150 years ago many parts of the North York Moors looked very different from the present day: the valleys and hills were filled with fire, smoke and noise as they helped fuel the industrial revolution. A short but intense period of ironstone mining and railway construction left a huge impact on the landscape and its communities that can still be seen today.
This Exploited Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will record, conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.
Volunteers are now sought to join in this project in nearby Rosedale Abbey, to work on the Rosedale Railway. Details below.