Goathland Circular Walk
A circular walk around the village of Grosmont in the North York Moors. The route visits the lovely Mallyan Spout waterfall before a climb into the hills surrounding the village. There's much to enjoy with the rushing waters of the West Beck and wonderful views from the heather topped hills of Simon Howe and Tow Howes Rigg.
You can start the walk from the main parking area in the village centre or from the train station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Follow the road south west for about half a mile and you will come to a path just to right of the Malyan Spout Hotel. Follow the trail north west and you will soon come to the West Beck and the waterfall. The splendid 70 ft falls are the highest on the North York Moors.
After admiring the falls you return to the hotel and continue along the road for a short distance. You can then pick up trails to take you up onto the moors where you can climb to Simon Howe, which stands at a height of 260m(853ft). It's a lovely spot with purple heather and fabulous views over the village, Cropton Forest and the surrounding moors.
The route then descends to Two Howes Rigg and Moorgates, where you pick up a trail to take you back into Goathland.
The long distance Lyke Wake Walk runs across Simon Howe so you could pick this up to continue your walking around Goathland. Following it east will take you to the coast at Ravenscar via Stony Leas and Crag Stone Rigg hills.
Also of interest is the Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail. This visits the delightful hamlet of Beck Hole and includes a waterside section along the Murk Esk River.
Goathland Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Goathland Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Goathland
- Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail - Follow the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line on this short, easy walk in the North York Moors
- Mallyan Spout - This delightful circular walk in Goathland visits the beautiful 70 ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall in the North York Moors National Park.
The walk starts from the parking area in the pretty village of Goathland and heads west along a country lane for about half a mile
- Cropton Forest - This large area of coniferous woodland on the North York Moors has miles of footpaths and bridleways for walkers and mountain bikers
- Lyke Wake Walk - The Lyke Wake Walk is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors from west to east
- Beck Hole Waterfall - This walk visits the Thomason Foss and the Mallyan Spout waterfalls from the little village of Beck Hole in North Yorkshire.
The Mallyan Spout Hotel in Goathland is a lovely place for some post walk refreshments. The hotel includes a restaurant, bar and a new coffee shop which offers homemade cakes, light snacks, afternoon teas, barista coffees, speciality milkshakes and more. Additionally the hotel has some beautiful gardens surrounding the Grade II listed former country house. It's a lovely place to visit on fine days. You can find the hotel in the village at a postcode of YO22 5AN for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your pet with you.
Opposite the hotel you'll also find the historic Goathland Parish Church. It's built on a site which has celebrated worship for many hundreds of years; a sign of the history of the village.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Beck Hole Waterfall Walk visits the Thomason Foss falls which lie just to the east of the pretty neighbouring village. It's another secluded and peaceful spot which makes a nice detour on the route.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North York Moors Walks page.