Where is this walk?

Goathland and Grosmont

January 13, 2020

The walk between Goathland and Grosmont climbs steeply on to the moors. Here the views open out dramatically. After dropping in to Grosmont (best place to see the steam trains) return via the old Rail Trail.

The Walk

This is one of my favourite walks in the Yorkshire Moors. Contrast the upland moorlands of Goathland Moor with the arrow straight path of the wooded 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 walk walk becomes a real gem.

At any time the peace may be disturbed by the outpouring of steam from the railway and, even though I am no particular rail enthusiast, the stations at Goathland and Grosmont are certainly worth a closer inspection whether the steam trains are there or not. 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.


It really does make no difference which end to start at but my preference is to take the High Moors first from Grosmont and the Rail Trail from Goathland so the circuit is anti clockwise.

Navigation Tips between Goathland and Grosmont

At the bridge at Darnholm head north easterly up the north side of the river. The path bends north west and joins a more obvious path over the flatter moors going due north.


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