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The Land of Iron offers some fantastic opportunities to explore and learn more about the North York Moors and its industrial past. As part of the project we will be developing a range of interpretation and educational materials that will be located out on site and available online through this website.

Ideas being worked on include:

Walks in the Land of Iron

Bluebells Walk

The new updated versions of the popular Grosmont-Goathland Rail Trail and Walks around Rosedale Abbey booklets are available, plus new walks taking in the best of the ironstone heritage features. New walks are being developed for 2020.

Interpretation at The Moors National Park Centre, Grosmont and Rosedale

A major refurbishment and re-modelling of the exhibition space at The Moors National Park Centre telling the Land of Iron story with interactive displays and children’s play facilities, plus mini-exhibition spaces in the heart of the Land of Iron area with tasters of the main interpretation and more locally-based guides to these areas.

3D Modelling

Cutting edge technology will be used to create detailed 3D virtual models of the industrial relics such as kilns, chimneys and archaeology. The project has set up a Sketchfab page where some early trials can be seen.

Land of Iron on the go

A mobile display unit and support vehicle for use at community events and volunteer days to take the story to the people. This can also be used to support volunteer activities at community archaeology events and practical conservation and land management tasks. If you see the van, be sure to give us a wave!


We need your photos and memories

Did your family work in the local ironstone industry and what stories can you tell about what life was like then? We would love you to share any photos, memories or artifacts from your involvement in this history. If you have anything you would like to share please contact us at We can also be found on Twitter via the National Park at @NorthYorkMoors.

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