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Grosmont & Goathland

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  • Take the Rail Trail through the valley
  • Return via the high moors
  • Combine the villages of Grosmont & Goathland

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This has to be one of my favourite walks in the Yorkshire Moors; contrast the upland moorlands of Goathland Moor with the arrow straight path of the Rail Trail, throw in slices of riverside walking, the pretty hamlets of Beck Hole and Darnholm and the iconic villages themselves of Grosmont and Goathland and this is definitely a walk I savoured. At any time the peace may be disturbed by the outpouring of steam on the railway and even though I am no particular rail enthusiast the stations at Grosmont and Goathland are worth a closer inspection when the trains are in. Arundel Hill has an interesting (Roman?) ditch through it so may have been the location for a fort – if anyone can shed any light on it please do – it is one of the many mysteries on the walk.

Recommend: It really does make no difference which end to start at but I would take the Rail Trail first from Grosmont and the High moors from Goathland so the circuit is anti clockwise. Download GPX file

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: Grosmont NZ 827052 Head for the Rail Trail just to the east of the railwayGoathland NZ 833013. Cross the tracks at the station and take the path left directly opposite.
Height to Climb: 311 ms (1,020 feet)
Terrain: The Rail Trail is a wide track and there are paths elsewhere but the path above Darnholm is a little tricky to follow.
Eating & Drinking: There is a good choice of excellent pubs and hotels at either Grosmont or Goathland with a smattering of tea shops as well.
Similar Walks Nearby: Villages of the Esk Valley
High Sneaton Moor
Waterfalls of Goathland
Places to Stay:

 

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