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Rosedale spread out before us
Rosedale spread out before us

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Route No. 438 - Friday 14 October 2011
Rosedale, Rosedale Abbey,
Northdale circuit - 10km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North york moors Western area

A very pleasant variation on the paths through Rosedale from Ray Brown - Thanks again Ray!


Heading towards Pry Hills Wood
Heading towards Pry Hills Wood

Proceeding to a signpost which directed us right
Proceeding to a signpost which directed us right

The Grange farm
The Grange farm

Passing over a duckboard we reached a gate into pasture, proceeding to a signpost which directed us right. With Rosedale spread out before us, we approached, following a double-stile, three gates and a right bend, the Grange farm. Here we curved left on a surfaced lane to drop down to a ford through a pond which hosted geese, ducks, a black swan, and mallard, with guinea fowl nearby.

Having parked by the cattle grid at the corner of Russell's Wood (SE 740958), we set off west down a sloping grassy path which soon curved right towards Pry Hills Wood. Passing through a way-marked pedestrian gate in a stone wall we continued downhill through bracken with the wood to our right and a wall to the left.

Rosedale spread out before us
Rosedale spread out before us

Ford at the Grange farm
Ford at the Grange farm

Guinea fowl at the Grange
Guinea fowl at the Grange
Black swan at the Grange
Black swan at the Grange

Christmas is coming - geese at the Grange
Christmas is coming - geese at the Grange
Rams at the Grange
Rams at the Grange

Turning right after Grange farm
Turning right after Grange farm

Village path signposted Thorgill
Village path signposted Thorgill

We forked left over duckboards
We forked left over duckboards

In 60 metres we took a path on our left sign-posted “Thorgill” and with a play area on our left we proceeded on a surfaced road through the caravan site for 300 metres before following a signpost “Public Footpath Dunn Carr Bridge”. At SE 717966, shortly after a path from a footbridge joined on our left, we forked down left over duckboards. With Thorgill Crag over the valley on our left we continued through pasture before, at SE 712968, dropping down towards a way-marked stile north of Low Thorgill farm. Passing through a farm gate we swung left through pasture to join a path coming up from a footbridge at SE 710968 and then leading gently uphill, eventually marked by some paving.

Soon at a signpost we turned right through a small way-marked gate into a field, home to five fine rams. After four more way-marked farm gates, we approached the main road via an equestrian centre. Turning right for 230 metres along the road (Alder Carr Lane) we continued straight ahead in the village of Rosedale Abbey and then bore left at a grass triangle opposite the Abbey Stores and Tearoom. Rosedale Abbey is not an abbey and arguably no longer a village as it is completely dominated by a caravan site; five centuries ago there was a priory on the site which now accommodates the church.

Branch left opposite the Abbey Stores and Tearoom
Branch left opposite the Abbey Stores and Tearoom

At SE 717966 we continued straight ahead
At SE717966 we continued straight ahead

Path eventually marked by some paving
Path eventually marked by some paving

Thorgill Crag
Thorgill Crag

Hill Cottages built for ironstone miners
Hill Cottages built for ironstone miners

Entering Knottside Plantation
Entering Knottside Plantation

West Northdale farm
West Northdale farm

Turning abrupt right at West Northdale farm
Turning abrupt right at West Northdale farm

After two further way-marked farm gates we reached a pair of gates a few metres apart and entered Knottside Plantation where a steep but fairly short climb took us to the road running atop the tongue separating Rosedale from North Dale. Crossing the road we bore left on to a track running down towards West Northdale farm where, as we turned sharp right we admired a four-horned Jacob ram. After dropping down to cross Northdale Beck we climbed to join a farm track some 200 metres north of Northdale farm and immediately passed through a farm gate into pasture on our left.

Some 0.5 km further on we turned right into a road running through Hill Cottages: the dual row of small terrace houses originally built for ironstone miners. Immediately beyond Hill Cottages a signpost on our left, “Public Footpath Northdale”, directed us through a small and manageable marsh to a way-marked farm gate. On the way we had seen on our right the other remaining “miners’ row”: School Row (the two other original miners’ rows have been demolished).

School Row cottages built for ironstone miners
School Row cottages built for ironstone miners

North Dale from the Bell Tongue
North Dale from the Bell Tongue

Jacob ram at West Northdale farm
Jacob ram at West Northdale farm

We immediately passed through a farm gate on our left
We immediately passed through a farm gate on our left

Crossing Northdale Beck
Crossing Northdale Beck
Dog who adopted us from Northdale farm
Dog who adopted us from Northdale farm
The next farm gate led onto moorland from where the route back to the car was fairly clear and direct but about 3 km in length. At first the path had been badly rutted by a motorcycle but a lighter note was supplied by a friendly collie who, after rushing up from behind, adopted us and stayed until we finally drove away. The dog amused itself by casually chasing sheep without worrying them and rolling in the heather, possibly troubled by fleas. Our route crossed a road at SE 737968, and continued through heather to SE 739965 where we joined the road to the car. Total ascent/descent was 830 feet - Ray Brown
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