Goathland and Grosmont Rail Path

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Goathland and Grosmont Rail Path is a 5.6 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Whitby, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 5.6 km Elevation Gain: 125 m Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly


trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


historic site

pub walk

A linear walk along the old rail line from Goathland to Grosmont with the return leg taken on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a heritage steam railway. This popular walk follows the route of the 1836 railway which began with horse-drawn carriages along the line. Today, the remaining cinder track gives chance to reflect on the history of the railways as well as an opportunity to enjoy a range of beautiful North York Moors scenery including ancient woodland, fast flowing becks and rolling hills. The route is almost entirely downhill (the train doing the hard work on the return leg!) with just a short incline to contend with right at the end. There are no stiles on route, just several gates including a few kissing gates. The paths are all well-made and there is just one section alongside the river that becomes quite rocky with lots of steps within the rocks and tree roots. There are sheep on some of the paths so take care with dogs. The frequency of the train service varies throughout the days and months, so check on the website before you travel (www. nymr.co.uk). Dogs are allowed on the train for an additional charge. Allow 2 hours for the walk plus an additional 30 minutes for the rail journey.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A great walk,we walked out from Goathland over the moors on the opposite side of the valley and then followed this route back.

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