Dale Head from Rosedale Abbey

A pleasant and interesting circular walk from Rosedale Abbey. Farmland, open moors and the remains of the old iron ore mine workings and railway. Lovely half way tea room at Dale Head Farm.

Technical sheet
No. 2016186
A Rosedale East Side walk posted on 28/04/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 10/02/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25[?]
Distance Distance : 8.1mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 751ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 732ft
Highest point Highest point : 961ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 449ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Rosedale East Side
Starting point Starting point : N 54.35368° / W 0.887186°
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There is limited parking at Rosedale Abbey, opposite the shop.

(D) Take to the road towards the main street which cuts through the village. Cross over and continue on the path beside Heygate Bank (road) with The Milburn Arms Hotel on your left.

(1) Immediately after the hotel, turn left and follow the path over fields, passing through gates as needed. The path is obvious and has the Northdale Beck meandering on your left as you walk. Another path will come down from your right and will join your path at a footbridge over the beck.

(2) Cross the bridge and continue to a narrow road. Cross the road and ascend more steeply to come out at a small converted barn with a great view over the dale. Just after the barn joins a track and turns left. This will bring you to a junction with the road.

(3) Cross the road, turn right and walk a short distance to an obvious turning into the woodland on your left. Go into the woods and follow the good track, which is an old tramway from the iron ore mines.

(4) After crossing a stream, there is a junction with another path on the right and your path curves left and starts to descend. (When we did the walk there had been some forestry work and the path was not obvious at first, this should improve as the work finishes and the path is used more often) Walk down through the woods to come out beside a farm and a lovely view. Take the track past the building to a junction with a road.

(5) Turn right at the junction and walk up to another set of farm buildings. Just past the buildings, the path splits.

(6) Take the left-hand track, which is once again the route taken by the old iron ore trams (Rosedale Railway). The track curves to the right and heads north passing spoil heaps, the remains of mine buildings and some information boards. It goes all the way to the head of the dale where are curves left above some woodland. At the head of the dale, the path splits into four.

(7) At the split, turn left onto a narrower path which descends beside the woodland to Dale Head Farm. This is a great place to stop and have tea and sample their delicious home baking.

(8) From the farm take the farm road south, as it bends look out for a path on the right which crosses fields and the stream before ascending again over another field to Hollin Bush Farm. Turn left on the farm track and walk to Moorlands Farm. Pass through the farm and just as you start to leave the farm look out for a path beside the gable end of a building.

(9) Turn right off the farm track onto the path, walk past a few small buildings and then cross fields. The path is obvious and it will start to descend just after some light woodland on the left it joins another path.

(10) Turn right and take the path/track passing through more fields. After the turning for High House Farm, it becomes a farm road. Follow this to pass High Thorgill Farm. Look out for a path on your left.

(11) Take the path on the left to cross a field downhill and beside a small wood. After the corner of the wood, it is not that obvious but heads diagonally downhill towards some more trees. At the bottom it becomes obvious again; cross a small stream, walk past Low Thorgill Farm, cross a second stream and continue a short distance to join a better track.

(12) The better track bends sharply left but you go straight ahead to cross fields and through a small wood. The path is obvious and soon you will see a caravan site on your left. Walk past to caravan site look out for a path on your left.

(13) Turn left and take the path which cuts over some grass and into Rosedale Abbey. Follow the road around and back to the parking.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 449ft - Rosedale Abbey car park
1 : mi 0.09 - alt. 463ft
2 : mi 0.95 - alt. 558ft - Bridge
3 : mi 1.53 - alt. 830ft - Junction with the road
4 : mi 2.03 - alt. 873ft - Junction with another path
5 : mi 2.39 - alt. 778ft
6 : mi 2.48 - alt. 830ft - Path splits
7 : mi 4.01 - alt. 961ft - Path splits
8 : mi 4.41 - alt. 702ft - Dale Head Farm
9 : mi 4.84 - alt. 755ft - Moorlands
10 : mi 5.5 - alt. 676ft
11 : mi 6.73 - alt. 610ft - high Thorgill Farm
12 : mi 7.08 - alt. 509ft
13 : mi 8 - alt. 453ft
D/A : mi 8.1 - alt. 449ft - Rosedale Abbey car park

Useful Information

This is a lovely walk with interesting scenery and a nice tea room on the farm.

You will cross farmland, pass through woods and start to enter the higher moorland. It can be muddy in places.

At point 7, you could extend the walk further by going straight ahead rather than dropping down to the farm and tea room. The old track continues past the second head of the dale and then turn south then follow the ridge until it is possible to descend to Rosedale Abbey. This variation is similar to the following walk on Hikideas : https://www.visorando.co.uk/walk-rosedal...

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Enjoy the scenery. The abandoned iron ore mines and history is interesting and as you look at the OS map and the landscape you come to appreciated how man has shaped and changed the land over time.

Rosedale Abbey is a charming village, there is also a tea room opposite the parking.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 05 Jul 2021 09:58:01 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/07/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A stunning walk - loved it so much going back to do it again as soon as we can!

on Mon 21 Sep 2020 12:10:34 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 19/09/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Me and Partner have decided to do some of the walks from this site, We enjoyed this route and was very easy from the guidance provided.

Thank you

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