GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Grosmont to Goathland Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Follow thetrack bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line on this short, easy walk in the North York Moors. The trail runs from Grosmont to Goathland passing the waterfalls at Beck Hole on the way. There's some beautiful Yorkshire countryside and a waterside section along the Murk Esk River to enjoy. The path is generally very good for walking on and you also have the option of taking the North York Moors Steam Railway back to Grosmont.
You could take a short detour from the path to visit the 70ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall near Goathland. The falls are the highest in the North York Moors and a real highlight of the area. The Beck Hole Thomason Foss Waterfall is also located in this area.
Our Goathland Circular Walk also visits the falls directly from the village centre. It then climbs to the hills above Goathland for wonderful views over the heather moors.

Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Mallyan Spout Hotel is located at the end of the route in the village of Goathland. 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 epic Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk runs through Grosmont so you could pick this up to continue your walking in the area. If you follow it south east it will take you to one of the highlights of the area at Falling Foss. Here you'll find a beautiful 30ft high waterfall and a delightful old tea room.
In Grosmont you could pick up the circular Egton Bridge Walk and visit the nearby village. The pretty riverside settlement includes a fine old pub which was used in the TV Series 'Heartbeat'. Near here there's also Lealholm and Glaisdale where you can see the noteworthy Beggar's Bridge.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North York Moors Walks page.


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Grosmont-Goathland railway walkway. This photograph shows a view of part of the walkway along the old railway track near Beck Hole. The walkway runs between Grosmont and Goathland. The picture was taken looking in a southerly direction towards Combs Wood.

Goathland, North Yorkshire 11-06-2015 (19796678052)

Goathland station pictured in June 2015. The celebrity station became the bewitching Hogsmeade station in the first Harry Potter film and featured as Aidensfield in the beloved ITV programme Heartbeat. Earlier still, it was used as the setting for Darrowby Station in All Creatures Great and Small. The charming village of Goathland is just a few minutes walk up the bank from the station, with a great range of shops and pubs. You can explore the National Park and the surrounding moorland, embark on an energetic country walk to the Mallyan Spout Waterfall or take the easy path and follow the Rail Trail down the course of the original rope-worked railway to Grosmont. Luckily its’s mostly downhill and there is a pub with a beer garden on the route too. The station also boasts its very own shop and has a tea room which is in a converted 1922 style goods shed.

Beck Hole Station - memorial plaque

Memorial plaque at the former site of Beck Hole Station on the North York Moors Railway

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Goathland railway station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Goathland station may be better known as Hogsmeade from the Harry Potter films.

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Beck Hole Looking down to the hamlet from close to the railway bridge. The building immediately behind the two cars, and the land beyond, has been the site of a farm since at least the seventeenth century.

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Murk Esk river. Viewed from a footpath bridge looking upstream.

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Rail Trail near Grosmont. Waymarked footpath along the course of the original Whitby to Pickering railway built in the days of horse drawn carriages and which proved inadequate to cope with the heavier steam engines. The trail passes through ancient woodland, and the sites of old mines and ironworks.

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Looking along the rail trail at the Goathland end.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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