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Path along the old ironstone railway around Rosedale
Path along the old ironstone railway around Rosedale

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Route No. 538 - Thursday 3 April 2014
Rosedale Abbey, Anna Cross, Ironstone Railway,
Thorgill, River Seven circuit - 10km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


The village green in Rosedale Abbey
The village green in Rosedale Abbey

Heading up Gill Lane from Bow Bridge
Heading up Gill Lane from Bow Bridge

Climbing up the fields to the Daleside Road
Climbing up the fields to the Daleside Road

We parked in Rosedale Abbey at map ref. SE725960 behind the Milburn Arms Hotel. From the car park we walked down to the village green and crossed Bow Bridge over the River Seven. From the bridge we followed Gill Lane towards Rosedale Chimney Bank, but at the first left hand bend in Gill Lane we turned off the road to follow a public footpath along the side of a private house to a path climbing up the field for about 250m to the Daleside Road at map ref. SE722955.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the village of Rosedale Abbey, in Rosedale in the North York Moors national park. it was a misty morning but we hoped the mist would lift to give a clear day. Sadly that did not happen. The polluted air that has been hanging over the south of England for the last few days had spread northwards and the mist hung around all day and completely obscured the lovely views of Rosedale that we had come to see.

Turning off Gill Lane along the side of a house
Turning off Gill Lane along the side of a house

Joining the Daleside Road at the top of the field
Joining the Daleside Road at the top of the field

The Daleside Road heading for Rosedale Chimney Bank
The Daleside Road heading for Rosedale Chimney Bank

View across Rosedale from the track
View across Rosedale from the track

Following the access track down the valley
Following the access track down the valley

After about 1km we turned right off the access track at map ref. SE728947 through a field gate, at the start of a left hand bend in the track.

At the Daleside Road we turned left and followed the road for about 150m to cross Rosedale Chimney Bank and walk along the access track past the White Horse Hotel following the valley downstream high above the River Seven.

Starting along the track in front of the White Horse Hotel
Starting along the track in front of the White Horse Hotel

Following the access track down the valley
Following the access track down the valley

Following the access track down the valley
Following the access track down the valley

Our turning off the access track
Our turning off the access track

Climbing up from the track to the gate to the old mine workings
Climbing up from the track to the gate to the old mine workings

Path through the old mine workings
Path through the old mine workings

Here we crossed a small stream and then followed a path climbing up through the old mine workings. There should have been some good views of Rosedale from here but all we saw was thick mist. After about 300m of steep climbing we left the mine workings behind and the gradient across the open moor became much less steep.

From the field gate we followed a grassy track up the hillside to another gate at the top of the field. This gate opened on to the heather moor where there were a few Swaledale ewes grazing. This is an area of old disused mine workings. We turned left to follow the field boundary for about 150m to a gate where the farmer has put up a sign directing walkers coming down off the moor.

Gate to the moor & the old mine workings
Gate to the moor & the old mine workings

Boundary stone by the path
Boundary stone by the path

Approaching the top of the old mine workings
Approaching the top of the old mine workings

Path across the misty moorland
Path across the misty moorland

Arriving at the track near Anna Cross
Arriving at the track near Anna Cross

A check with the compass showed the path was heading directly for Anna Cross so we followed it across the open access land of the moor. After about 500m across the moor from the top of the old mine workings we came to the moorland track next to Anna Cross.

We continued on a well defined narrow path and did not notice and turnings off it but the path was heading to the right of the public footpath shown on the OS map.

Path across the misty moorland
Path across the misty moorland

Walkers at Anna Cross
Walkers at Anna Cross

Our lunch stop at Anna Cross
Our lunch stop at Anna Cross

Leaving Anna Cross for Rosedale Chimney Bank
Leaving Anna Cross for Rosedale Chimney Bank

Arriving at the top of Rosedale Chimney Bank
Arriving at the top of Rosedale Chimney Bank

We sat on the plinth of the cross for a drink and a sandwich. After our break we retraced our steps to the track and continued along the track for about 700m to the road at the top of Rosedale Chimney Bank, map ref. SE720945. Again there should have been a lovely view of Rosedale from here but still there was just thick mist.

The cross was about 100m away and we could just see a group of people there. We followed the track through the mist to the cross (map ref. SE724938) and found four men about our age (pretty ancient) who had walked up from Lastingham. After a few pleasantries they continued on their way.

