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Details of Rosedale Walking Festival Released

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10:37am 12th May 2014

Details of the second Rosedale Walking Festival have been released.

This year’s Festival takes place on 14 and 15 June, and walkers will be able to choose from a meander round the local teashops, a Pilgrims’ Way walk, or a short ramble for families with young children on the Saturday. The Sunday events will focus on the rich wildlife and history of the dale, including a walk following the old railway line at the top of the dale’s famous Chimney Bank.

Ian Thompson, of Rosedale’s Walkers are Welcome committee, said: “The first Rosedale Walking Festival was a great success, and this year there’s even more on offer. We want to show that walkers are very welcome in Rosedale!”

In 2012 Rosedale Abbey, the dale’s main village, became the first village in the North York Moors National Park to gain Walkers are Welcome status – an innovative community-led scheme which aims to highlight areas which have demonstrated real commitment to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.

To gain the status, village representatives had to undertake a challenging application process to prove their commitment, including measures taken to maintain existing walks in good condition, and facilities available to visitors.

Places on the Walking Festival events range from £1 for the family walk to £12 for the teashop walk (which includes refreshments at the various tea rooms); most cost £4. Children take part for free.

The weekend’s walks are:

Saturday 14 June

Teashop Walk: starts 10am at Graze on the Green. Return approx 5pm. Led by Ian Thompson, the walk is easy to moderate with two gentle climbs from the valley bottom – and visits three teashops en route!

The Pilgrims’ Way: starts 1.30pm at Ebenezer Methodist Chapel (Rosedale East). Led by Edward Harpin and Claire Stainthorpe, from The Orange Tree relaxation centre. A varied 8.5-mile walk (around four hours) taking in some of the ancient tracks and landmarks at the heart of local folklore and legend. May include walking meditation for a short section of the walk.

Little Boots: starts 2pm at Rosedale Abbey School yard. A fun walk for children and parents led by Rosedale Abbey School. Aimed primarily at children up to 11 years old, but all are welcome. An interactive ramble of approximately one mile based on trail booklets devised by pupils from the village school.

Sunday 15 June

Walk the Line: starts 9am on the village green; return approximately 6pm. Approximately 11 miles. Led by Annie Wilkinson. Follows the old railway line for eight-and-a-half miles – lots of historical interest.

Wildlife Walk: starts 10am on The Village Green. Led by Andrew Middleton of Wild Country Walkabouts. A moderate walk of approximately five miles and four hours’ duration (frequent observation stops). Opportunities for sketching and photography will be available.

Rosedale History Walk: starts 2pm on the Village Green, Rosedale Abbey; return around 5.30pm. Approximately five miles. Led by members of the Rosedale History Society; a moderate to strenuous walk with moderate to steep ascent and descent. Includes the opportunity to view old photographs.

Walkers can turn up on the day, but numbers are limited. To book tickets in advance, please call 01751 417505 or email walkrosedale@outlook.com

For further information, please call Ian Thompson on 01751 417283 or visit: www.rosedaleabbey.com/walking-festival.html

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