Rosedale Valley circular from Little Blakey

A relatively 'easy' but lengthy North York Moors walk that takes in the railway and mining heritage of the Rosedale valley. The walk also provides some wonderful views of the valley and surrounding moors.

Technical sheet
No. 293067
A Farndale East walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 19/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h45[?]
Distance Distance : 17.64km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 236m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 236m
Highest point Highest point : 372m
Lowest point Lowest point : 136m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Farndale East
Starting point Starting point : N 54.38167° / W 0.94952°
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(D)This walk has that great combination of fantastic views, relatively easy walking and fascinating industrial history. Oh yes, and it starts near to the Lion Inn at Blakey on the C2C route. Park at Little Blakey (grid ref. SE684990) where the dismantled railway from Battersby Junction/incline crosses the Blakey Road. There are information boards here about the railway and the mine working heritage. After parking, take the path down to the old railway, turn right and follow the route all the way to Bank Top (grid ref. SE719951). There are great views into the Rosedale valley and over to the old mine buildings.

(1)After 3.75 miles, and just before the house at Bank Top, follow the track off towards the house then bear off left downhill across the open land towards the corner of a wall/pen and then more steeply downhill through bracken. Continue right along a wall and then turn right over a stile into the golf course. The path is signed to turn left around reception and out onto Daleside Road (grid ref. SE722954). Take the path directly across the road into Rosedale, coming out onto Gill Lane just before the bridge over the River Seven through a passageway alongside a house.

(2)Go left into the village and keep left at the junction in front of the Abbey Stores taking the road past the old school. Take either the first or second path either side of a house and go through to the campsite. Then follow the road and footpath which is signposted to Dunn Carr bridge. At the River Seven take the middle path over board steps, not crossing the river nor going uphill on the right. Follow the path across fields then left down a farm track and follow the River Seven again on your left until you get to another bridge. Once again do not cross the bridge but go off on a part-hidden stone path leading north-west across a field.

(3)The path crosses a couple of fields and eventually becomes a track leading out at Hill Houses on Alders Road. Cross over and take the track up past the farm. Then keep left until you pick up the old railway again, which runs along the edge of the valley. The path is easy to follow all the way back to Blakey and gives plenty of opportunities to admire the view and read the information boards at the old mine workings.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 372m - Little Blakey
1 : km 6.08 - alt. 307m - Bank Top
2 : km 7.24 - alt. 136m - Rosedale
3 : km 9.88 - alt. 213m - Hill Houses
D/A : km 17.64 - alt. 372m - Little Blakey

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 07 Sep 2020 23:46:51 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 06/09/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The walks around Rosedale on the old ironstone railway are always good value for the views and interest.

I walked a slightly shorter variation on this route and in the reverse direction. Starting from the parking I headed north around the head of Rosedale, passing the kilns used to roast the ironstone, down to the row of houses at Hill Cottages (pt 3) and then down the track and across the fields. At the bottom of the fields I vary from the route by crossing the footbridge and taking the left hand path up through Low Thorgill Farm to the road. Turn right and follow the road for a short way to where it bends right. Go straight up the track to the parking for more houses (ignore the first path on the left) and take a second path up onto the moor. Follow the path with a wall on your right to a large rectangular stone. Here the path splits, I took the left hand path up the obvious ridge and depression which then bends to the left. At the top there is a heather covered spoil heap with a cairn on the top. Turn right an take a narrow sheep track through the heather up t the right of the spoil heap. The track becomes better as and brings you to the railway. Turn right and walk past Thorgill head and Sheriff's Pit and back to the parking. (The route could be made shorter again by taking the right hand path after the footbridge up through Thorgill and to Sheriff's Pit. The paths are all good and easy to navigate with an OS map)

If you want view my route it can be found here.

Another alternative which takes in the excellent tea room at Dake Head Farm is here

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