Track from Anna Cross heading for Rosedale Chimney Bank
Track from Anna Cross heading for Rosedale Chimney Bank

Car park at the Rosedale Chimney Bank view point
Car park at the Rosedale Chimney Bank view point

Buildings below the old ironstone railway path near Rosedale Chimney Bank
Buildings below the old ironstone railway path near Rosedale Chimney Bank

Path along the old ironstone railway
Path along the old ironstone railway

Carved stone upright at the end of the view point bench
Carved stone upright at the end of the view point bench

We continued to follow the railway path past a substantial bench with carved stone uprights and a very sold wooden seat place by the path at a view point looking down Rosedale (but not today, just thick mist).

We crossed the road and started to walk along the bed of the old ironstone railway. After about 600m the railway bent around to our left and through the mist we could see a large building below us to the right of the railway path.

Path along the old ironstone railway
Path along the old ironstone railway

Bench seat at a view point along the railway path
Bench seat at a view point along the railway path

Looking down Rosedale from the view point seat by the railway path
Looking down Rosedale from the view point seat by the railway path

Turning off the railway path to head down to Thor Gill
Turning off the railway path to head down to Thor Gill

Our path encircled this prominent cairn
Our path encircled this prominent cairn

Path down to Thor Gill
Path down to Thor Gill

We picked out way around the hillside with a large cairn visible on our left as we encircled it to map ref. SE705959 where we met a path coming down the valley.

About 400m beyond the bench at map ref. SE709957 we turned off the railway path. We turned on to an old access track heading down the hillside into the valley of the stream called Thor Gill.

The turning was marked by this damaged cairn
The turning was marked by this damaged cairn

Path down to Thor Gill
Path down to Thor Gill

Joining the path down the valley to Thorgill vaillage
Joining the path down the valley to Thorgill village

Path down the valley towards Thorgill village
Path down the valley towards Thorgill village

Ruined farmstead by the path
Ruined farmstead by the path

Approaching Thorgill village
Approaching Thorgill village

Joining the road in Thorgill village
Joining the road in Thorgill village

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 100m to the access track to Thorgill Farm on the left.

Here we turned right to follow the muddy path down the valley for about 500m to the road in the village of Thorgill at map ref. SE709964.

Path down the valley towards Thorgill village
Path down the valley towards Thorgill village

Heading for the road in Thorgill village
Heading for the road in Thorgill village

Looking down Rosedale from the road in Thorgill
Looking down Rosedale from the road in Thorgill

Texel ewes almost ready to lamb at Thorgill Farm
Texel ewes almost ready to lamb at Thorgill Farm

Leaving the road to the Thorgill farm access track
Leaving the road to the Thorgill farm access track

A corner of the yard at Thorgill Farm
A corner of the yard at Thorgill Farm

We paused for a few moments to chat to the lady and her small son before continuing through the farmyard and down across the field to a footbridge over the River Seven. It was a little clearer here in the valley bottom but still there was a heavy bank of low cloud just above us.

We walked along the farm access track, through the farm where the farmer was checking some ewes in an open barn with his wife and young son looking on.

Access track to Thorgill Farm
Access track to Thorgill Farm

Footbridge over the River Seven at Thorgill Farm
Footbridge over the River Seven at Thorgill Farm

Track heading downstream above the River Seven
Track heading downstream above the River Seven

Path heading down the valley towards Rosedale Abbey
Path heading down the valley towards Rosedale Abbey

We continued along this path for about 1.2km to the edge of a large caravan site in the valley bottom near Rosedale Abbey village.

Once over the footbridge we turned right to follow a public footpath along a farm access track heading down the valley with the River Seven below us to our right.


Path heading down the valley towards Rosedale Abbey
Path heading down the valley towards Rosedale Abbey

Track heading down the valley by the River Seven towards Rosedale Abbey
Track heading down the valley by the River Seven towards Rosedale Abbey

Entering the large caravan site near Rosedale Abbey
Entering the large caravan site near Rosedale Abbey

Footpath turning off the caravan site road
Footpath turning off the caravan site road

At the road we turned right and followed the road through Rosedale Abbey village back to the village green and retraced our steps to the car park and the end of our walk. We called in the cafe on the village green (Graze on the Green) for a large coffee and an excellent bacon sandwich just to round off the day.

We followed the path through the caravan site along the site access road for about 250m to map ref. SE722959. Here we turned left off the caravan site road to a grassy path leading out to the public road opposite a church.

Access road through the caravan site
Access road through the caravan site

Leaving the caravan site in Rosedale Abbey
Leaving the caravan site in Rosedale Abbey

Heading for the village green in Rosedale Abbey at the end of our walk
Heading for the village green in Rosedale Abbey at the end of our walk

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