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Rosedale Walking Festival

24th - 25th June 2017. You can just turn up on the day but numbers are limited. To secure a place by advance purchase contact 01751 417505 or email walkrosedale@outlook.com. For very the latest news about the festival, please see our Facebook page.

Walk 1: Tea Shop Walk - Saturday 24th June 2017

Starting 10.00am at the old Bakery Graze on the Green. Return approx 5pm.

The walk, led by Ian Thompson, is easy to moderate with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom incorporating not one but three tea shops!

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000 map SW 724 958.

Approximately 9 mile/14kms and 7 hours duration.

Cost £12 - Includes all drinks and food as detailed below.

Rendezvous at The Abbey Tea Shop at 10am for coffee and biscuits, sandwich and savoury lunch at Dale Head tea Gardens concluding with a cup of tea and a cake at Graze on The Green

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

Easy to moderate with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom incorporating not one but three tea shops!

Heading along the bottom of the valley with a climb up through Thorgill on to the old railway track, then a descent from Blakey Ridge for lunch at Dale Head Tea Garden, returning back via the east side railway track and Hill Cottages.

Walk 2: Nordic Walking I - Saturday 24th June 2017

Meet at Chimney Bank car park at 9.45am where poles will be measured and allocated.

This walk will be for those new to Nordic Walking and wanting to learn the technique and benefits of this more challenging method of walking with poles.

Nordic Walking Instructor Jill Allen is leading the walk.

The training will take place along the Blakey Ridge track lasting 1hr to 1.5 hrs. Returning to the cars at 11.30am. All elements of the correct Nordic Walking technique and other exercise activities with poles will be explained fully.

This will be an informal and fun session.

An average level of fitness will be required.

Not suitable for children under 12 yrs.

No dogs.

Nordic poles will be provided for the session.

Comfortable footwear (eg. trainers) would be better than walking boots for this session.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Cost £5 per person including pole hire.

Walk 3: Nordic Walking II - Saturday 24th June 2017

Meet at Rosedale Abbey in the Priory Field (behind the church) at 1.45pm where poles will be measured and allocated.

This walk will be for those already familiar with Nordic walking or those who participated in the morning training session (Walk 3, see above). Nordic Walking Instructor Jill Allen is leading the walk.

The walk will begin at 2pm and take us via the monk trods to Rosedale East and then a short climb through Clough Farmyard to the old ironstone railway track towards Maggie’s Tearoom where we will have a short rest, refreshments are available. From there we will follow the narrow tarmac road to Hilltop Cottages and back to Rosedale Abbey by approx. 5pm.

This walk requires an average to good level of fitness.

Distance is approx. 5 miles.

It will be an informal and fun session.

An average level of fitness will be required.

Not suitable for children under 12 yrs.

No dogs.

Nordic poles will be provided for the session.

Walking shoes would be better than walking boots for this session to allow ankle flexibility. There may be some mud in places. There is a gentle climb.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Cost £5 per person including pole hire.

This will be a very varied walk using alternative Nordic walking methods and exercises using poles. There will be some surprises too!

Walk 4: A walk in the Land of Iron - Sunday 25th June 2017

Rosedale’s Ironstone Mining Story, 1860s–1920s. Starting 1.00p.m at the Updale Reading Room (Village Hall) returning approx 5.00 pm.

The Land of Iron walk is led by Rosedale History Society, with seldom seen archive photographs and press reports.

Parking opposite the Reading Room situated about 1.5 miles outside Rosedale Abbey and signposted “Village Hall” off the Castleton road.

OS Outdoor Leisure 26 1:25,000, grid reference SE713 975. Post code YO18 8RQ.

Approximately 6 miles/10kms and 4 hours + duration. Mostly easy to moderate walking, but with some slopes and rough ground.

Cost £4 per adult. Children Free.

Accompanied children over 11 years and dogs on leads welcome.

WALKING BOOTS AND WATERPROOFS ESSENTIAL. Don’t forget your camera and please bring a bottle of water!

Lunches are available in Rosedale Abbey.

We meet at The Updale Reading Room and will then walk past Hill Cottages, built for the miners and their families during the early part of the 70-year ironstone mining boom here in Rosedale. Up onto the mining levels we will see some of the most spectacular views in the National Park. We will walk along the old railway which loops around the dale and see, in detail, the remains of unique sets of ironstone ore kilns which still dominate the landscape. As we go, our archive photographs will help bring the past to life. You will hear stories of the miners, their families in this once-isolated dale and imagine life as it was 150 years ago.

Walk 5: In search of Andy Goldsworthy - Sunday 25th June 2017

Meet at the Milburn Arms for 10.45-11am departure returning between 3-4pm.

Long slow amble up Northdale to visit two Sculptures. A couple of short, sharp hills, but with plently of opportunities to stop and enjoy the view.

Camera's and sketch books welcome as time will be taken to enjoy the landscape.

Good footwear essential.

Dogs welcome on leads. Children over 12.

A collection will be taken up after the walk for Festival Funds.

Walk 6: Little Boots - For Children - Sunday 25th June 2017

The start and finish of the walk will be Rosedale Abbey School yard and will commence at 2pm.

Lead by Rosedale Abbey School and aimed primarily at children up to eleven years old but all are welcome.

Join us on a Faerie Folk Trail, on a hunt for clues left by Fairies, Pixies and Elves, leading to the inevitable pot of gold.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £1 per child.

More walks to be announced. Sign up to our email list for news: walkrosedale@outlook.com.