3. Rosedale Railway Walk

Rosedale Railway Walk is a gentle day tour in the North York Moors. The subtle beauty will leave you breathless. Today, it looks like your typical beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Rosedale used to be a bustling centre for processing and mining iron 150 years ago at the start of the industrial revolution. It was no easy feat to build, and was integral for the workforce that mined the ores and kept the kilns alight. You can still see the remains of the town that once had an important role in keeping the area well-equipped. Rosedale’s historical railways were turned into a very relaxed eight-mile circuit trail and takes about five hours to complete.

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Rosedale Bank Top in the North York Moors National Park. Photo credit: Ebor Images/NYMPA

Take a full day to enjoy the Rosedale Railway walk

My advice is to give yourself the day to enjoy the Rosedale Railway trail properly. The walk itself follows the lower part of the old railway, taking you through old farmlands. You’ll discover the ruins of those iron mines and kilns that stood the test of time on the line above. Look for plenty of gates and a stile to ensure you’re on the right path. It’s difficult to get lost in this section of the North York Moors. It’s laid on flat terrain and perfect for immersing yourself in its history. On top of that, you’ll find authentic tea rooms just in time for tea and cake breaks.

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