Rosedale is a picturesque valley located in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. Rosedale village is located roughly half way up the total length of the valley and is complemented by a whole string of farms and hamlets spanning off from the village in each direction. The properties within Rosedale village itself are of mainly a Victorian design.
Rosedale village was once home to an abbey, named Rosedale Abbey. All that remains of the abbey in modern times is a few stones and a column behind the church. The abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.
Rosedale is very popular with walkers and is probably best known for the mining of iron ore in the 19th century. The iron ore was required to feed the industrial revolution that was happening in Teeside and other industrial centres around the UK. Rosedale still exhibits many reminders of the lost industry. Looking around the whole of the upper end of the dale you will clearly see many remains of the mines, kilns, furnaces, smelting works and chimneys. The flat base of a semi-circular robbed-out railway line that stretched around the side of the valley can also be clearly seen and it is still possible to walk around its entire length. While some of the terraced-style mining cottages are ruins many other cottages still exist and are lived in to this very day. These cottages are mainly located outside of the village and towards the upper end of the valley.
Getting to Rosedale from Pickering (10 miles away) is a relatively flat route but all the other access routes to Rosedale are extremely steep. In particular the road from Hutton le Hole to Rosedale goes via the infamous Rosedale Chimney Bank. There's a long running debate as to whether Rosedale Chimney Bank or Hardknott Pass in the Lake District is the steepest road in England. Rosedale Chimney Bank, as well as being extremely steep, contains two hair-pin bends that immediately follow each other and while it is not too bad to navigate in summer if you are careful it is extremely dangerous in Winter especially if it is snowy or icy.
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