Surrounding Area

Rosedale Abbey is a picturesque village 10 miles from Pickering and 17 miles from Whitby on the Jurassic coast. It never had an abbey but the remains of the Priory, which was occupied by the Cistercians for 400 years from the mid 12th century, can be seen in the turret field next to the church.

The walks all round the village, up on the disused railway line and on the Moors offer fabulous views of this particularly lovely area.

Nearby are the iron ore mines, closed since the 1920s, but which, for 60 years employed thousands of people. Remains of the workings can still be seen and there is a reconstruction of Rosedale’s drift mine in the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton-Le-Hole.

Further afield, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, as seen transporting Harry Potter to Hogworts School, runs along the valley from Goathland (Aidensfield in Heartbeat) on the Moors to the market town of Pickering.

In spring the famous daffodils carpet the floor in the adjacent dale of Farndale and in less than an hour you can cross the moors to the village of Sandsend, Dracula’s town of Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and miles and miles of splendid Heritage Coastline.

If you're up for something a little more active, the whole area is popular for road and mountain biking - you could even tackle the infamous Rosedale Chimney which shares the title of the steepest road in England hitting 30% in places.

Rosedale Abbey Golf Course is a 'pay & play' 9 hole course open to all ages and abilities with distances from 70 to 120 yards. Clubs and trollies are available to hire, there's no dress code or membership required and spectators are welcome.

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