Grosmont & Goathland

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

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 Grosmont and Goathland 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.

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

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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 railway. Turn right and pass the rail shop before climbing initially from the
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:


Bank House Farm & Bunk, GlaisdaleThe Mews, Whitby