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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