Moors community to showcase charms of beauty spot with walking festival

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With its wildlife, history, spectacular views and fantastic walking routes, residents of Rosedale know that the area has it all.

Now an event is being planned to let hikers find out what the people of Rosedale already know at the area’s walking festival, which is set to be held next month.

Rosedale Walking Festival takes place on the weekend of September 14 and 15, when walkers will be able to choose from a wildlife-themed walk or a meander round the local teashops on the Saturday. On the Sunday, they can find out about the rich history of the dale, or take part in the big walk of the weekend, the Rosedale Circular.

Last year, 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 demonstrating real commitment to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.

Ian Thompson, of Rosedale’s Walkers are Welcome committee, said: “We’re delighted to announce the first Rosedale Walking Festival.

“Rosedale is one of the most beautiful areas in the UK, and this is one way to share it with our visitors.”