Steep and winding routes on either side of the dale lead down to the village of Rosedale Abbey, a popular target for country walks. Despite its name, there never was an abbey here – just a small Cistercian nunnery, of which only a stone turret or belfry remains in the village churchyard. Although quiet now, a flourishing ironstone industry transformed Victorian Rosedale – see the massive stone kilns and other relics on the line of the former mineral railway, above the village.
Things to see and do
Four hundred years ago, a group of Huguenot craftsmen practised the secret and illegal art of glass-making in Rosedale. Internationally renowned glass-makers Stephen Gilles and Kate Jones continue the tradition today at their Rosedale Abbey shop and workshop.
'Walks around Rosedale Abbey' (available from local shops) includes five great walks in the valley. We also have free downloadable walking routes – a short, easy access walk to a panoramic viewpoint on the Rosedale Mineral Railway and a longer circular walk in Rosedale valley that returns along the former railway line.
The village organises an annual walking festival, with various walks over a weekend in June. Details are posted on the village website.
There are three pubs in and around Rosedale Abbey, and two cafés on the village green. Walkers also enjoy visiting the tea garden at Dale Head Farm, further up the valley on the east side, close to the old railway line.