North York Moors CAM

Monday 21st February 2000

Today's walk: Grosmont - Goathland (and back)


Grosmont Railway Station

Today's walk starts at Grosmont Railway Station

The village of Grosmont consisted of little more than a few farms in the early 19th Century but with the coming of the railway from Whitby to Pickering things began to change rapidly. George Stephenson surveyed the land in 1835 and when navvies were digging the tunnel south of the village they struck rich deposits of iron ore - so the village became an important railway junction and an ironstone mining centre. The first rail trains were horse drawn until they were replaced by steam in 1847


Grosmont Railway Station

Grosmont Railway Station is nowadays a very popular tourist attraction. Members of the North York Moors Railway association have beautifully restored steam trains and carriages over the years and the trains now run at regular intervals in the summer carrying passengers on the very picturesque 17 mile route from here to Pickering. This year's timetable starts on 1st April


view back to Grosmont

Our walk takes us south of Grosmont and over the railway bridge where we can look back to the village . . .


Goathland Rail Trail sign

before joining the Goathland Rail Trail


old rail track

This easy going trail is suitable for all the family and follows the route of the original track built by George Stephenson in 1836 . .



. . . with safe footbridges . . .


Murk Esk

. . . crossing the Murk Esk several times


Goathland Goathland

After 3 miles easy walking we reach the village of Goathland with its wide grass verges grazed by sheep


road sign

Goathland is known better in many parts of the globe as 'Aidensfield' from the popular TV series 'Heartbeat' . . .


Goathland Garage 'Aidensfield Arms'

. . . several familiar film locations are dotted round the village


path from Goathland

Our return journey takes us away from Goathland . . .


Beck Hole

. . . past the picturesque hamlet of Beck Hole . . .


view over to Egton

. . . with good views across the Murk Esk Valley to the village of Egton seen on the horizon


Crag Cliff Wood

The final leg of the walk takes us through Crag Cliff Wood before reaching our starting point at Grosmont

The return journey between Green End and the early stages of Crag Cliff Wood can be very muddy and slippery as it was today so it's sometimes best to return the way you came! The walk through the woods is highly recommended though after a dry spell of weather, especially in May when the floor is carpeted with thousands of bluebells



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