The tiny village of Rosedale Abbey is in the heart of Rosedale, a beautiful North Yorkshire valley of sweeping hillsides and breath-taking scenery.
Today, all that’s left of the 12th century Cistercian Priory that gave the village its name is a stone pillar, staircase and a sundial. In addition, there is a small green with a couple of country pubs and tearooms, a village shop, bakery, gallery and glass studio (see below for more details)
First established in 1158, the small priory was home to nine nuns and a prioress, who was the first to develop commercial sheep farming in the area. The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw the end of the Priory in 1535, which remained intact until the middle of the 19th century when stone was taken for building. The final remnants were used to build the village church on the site of the original chapel.
When in Rosedale you’re welcome to call into the Rosedale studio of Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones to view their contemporary blown glass.Their internationally acclaimed glass is in numerous museum collections including the V&A and in the studio you can the see their Beautiful Bowls as featured on the Priceless Antiques Roadshow.
Mining for iron ore in Rosedale began in medieval times and was commercially developed in the mid-19th century to meet demand from industries on Teesside.
Today, you can still see the stone arches for the kilns, the Sheriff’s Pit, and the place where the railway followed the contours of the hillside. You can spend a whole day walking the old track bed to the East mines. The workings closed in 1929 and the landmark 100ft Rosedale Chimney was finally pulled down in 1972.
There are some interesting photos of the old mine works on the following walker’s web site:
If you look at the attached map, using the map link on the left, you can see the disused mineworkings and dismantled railway track. It’s a fascinating short walk, just 300 yards from The Orange Tree.
More information on walks in Rosedale
There are several other web sites which contain details of walks in this area. Try the following:
Our Local English Country Pubs
Our two local Yorkshire pubs are a favourite with B&B guests, either for a pint or two on your way back from a walk, a pub lunch or evening meal.
The Lion Inn, located on the highest point in the North York Moors, is a 16th-century freehouse offering breathtaking views of the Rosedale and Farndale valleys. The bar is well known for its quality real ales and good food is served all day.
And a little closer to home is The Coach House in Rosedale Village, the White Horse half way up chimney bank and the Blacksmiths in the next village of Hartoft all who we highly recommend.
Rosedale is just one of three beautiful dales in the area.
To the west is Farndale, one of the most picturesque dales in the North York Moors National Park. Its stunning daffodils are a must if you visit The Orange Tree in Spring.
Nearby Bransdale is equally charming with its remote, windswept beauty making it popular with walkers.
To the west of Rosedale Abbey is a forest, ideal for walking or the scenic Newdale Forest Drive. The famous Hole of Horcum viewpoint lies just beyond overlooking the spectacular valley and legendary North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
There is a lot to see and visit either on foot or by car.
We are only 30 minutes drive from the fishing village of Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay, and 25 minutes from the picturesque town of Helmsley.
Other Local attractions include
Dalby Forest (Mountain Biking & Go Ape), North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, Nunnington Hall, Beck Isle Museum, Eden Camp and the nearby Ryedale Folk Museum.