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Moorland village is on the map for walkers
11:34am Wednesday 16th May 2012 in News
ROSEDALE Abbey has become the first village in the North York Moors National Park to achieve Walkers are Welcome status, and hopes are high it will lead to a boost in its holiday trade.
Rosedale’s success follows that of Pickering, which won the accolade two years ago. It has since attracted walkers from all parts of Britain.
Ena Dent, who runs a holiday cottage complex at Craven Garth Farm north of the village and is chairman of the Tourism Association North Yorkshire, said: “This is an important step forward for Rosedale and its 38 businesses which benefit from the tourist industry.
“We have a great wealth of walks around Rosedale and achieving Walkers are Welcome status will bring people to the village.”
Between 1850 and 1920, Rosedale was a bustling, sooty and noisy hive of industrial activity and home to nearly 5,000 iron stone miners. It has been shaped by over 1,000 years of hard-working Yorkshire hill farmers and today is one of the National Park’s tourist hotspots.
Walkers are Welcome is an accreditation scheme for walk-friendly towns and villages.