Rosedale Ironworks

On my latest adventure I stumbled across a pretty impressive landmark in the Moors. I never knew it existed, nor had I been around that area before. I had also never heard of Rosedale Chimney Bank which is rated one of the most dangerous roads in the UK... a road you NEVER want to go down in wintry conditions! It is pretty famous in the cycling world, with every man and their dogs wanting to conquer the 33% incline. Thankfully I went down the bank, rather than up it...

Along with the very photogenic sheep (from my last post) at Rosedale Bank, there was an incredible view. It was an overcast day, and it was warm(ish) at home but when I got to the top of the bank, by George was it cold! 

To my amazement there was a terrace of cottages just below Rosedale Ironworks, presumably former mining cottages, and I could not help but think how dreadful the weather conditions must have been during Snowmaggedon! 

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As I walked around the corner of the car park, I was not expecting to see what was before me. I found it mesmerising, and quite eery. Maybe it was the fact that it was deserted, and misty. Me being me, was very tempted to take a look at the Ironworks chimney from underneath, but noticed all the crumbling rocks so decided to sensibly stand from a distance. Did not really want to be impaled with rocks in the middle of the moors...

So, according to the information board in the car park, Rosedale Bank was the home of the ironworks and railway in the 1850s. Flourishing for a few generations, the iron mining community soon came to an end, with it now being a tourist attraction in the North York Moors. Sadly, the majority of mining cottages, sheds and anything ironstone related was either demolished or left abandoned leading to ruins, much like the chimneys of the kilns you see here. The railway line was removed, and replaced by a gravelled (or partly gravelled) 9-mile walk around the upper level of the valley. 

I only walked a short distance of the beginning of the walk, so I did not get the chance of seeing the Hollins Mine and the East Mine remains which look amazing :(

Despite being utterly cold and windy, it was such a lovely surprise to stumble across such an iconic landmark and learn of more history of the North York Moors that I never knew existed! 

Thank you to my trusty adventure senses that instinctively took me down a back road to this beauty! I can only imagine how it would look like in sunshine and bright blue skies, with the steam train Choo-chooing in the distance.....

- MM x