A Cracking Walk
For All The Family

Grosmont to Goathland
A moderate walk. Ages 5 and over should be able to reach Mallyan Spout and over-8s should do it all.
5 miles, 2 ½ hr, OS Explorer OL27

This lovely walk by the Esk River has it all. A clear level path along an old railway with a spectacular incline and riverside woods full of birdsong. At Beck Hole is the Birch Hall Inn, one of the tiniest and most delightful pubs in the world. Goathland offers the fine 70ft Mallyan Spout waterfall and a steam train ride to cap it all off.

Route From Grosmont station, NZ 828052, waymarked Rail Trail for 2 ½ miles to Beck Hole. At Incline Cottage (822020), right off trail; path south through woods for ¾ mile to Mallyan Spout waterfall (824010). Return 100m; up steps (Goathland) to Mallyan Spout Hotel. Left along road to Goathland station; or ahead on field path to cross NYMR by Abbot’s House (841006). Path above Goathland House to station. Take the steam train back to Grosmont.

Have lunch at Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole (01947 896245) or the Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland (01947 896486) - or picnic By the river Esk.

Walk recommended by the Sunday Times travel correspondent.