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Whilst staying at The Tree there are many places to explore without having to go far at all. We are situated in the very heart of the North York Moors National Park and surrounded by sweeping hillsdies and breathtaking scenery. So we're already in the perfect location for walking, running and cycling.

Rosedale Abbey

Just 3 miles down the road is the small village of Rosedale Abbey. 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, in the village there is a small green with a couple of country pubs and tearooms, a village shop, gallery and glass studio (see below for more details)

An old mining community

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. The workings closed in 1929 and the landmark 100ft Rosedale Chimney was finally pulled down in 1972.

Local Abbeys & Churches

There are also many churches and Abbey's of ancient significance nearby such as Rieveaulx & Byland. There is a particularly noteable church in Lastingham about 5 miles away from us which was apparently previously a pagan sacred site and on a powerful ley line. Visitors come from all over the country to meditate in the crypt and claim to feel the power and energy of this sacred site.


To the coast & beyond

On the coast line, Saltburn the surfing capital of Yorkshire is about a 30-40 minute drive away. Or you could catch the old steam train from Pickering that takes you through Grosmont (Hartbeat country) and to the coast at Whitby. The historical city of York would be a nice day trip out from here and we are only 25 minutes from the picturesque town of Helmsley..

So while in Rosedale why not ...

  • Take in the view of the dale from the top of Chimney Bank, the steepest public road in England and watch the keenest of cyclists struggle with their gears as they determine to get to the top andcompares their time with Chris Boardman's - 5 minutes and 23 seconds!

  • Have a look at the Industrial heritage along the railway line and marvel at the grit of the folks who worked the mines and railway in often treacherous conditions.

  • Walk or cycle the line The old Steam Railway line providing a perfect footpath or cycle track. With the bonus that half way round there’s the Lion Inn. The Lion Inn is located on the highest point in the North York Moors, it's 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. The full circumference of the line is about 4-5 hours walking time.

  • Walk up the Dale to Dale Head Tea Garden taking in the wildlife and protected wild flower verges and try one of Maggie’s delicious cakes whilst admiring the view.

  • Following in the tradition of glass making in Rosedale visit Gillies Jones Gallery and admire their internationally acclaimed glass ware.

  • Play a round of golf on the 9 hole course surrounded by beautiful counytryside – definitely NOT a good walk spoiled .

  • Enjoy the many walks of the area, up hill and down dale – look out for an Andy Goldsworthy installations in the next valley (Northdale)

  • Treat yourself to a meal at The Coach House or The White Horse or a little further to The Crown at Hutton Le Hole or the Blacksmiths at Lastingham or at little further still for fish and chips at Whitby!

  • Find yourself a quiet spot …. Breath, relax and listen for distinctive cries of woodpecker, cuckoos, & curlews watch for the merlin, green plover, snipe, whinchat, wheatear, the red grouse and red legged partridge. If you are lucky you might see the barn owls hunting around The Tree at dusk.

  • Once a month pop into the reading rooms for Tea and Chat with the local history group.

  • Savour a Barista coffee and a delightful cake or pastry at Graze on the Green or pop into Abbey Stores for a good old cup of Yorkthire Tea and a paper.

  • 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 Tree in Spring.

  • Star gaze and be amazed at how dark the night sky is here – watch out for shooting stars, satellites and if you look carefully you can sometimes see the International Space Station.

  • There are also many local shows and festivals. Rosedale Walking Festival is usually held in June and the village agricultural show is a highlight of the Summer, held in August ..

  • 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.


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