Waterfalls of Goathland

  • Two lovely waterfalls to visit
  • Explore the open spaces of Goathland
  • Pretty woodlands though much of the walk

It is easy to see why the producers of Heartbeat based their fictional village of Aidensfield on Goathland. It is a lovely, spacious village surrounded by some of the best countryside in the North York Moors. Head off on foot in any direction is a joy but, if you only have the time or inclination for a short walk I would suggest the waterfalls of Mallyan Spout and Thomason Foss. The former is set in a deep gorge and has the highest single fall in the North York Moors (although it was so dry when I last went it was barely more than a trickle) whilst the latter is located in a tranquil dell, both surrounded by woodland. Some of the walking is rough, particularly near Mallyan Spout, but well worth the effort – the whole experience enhanced by the periodic explosion of a train letting off steam.

Recommend: There can not be a more idyllic hamlet than that at Beck Hole, even better there is a pub to enjoy as well!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 835013. Parking in Goathland. Head up towards the moors and Mallyan Spout to start.
Height to Climb: 171 ms (561 feet)
Terrain: Rough through the gorge at Mallyan Spout but a good path elsewhere if a little hilly at times!
Eating & Drinking: There is a choice of pubs and tea shops in Goathland but do not ignore the Birch Hall in at Beck Hole.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Villages of the Esk Valley
High Sneaton Moor
Grosmont & Goatland
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  1. Harriet Wood says:

    I finally found Thomason Foss, not off the Beck Hole road as shown in
    where2walk (might be able to scramble down but no obvious place). Maybe you mean Water Ark Foss?
    On the other side of the bridge from the pub, just up the road on the left is a footpath (signed but no info). It’s a rough rocky muddy path to the foss, and goes no further,

  2. Fathom69 says:

    We did this walk on the 24 July 2016. They were parts with very deep and slippery mud. It looks like the trail has been heavily eroded over time making it more of an assault course than a walk for the most part. Please take care especially if it is or has been wet.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Hi Chris, it is about 1 hour round trip from Goathland and is wet and slippy!. Worth it though.

  4. Chris Redman says:

    I have a group visiting Hoagland next week, with some free time in the village. Please could you tell me approx how long it would take them to wander to Malayan Spout waterfall and back. Unfortunately, I do not have time to recce this.
    Your website is fantastic, by the way! A friend and I walk regularly every week and will be trying some of these!
    Kind Regards

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