an in depth history
Rosedale's long moorland valley follows the route of the river Severn. The
valley formerly renowned for it's ironstone mining in the 12th
Centuries, still has traces of the old mines which have managed to survive in
the form of 16 arches, seen spectacularly from one side of the valley, known as
the East mines.
The old railway track which took the ore north wards to Cleveland is now an
excellent walk showing local scenery at it's best and contains many tumuli and
relics. A substantial stretch of the track forms part of the Lyke Wake Walk.
Rosedale Chimney, Yorkshire's steepest highway, provides a 1 in 3 scenic drive,
taking its name from a chimney, which until 1972 stood close to the top of the
hill and formed part of the mines. A full days walking can be enjoyed round the
valley on the old track bed to the East mines.
Rosedale is made up of three communities, the nearest, two miles away, being
Rosedale Abbey, a small village built in the reign of Henry VII around the
Cistercian Nunnery, founded in 1190, the remnants of which were used to
construct the present day Victorian village church, which stands on the site of
the original chapel.
To the West of Rosedale lay Farndale and Bransdale. Farndale, famous for it's
daffodils in the spring, is also one of the most beautiful Dales in the
National Park. Bransdale, a remote valley with a wild charm of it's own,
provides a distinct change of scenery, all within easy reach whether you prefer
the rigors of hiking, or a more leisurely drive.
The area surrounding August Guest House hosts an abundance of wildlife and
foliage. On moorland and in nearby pine forests. There are numerous nature
trails, riverbanks, and roman roads, taking in many changes of scenery. An
ideal place to take stunning photographs
The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway provides a scenic journey across 18
miles of beautiful countryside. For the more energetic there are swimming
pools, riding, golf, and fishing.
The area offers many historic houses, Castles, Abbeys and Roman Camps. There
are Folk Museums, Flamingo land Zoo and Pleasure Park, or a trip back to the
40's at Eden Camp, all just minutes away, situated between nearby market towns
and unspoilt villages.
The City of York with it's magnificent Minster, historic buildings and
cobbled streets, museums, races, river boats and journey back through time at
the Viking Centre, together with excellent eating and entertainment facilities,
provides a memorable visit.
For those requiring a trip to the coast, Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington
are all within easy reach, also miles of sandy beaches and unspoilt coves and
fishing villages. The towns themselves have numerous attractions for all ages.