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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 have developed a range of walks, interpretation hubs and features, and educational materials that will be located out on site and available online through this website.

Walks in the Land of Iron

Our landscape is home to a variety of heritage attractions hidden away as the historic ironstone ruins are reclaimed by nature. Rediscover the physical impact that this industry once had on the landscape with these five new exciting walks. Discover our brand new interpretation features and visit the many local attractions that the North York Moors has to offer. The maps will shortly be uploaded with access information, please revisit for updates.

Please make sure that you are prepared for your walk in the North York Moors with the appropriate clothing, shoes and equipment. Be aware of the weather conditions, as the weather can change suddenly and a number of the walks take place in isolated and remote locations. You can follow all the routes on the relevant OS maps below.

Rail Trail

A linear railway line ramble from Goathland to Grosmont.

Take the train to Grosmont - eskvalleyrailway.co.uk or #840 Coastliner bus to Goathland - traveline.info

Rail trail walkers

Length: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
Time: 2½ hours
Start: Goathland Station YO22 5NF
NZ 836 013
Map: Ordnance Survey OL27
Refreshments: Goathland, Beck Hole & Grosmont
Toilets: Goathland & Grosmont

The Walk: Best walked one way and combined with a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Goathland – NYMR.co.uk.
1 – Grosmont, with plentiful facilities and links to the wider rail network.
2 – Goathland, famous as Aidensfield from TV’s Heartbeat.
3 – Follow the signs along the Trail.

Tip: Buy the Rail Trail guidebook from local outlets to get the most from the walk.

Rosedale Bank Top

A short walk around the iconic Bank Top Kilns to discover the birthplace of the Rosedale ironstone industry.

Rosedale Bank Top Angry sky by Paddy Chambers

Length: 1 mile (1.6km)
Time: 30 mins
Start/finish: Bank Top, YO18 8SE
SE 721 947
Map: Ordnance Survey OL26 
Refreshments: Rosedale Abbey
Toilets: Rosedale Abbey

The walk:
1 – Start in the car park at Bank Top (Chimney Bank).
2 – Follow the path to the kilns, taking in the information panels on the way.
3 – Go past the kilns towards the cottages, until the path meets the access track for the cottages. Turn sharp left back along this access road.
4 – Walk along the access track until you meet the road, then turn left down the hill back towards the car park. Please take care on the road.

Rosedale Railway and Kilns

An epic journey along the former Rosedale Railway to see the impressive ruins of a once thriving ironstone industry.

Rosedale Railway Walkers

Length: 9 miles (14.5km)
Time: 4 hours
Start/finish: Blakey Junction, YO62 7LQ
SE 683 989
Map: Ordnance Survey OL26
Refreshments: Lion Inn & Dale Head Farm
Toilets: Hutton le Hole (6.5 miles) & Castleton (6 miles)

The Walk:
1 – Park at Blakey Junction car park.
2 – Take the short path down to the railway and turn left, taking in the view to your destination.
3 – Follow the track around the valley, over embankments and through cuttings.
4 – Marvel at the gigantic piers of Iron Kilns.
5 – Arrive at the arches of Stone Kilns, take a break on the bench and then retrace your route to Blakey Junction.

Tip: Drop down to Dale Head Farm for delicious refreshments - daleheadfarmteagarden.co.uk or visit the famous Lion Inn - lionblakey.co.uk, just up the road from Blakey car park.

Warren Moor Mine

A short but steep adventure to discover a remote but remarkably well preserved ironstone mine site and chimney.

Take the train to Kildale - eskvalleyrailway.co.uk

Warren Moor, Cycling, Russell Burton

Length: 3.2 miles (5km)
Time: 2 hours
Start/finish: Kildale Station, YO21 2RH
NZ 604 095
Map: Ordnance Survey OL26 
Refreshments: Glebe Cottage Tea Room
Toilets: Kildale Station

The walk:
1 – From Kildale Station car park walk up the stone track and turn left along the road towards the village.
2 – At the triangle junction fork left towards Commondale and Castleton.
3 – Follow the footpath alongside Kildale Hall for 500m until a turning on the right to Little Kildale. Take this turning and start climbing towards the woodland.
4 – Follow the road up the steep climb into the woodland until it turns to a stone track bridleway. Keep on the main track until you come out of the woodland at the top of the hill.
5 – Turn right before the farmhouse and go through the gate, looking out across the valley, with the top of the chimney coming into view for the first time.
6 – Follow the track down the hill until you arrive at the gate marking the entrance to the mine site. After exploring the mine site retrace your steps to the village.            

Ingleby Incline

Can you take on the challenge of the incline? A long, and in places remote, route taking in high moorland, scenic views and a remarkable feat of Victorian engineering.  

Take the train to Battersby - eskvalleyrailway.co.uk

Ingleby Incline walkers

Length: 9½ miles (15km)
Time: 4 hours walking/2 hours cycling
Start/finish: Battersby Station, TS9 6LT
NZ 589 073
Map: Ordnance Survey OL26 
Refreshments: Kildale
Toilets: Kildale Station

The Walk:
1 – From Battersby Station head out of the village towards the main road.
2 – Turn right and go along the main road for 400 yards (365m).
3 – Take a left turn to ‘Bank Foot’.
4 – When you reach the houses, turn right along the forestry road. Follow this for 1¾ miles (2.8km).
5 – At the bottom of the incline, after taking a deep breath, start the long climb up.
6 – From the top of the incline follow the railway for nearly 1 mile (1.6km) until you reach Bloworth crossing. Turn sharp left here to follow the Cleveland Way.
7 – Stay on the Cleveland Way for 2¼ miles (3.7km) until the path forks, taking the left hand stone track downhill and leaving the Cleveland Way. Take care on the descent as the track can be rough and rocky.
8 – At the edge of the escarpment pause a moment to take in the view before descending the steep track. Go down through the forest, past the farm and re-join the road to retrace your steps to Battersby.

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 landofiron@northyorkmoors.org.uk. We can also be found on Twitter via the National Park at @NorthYorkMoors.

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