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#45824 - 22/03/09 09:17 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Originally Posted By: Gregg
After the Lion Inn, there is the Rosedale loop. Now that's a proper railway walk, complete with old iron works, brick worker housing, bridges, all in ruins. Oh, and lots of grand views.
Makes a great extra day on the C2C or stop at Rosedale instead of the Lion Inn, then on to Grosmont.


For those interested in history there are some fascinating photographs on
www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/r/rosedale/index.shtml .

or www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/r/rosedale/index.shtml .

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#45825 - 22/03/09 10:02 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Fascinating write up & photos LL, it's amazing how this area developed and used by the railways. Today, the area is quiet /tranquil and it's hard to imagine how much activity was carried out there!

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#45826 - 22/03/09 03:50 PM Re: Railway Walks---Rosedale loop [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Thank you for posting these things about the brickworks and mines of the Rosedale area loop. As you might know, I am a student of the landscape, and I find this very interesting.
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#45834 - 22/03/09 08:30 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: bogstomper]
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Originally Posted By: bogstomper
Fascinating write up & photos LL, it's amazing how this area developed and used by the railways. Today, the area is quiet /tranquil and it's hard to imagine how much activity was carried out there!


Yes, and similarily this time next century those surviving in these islands will walk along long quiet, tranquil strips of overgrown tarmac finding it hard to imagine the hustle and bustle of todays motorways.

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#45844 - 23/03/09 12:03 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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the loop at the head of Rosedale
the last time we were up there the cuttings were getting very water logged, but be very carful on the moors round there we were coming down a track into North dale and i felt my self falling down a hole, with automatic nervous reaction, i threw myself sideway's and landed on solid ground. had no idea how deep the hole may have been, i think it may have been a mine shaft , but before then i always thought that the mines on the north york moors were bell mines
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#45874 - 24/03/09 05:56 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Dolgellau to Barmouth last week.
Around Redruth next week.


A Cornish 'Coast To Coast' last night - and just 12 miles, so just right for a morning. See it in BBC IPlayer, if you're in the UK.

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#46019 - 30/03/09 10:51 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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LL,that's fascinating,
thanks for posting. I thought the link was dead then realised it was missing the first bit - this should work as a link okay:
http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/r/rosedale/index.shtml
cheers - good link!
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#46020 - 30/03/09 10:54 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: lightweightmick]
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That is one incline!
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#46082 - 02/04/09 01:53 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: lightweightmick]
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More on the Rosedale loop

Two years ago, I walked the Rosedale railway as an alternative route on the C2C. South of the Lion Inn, I dropped down off the road and followed the disused railway bed for several miles. I could see the old kilns and other brick structures on the old railway track on the east side of Rosedale. After several miles, there is then a path that drops sharply down to the valley floor and cuts across fields and stream to the Daleside road (the eastern rail bed is now above me). I walked towards Rosedale Abbey until I reached August Guest House, my stop for the night. Its only a mile walk into Rosedale Abbey and dinner at the Coach Inn. Michael, my b&b host, brings me back.

The next morning, I'm planning to hook up with the C2C above Rosedale Head, so Michael gives me xeroxed directions to get onto the eastern railway bed and a description of the mining remains on the track. He also tells me how to recognize the path off into the moors (from Rosedale Head) which leads me to the road where I can rejoin the C2C. I soon see the huge kilns that calcified the ironstone, making it lighter and easier to transport. This is an absolutely grand walk, both for the ruins along the track and the wonderful views of Rosedale, seeing the Lion Inn first, from the south and, eventually from the north. The track gets fairly gnarley in places, but I spy the path onto the moors. Out of curiosity, I follow the rail bed another half mile, then back to the moors path. Its a fairly steep climb up to the road, then left a short distance to meet the C2C leading to Great Fryup and on to Glaisdale for my next b&b.

I suppose you can keep following the railway bed around Rosedale Head to where the Lion Inn is located, but it will definitely be dicey and may be impassable in places. I just felt fortunate to have walked on the railway as much as I did. It was a great experience.

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#46278 - 13/04/09 02:04 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Gregg]
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Julia's in North Britain again for the last in her series, at 8pm tonight on BBC2.

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