of the disused Sheriff's Pit (March 2011), the deep shaft is well fenced off (on the far right), and no wonder. Sheriff's Pit was a drift mine but the ironstone ore was lifted to the surface up this shaft, which is close to the west side railway line when it would have been taken to the calcing ovens at Rosedale Chimney Bank Top.

The same 'mining' scenes in Rosedale in 2018

To the east of Sheriff's Pit, is a 'Pile of Stones' (marked on OS map at 703963) and further west down in Rosedale itself is the small hamlet of Thorgill which would have been a place the Rosedale ironstone miners lived in.

 

'memorial' to the miners of Rosedale  'memorial' to the miners of Rosedale

There is a 'memorial' to the miners of Rosedale.

 

The inscriptions on either side of the bench are ...

In the dark, working hard, loading up the wooden cart

In the dark, working hard, loading up the wooden cart,

Work-shift over, in the sun, on the hill, having fun

Work-shift over, in the sun, on the hill, having fun.

An appropriate way to end this page - a homage to all miners

See also Rosedale Village and Environs

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