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Rosedale East

Ten miles from Pickering is the village of Rosedale Abbey. There is no Abbey just a rather nice parish church which I once visited for Sunday Spires a few years back. There is a pub and a campsite and super riverside cafe selling cream teas. Stock up because we are going exploring. 1 1/2 miles out of Rosedale Abbey on the road to Castleton is a sharp left turn to Upton, otherwise known as Rosedale East.

Pretty and peaceful, the Dale spreads out in front of you. But look closely, because that is not a natural view. Once upon a time this valley ( Dale) was once completely forested. Gradually it was cleared for sheep to graze and the wealthy to shoot grouse. The moorland heather and gorse took over. But look again even closer, notice that there appears to be a ridge or road running along the far side. It’s not a road but the remains of a railway which runs right around the Dale. For this was once the hub ofΒ  coal mining and iron works which only stopped production in the 1920’s. Let’s walk.

A few houses remain. This is School Row, now mostly second homes and holiday cottages.

And this is High Row. Again no phone signal here, get stuck and you will need that phone box.

The iron works were very short-lived. This little community went from 558 people in 1851 to 2,839 in 1871,then 1396 in 1901 to 286 in 1961. Each house was occupied by a family and several miners who lodged with them. Everyone else was housed in Rosedale Abbey.

I visited at the end of April, the sun was shining but boy was it windy. Imagine what it must have been like to work there through some really severe winters.

Let’s go on.

This farm stands on the site of what was the iron foreman’s house. The miners had to walk up the track every day past his more luxurious accommodation to go to work. Passing the house on the left the track becomes the old railway line, all that remains of that is a cinder track.

This is what remains of the Coal depot, for this was the end of the railway which transported iron up to North East.

Walking along the top of the Dale now past the Old calcinating Kilns where the iron ore was processed.

The chimney up above is a ventilation shaft for theΒ  coal mines below ground.

Looking back along the way I walked the railway is the lower ridge and the tramway which connected everything is above, by the remains of buildings on the higher level.

Here I paused at the site of a ruined house.

Love the fireplace, and can you imagine the view from the window.

I clambered up to the tramway with numerous rabbits for company to explore the top buildings.

A row of cottages.

Workshops long gone.

Not a bridge to nowhere but the forgotten entrance to a coal mine.

I say a while , just me , the curlews and rabbits. Peaceful and calm. All the noise and busyness gone, but not forgotten. I shall find out more, I am hooked on this place.

So long Rosedale East.

I hope you enjoyed my walk and exploration of quite a different kind of Yorkshire village. And if you ever go yourself, tell the rabbits I sent you.





Comments on: "Rosedale East" (27)

  1. Beautiful countryside. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

  2. That was a lovely walk and so different from around here. I wonder how long the ruins will last – they look so solid and yet I guess bit by bit they’ll weather and disappear.

    • There was an iconic chimney on Rosedale bank west which became unstable and had to be demolished. I am hoping that a way to preserve the remaining ruins will be found. Time will tell!

  3. Lets hope so and stop places feeling dead, which is how Miss S described a very pretty Oxfordshire village.

  4. Thanks for the tour. Lovely post. I do adore some good ruins to poke about. Shame about the second homes, some places here are like ghost towns out of season, because there are so few people actually living in them.

    • It was quite exciting to explore up there, I really enjoyed it. It’s sad that whole communities are devoid of people for much of the time. Maybe more places will have to go like St Ives.

      • I think they they may well, but the rules only apply to the new builds, so I’m not sure how much it helps, but hopefully it at least it helps younger local people get on the housing ladder.

  5. What a lovely post Cathy, it is so fascinating to think that such a tranquil place was once a bustling hub of industry! Such a beautiful setting too. I really enjoyed tagging along for the walk, thank you 😊

  6. That was fantastic! And I particularly want to live in a house in School Row. And, even better, you say there’s a pub nearby? πŸ™‚

  7. them Yorkshire hills. I wonder if the phone box worked! I love the sound of curlews. πŸ™‚

    • The phone should be working as there is no mobile phone signal up there. It was very bracing. Pleased you enjoyed the walk.

  8. I enjoyed your walk. Its always quite bracing on

  9. I love that you do these Cathy! Your photos and history lesson along with your personal commentary are really a great combination. Thanks for another great visit!

  10. It’s really quite haunting–beautiful, but missing the people. This area has similar sites, not as large, where mining and logging once created bustling towns that are now tiny and remote.

    • I hardly met anyone when i was out walking. There was one chap i had quite a long converstaion with in a red coat. If you look very carefully at the panormic view you can just about see him as a red dot! It’s incredible to think how noisy, busy and vibrantt it was in its heyday.

  11. Lovely to go walking with you to a place so far away that I will never visit. Really interesting account!

  12. Such a beautiful – and very interesting – walk. I find old ruins, particularly industrial ones, so evocative. Those hard lives people lived. Just the reminder we all need about how lucky we are in the 21st century (not everywhere, of course, but very largely) I’d love to come and holiday here and explore these places – perhaps one day πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for walking with me. It was absolutely fascinating. It seemed important to take photos too as the buildings are gradually disappearing and becoming dangerous. I love that the landscape looks so wild and natural but is actually anything but!

  13. A bracing walk, full of history and distant sounds of the ghosts of the past. Glad I stocked up with a hearty pub lunch before setting off! Now back for a cream tea I think. Wonderful! Thanks for taking us along.

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