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Rosedale Old Railway Line by Louise Cooke, NYMNPA

Easby to Rosedale Abbey

An exhilarating moorland ride that starts with a deceptively gentle cycle through the margins of the Cleveland Plain, before a mettle-testing climb up the infamous Ingleby Incline on the former Rosedale Mineral Railway. The reward is an easy cruise along the old railway trackbed over high moorland, enjoying magnificent views in all directions. Finish with a descent into the historic village of Rosedale Abbey where you'll be able to reward yourself with teas and ice cream.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
19 miles (31km)
3 to 5 hours
Start point:
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
NZ 576 086
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL26
Pub in Ingleby Greenhow, Lion Inn at Blakey Rigg, and cafés and pubs in Rosedale Abbey

About this cycle route

Mostly easy going on disused railway trackbed and quiet lanes, with one long, challenging climb near the start

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

  • Ravishing views from the old Rosedale Mineral Railway
  • A rest stop (and a pint!) at the Lion Inn, Blakey
  • Ralph Cross – the iconic landmark on Blakey Rigg
  • Laze on the village green in Rosedale Abbey