Rosedale Railway

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A gentle circular walk which follows part of the route of the old Rosedale Railway. Walking close to the upper edge of the dale, this walk provides an abundance of views.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors


Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub
5/25/2013 - Sean Diver

I combined this route with another from the AA website and a bit of improvisation; started at Thorgill followed the Daleside Road Track to Moorlands Farm, turned right, followed the road to Dale End Farm and turned right up a path which met the old railway line, then followed this to Hill Cottages and carried on the same direction on paths back to Thorgill, the route was easy to follow, it's on good terrain (I wore walking trainers and had no problems), it was 5.5 miles in length and took 3 hours, excellent scenery throughout the walk.

4/12/2009 - John Megoran

I did this walk recently 6.4.09 starting at the Lion Inn Car park and following the signs to the railway. I was using the walk description and an OS 1.2500map. At the end of the walk there was some confusion as the description refers to Hollin Bush Farm where as the route actually takes you via Moorlands Farm, which is marked but not named on the OS 1.50000 but is the first one you come to. We continued to Hollin Bush Farm then followed the marked track to Dale Head Farm and then followed the path back to the railway and the Car park. Had I printed the map I would not have made this error. The track log for this reads 11.6Km and the climb back up the west side of the dale is 207m in a distance of 2.6Km.

10/8/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Apologies to all. We have updated the grade and the height gain for this walk now.

10/5/2008 - TONY PARRY

This walk is not a gentle walk and the climb is not 30m more like 100m because there is a steep climb near the end of the walk.

9/21/2007 - John Pegler

6 km ? Me thinks not - much longer - more like 6 miles. Nice walk all the same - thanks. John P.

5/29/2006 - Margaret Siddons

23/05/06-Margo Siddons: Not an 'easy walk'. After rain extremely wet and deep mud in large areas. We got caught in heavy rain/hailstones. Essential to have good footwear and gear, distance not correct for short walk (measured 4.35 miles). Be prepared on 'short walk' for strenuous return on rough terrain, important to prepare walking companions in advance and know their limitations. Extreme care needed.

2/6/2005 - Martin Smith

This walk is not gentle, if it has rained recently expect deep mud and difficult swampy terrain on the railway cuttings at the head of the dale, this may be due to recent subsidence. Also expect sheer 50ft drops off the sides of some of the embankments not very safe for children. If you take the short cut at point 3 expect very steep and slippery downward terrain. I measured this walk as 3.75 miles when taking the short cut. Be careful - full walking gear is required for this walk.

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