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Rosedale Walking Festival

June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Now in its sixth year, the festival, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire, will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.

An ‘ale trail’ exploring the rich history of brewing in the area will be a highlight of this year’s annual Rosedale Walking Festival.

Festival participants can also choose from a selection of other walks over the weekend, including following in the footsteps of ancient traders and monks, a meander round the local teashops, and a wildlife walk.

Four of the walks are free (with a collection taken on completion of the walk for festival funds). The teashop walk costs £15 (which includes refreshments and lunch at various tea rooms along the route); A Walk in the Land of Iron, Steam and Silence costs £4; the Nordic Walking event is £5 (which includes pole hire). Children take part for free. Advance booking is advisable.

Saturday 23 June

  • Teashop Walk: A seven-mile easy-to-moderate walk with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom – and visiting three teashops en route! Starts 10am on the village green, returning approximately 5pm.
  • Ale Trail: A five-mile walk exploring Rosedale’s rich heritage via the locations of old beer houses, brewing sites and inns, with tales of murder, ghosts, illicit trade and smuggling – and ending at the village’s two pubs for refreshments. Meet 12.30pm at the White Horse Farm Inn for a 1pm departure.
  • Exploring Rosedale’s wildlife habitats: Led by Rosedale’s Updale Natural History Recorder, this walk will go through the valley to Thorgill and up onto the moor recording wildlife encountered on the way. Meet at 10pm on the village green; return approximately 4pm.

Sunday 24 June

  • A Walk in the Land of Iron, Steam and Silence: Led by Rosedale History Society and featuring seldom-seen archive photographs and press reports, this walk takes in various landmarks of the 70-year-long ironstone mining boom in Rosedale in the 19th century, and the railway which operated from the 1860s to the 1920s. Meet at 1.30pm at the village green; returns around 6pm.
  • In Search of Andy Goldsworthy: A slow five-mile ramble to view two installations by the internationally-renowned environmental artist. Leaving from the Milburn Arms around 10.45am, the walk will take four to five hours. A couple of short, sharp hills; plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the view, take photographs or sketch.
  • Nordic Walking: An informal and fun session led by trained Nordic walking instructor Jill Allen for those new to the technique – meet at Chimney Bank car park at 9.45am, where poles will be measured and allocated. The training will last 60 to 90 minutes. All elements of the correct technique and other exercise activities with poles will be explained fully.
  • Discover an ancient pannier track/monk trod: walk in the steps of our ancestors –many made their way to religious sites, often carrying coffins, while traders transported their goods inland via Rosedale. A gentle, circular two-hour walk, beginning and ending at the Millennium Stone car park on the Castleton road at the Fryupdale turn-off. Meet at 10am.

Walkers can turn up on the day, but numbers are limited. To book tickets in advance, please call 01751 417505 or email walkrosedale@outlook.com


June 23, 2018
June 24, 2018
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