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Events, arch-building, family at Egton Show 23 August 2017Events, arch-building, family at Egton Show 23 August 2017

We would love you to be part of the Land of Iron story, find out more about the industrial past of the North York Moors, and maybe volunteer your time to help grow the project and share this story with others.

Use the links below to find out more or scroll down:

Land of Iron project celebration events

In order to mark the final year we are holding a range of activities and exhibitions at the Inspired by… gallery at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The events and activities will take part across September and October. The Moors National Park Centre is family friendly with an onsite cafe and accessible toilets.

Please see the entries below for the individual activities and exhibitions:

CMRC Rosedale Model 2

An event for kids and adults alike as the Skelton-based Cleveland Model Railway Club exhibit their skills in building model replica railways. The Rosedale East Iron Kilns once dominated the dale as they roasted the ironstone mined from the nearby hills day and night; trains then took away the calcined remains for smelting. Now the Iron Kilns and railway line are rebuilt once again in miniature with the aid of a Land of Iron Community Grant, so bring the family and explore the model railway and the history of the Cleveland Model Railway Club before exploring the remains of the real Rosedale site! Entry is free.

  • Model Railway Weekend – TBC Spring 2021

CMRC Rosedale Model

To celebrate the Land of Iron project we have brought together the Cleveland Model Railway Club with other local and dedicated railway model builders to reconstruct the main sites of the ironstone industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the North York Moors.

These include:

  • Blakey Junction
  • Rosedale Bank Top
  • Rosedale East goods yard
  • Rosedale East Iron Kilns and High Baring

Come and explore these fascinating models and talk to the experts for advice and insight. This exhibition promises to be a tantalizing insight into the activities of a long-gone industry and a chance for the whole family to learn. Entry is free.

Moors Centre Land of Iron room

As a part of the Land of Iron programme, a brand new family-friendly exhibition space has opened at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby celebrating the ironstone heritage. Interactive exhibits, including 3D models of intriguing monuments and hidden creatures, highlight the rich natural and cultural history of the moors, including the fascinating ironstone industry. Pop in today for a thrilling and interactive experience before you explore the North York Moors themselves. Entry is free.


Volunteering can be so much fun – you can meet new people, learn new skills and gain confidence, get fit and active, and make a real difference to your local community and environment. The Land of Iron offers lots of opportunities for volunteering, inside or outdoors, for as little or as much time as you have to spare.

Combs Wood pickaxe

See what Tony has to say about taking part:

All of my expectations were met, and many more. I got hooked; I initially signed up for two days and stayed for ten! The rest as they say is history. I'm still on-board and I am still enjoying it.

Current opportunities include the chances to get involved in a number of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Archaeological surveying
  • Native wild daffodil surveys
  • Photogrammetry 3D digital modelling
  • Habitat management
  • Wildflower surveys
  • Tree planting

Using Modern Technology in the Land of Iron

Adrian Glasser, one of our wonderful tech minded volunteers, has produced a number of blog entries on his adventures in making practical and digital tools for the Land of Iron.

Adrian Glasser Warren Moor Mine Chimney PuzzleAdrian Glasser Warren Moor Mine Chimney Puzzle

Check them out below:

Get Involved Today

If you are keen to get involved or have an idea which volunteers could help with, please get in touch through or telephone 01439 772700.

Moors & Valleys Young Archaeologists' Club


Free hands-on activity sessions for 8–16 year olds, covering a variety of topics and time periods. The free-to-attend sessions run from 11am–1pm on the first Saturday of each month and are based at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, with sessions taking place across North Yorkshire and Teesside.

The club gets involved in all sorts of activities, including demonstrations and craft activities, alongside visiting real archaeological sites and excavations! Booking beforehand is essential as spaces are limited per session.

For further information please contact

Connect with us

Why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter – it’s great to share stunning photographs of our favourite places in the North York Moors National Park. On Twitter post your best photograph of the Land of Iron landscape with the hashtag #LandofIron, we are excited to see what you can come up with!

You can also sign up to the National Park's Conservation blog.