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Rosedale and the surrounding area of the North York Moors is a post-industrial landscape created by ironstone mining since Medieval times. Visiting Rosedale today, it’s hard to imagine that it spent the seventy years between the 1850s and 1920s as a bustling, sooty and noisy hive of industrial activity, home to nearly 5,000 miners.
Mining stopped in the 1920s, but many industrial ruins can still clearly be seen, and visited, throughout the valley including the curved arches of the calcining kilns - originally used to roast the ironstone and extract the ore. A reconstruction of the drift mine in Rosedale can be seen in the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton-le-Hole. It is also possible to follow the spectacularly scenic route of the old ironstone railway on foot. For more information you can visit the Rosedale History Society website.
Nowadays it’s home to a lively, diverse and expanding community set in the heart of some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Shaped by over a thousand years of hard working Yorkshire hill farmers Rosedale Abbey is almost smack bang in the middle of the North York Moors National Park; there’s easy access to Pickering and the East Coast and throughout the summer months there’s even a Moors Bus service to help you get hither and thither.
Rosedale is perfect for peace and quiet, beauty, fresh air, great walking, good food, culture and more history than you can shake a stick at, plus it’s chock full of 21st century life.
Visit the RosedaleAbbey.com website for more information on Rosedale.