HEAD OF ROSEDALE – CROSSES , BOUNDARY STONES, PANNIER WAYS AND EXTENSIVE VIEWS FROM THE TOP OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS
Walk Length: 2 miles. Allow 2 hours.
Grade: Easy; the route is split evenly between roads and tracks, the latter can be boggy. Not suitable for mobility-impaired or young children. Not recommended in poor visibility.
Grid Reference: GR NZ 6771701916
Postcode: YO62 7LQ (Lion Inn at Blakey ; nearest building 2 miles to the south !!)
Public transport: Moors Bus ; M3 (from Helmsley) and M6 (from Pickering) on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays April to October.
Parking: in small car park at road junction at Rosedale Head.
The route starts from a car park near one of the highest parts of the North York Moors at Rosedale Head at nearly 1400 feet above sea level. The first cross, Young Ralph, is quickly visited, followed by Old Ralph and then White Cross, better known as Fat Betty. We then set out on a track across the head of Rosedale, visiting two parish boundary stones on the way, marking the ancient division of Westerdale and Spaunton parishes. Finally, we meet Margery Bradley, another boundary marker that uses a large natural boulder to confirm the boundary of the estate of Thomas Duncombe , 17th century owner of the Honour Of Helmsley. A short walk then takes us back to the car park.