The area offers a huge array of mountain biking route options with the main road, as mentioned, running north to south. Then there's the dismantled old mining railway, which meanders across High Blakey Moor to the west, to Bloworth Crossing and beyond. This was once off-limits to mountain bikes but has recently been upgraded to a bridleway. To the east, the same rail route skirts around the head of Rosedale leading past the old mine buildings to Hill Cottages.
Rosedale Railway Mountain Bike Trail
About Rosedale Railway
The Rosedale railway trail, as its name suggests, is a dismantled railway route in the valley of Rosedale in the North York Moors national park. The railway itself once serviced the mining industry in the valley.
The trail starts as a narrow path at the small car park at the top of Chimney Bank, near the village of Rosedale Abbey. Access is straight through the car park, heading north-west. You are immediately greeted with the first remnants of Rosedale's mining history.
Navigation is easy from here. Just follow the same path. Shortly it joins the main route of the old railway and Rosedale opens out to your right. After about 6km (4mi) of riding, the trail almost meets the road on Blakey Ridge, close to the Lion Inn. Keep to the trail from here as it continues northwards towards the head of the valley.
The trail becomes slightly less defined (by dismantled railway standards - it's still very easy to follow) as you reach the head of the valley where it curves round to the right to begin its return leg on the eastern flanks of Rosedale. Heading south-east now, in a rather curvy fashion, you are treated to yet more ruins of former mine buildings, including the railway controller's hut. These are all signed with some great history to be learned if you are interested.
Before the last of the mine buildings there is bridleway and exit opportunity to the north, a trail called George Gap Causeway that takes you across Glaisdale Moor to either join Cut Road, or drop into the great technical descent into Great Fryupdale.
Remaining on the railway trail, after the last of the mining remains, the trail peters out and ends as it joins Daleside Road where you can either continue your route, or return via Rosedale Abbey and Chimney Bank to the starting point.
Map of Rosedale Railway
Map of Rosedale Railway Routes
All Routes for Rosedale Railway
13mi / 21km
630m / 2,066ft