A leisurely stroll or a tougher hike following the spiritual way of the pilgrims – the second Rosedale Walking Festival is on its way.
This year’s Festival takes place on June 14 and 15, and walkers will be able to choose from a meander round the local teashops, a Pilgrims’ Way walk, or a short ramble for families with young children on the Saturday.
The Sunday events will focus on the rich wildlife and history of the dale, including a walk following the old railway line at the top of the dale’s famous Chimney Bank.
Ian Thompson, of Rosedale’s Walkers are Welcome committee, said: “The first Rosedale Walking Festival was a great success, and this year there’s even more on offer. We want to show that walkers are very welcome in Rosedale.”
In 2012 Rosedale Abbey, the dale’s main village, became the first village in the North York Moors National Park to gain Walkers are Welcome status – an innovative community-led scheme which aims to highlight areas which have demonstrated real commitment to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.
To gain the status, village representatives had to undertake a challenging application process.