Goathland and Grosmont Rail Path is a 3.5 mile 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, running, and bird watching.

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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.

It is easiest to start in Grosmont and catch the train to Goathland first, before walking back. This way you won't need to worry about the speed you're walking and whether you'll miss the train. Grosmont Station is served by trains from Whitby or from Pickering. If you're coming by car, Grosmont is accessed from the A169, which itself meets the A171 main road just a mile west of Whitby. There is a pay and display car park directly alongside the station in Grosmont (£5 per car per day in June 2013). Approximate post code YO22 5QE.

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Karen Fawdington
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Lovely walk through the wood and dry mud free paths with a river for the dog to pay in. The return trip to Goathland on the steam train was brilliant

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David Jacobs
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail as an easy walk for anyone to try, park at goathland and walk to grosmont then get the steam train back very nice afternoon

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Jack Youd
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Lovely easy walk. Quite busy. Some good spots to watch the steam trains near Grosmont

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Mark Hellewell
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Hiked to Gromont from Goathland and back on the steam train.

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Marie Prime
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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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Paul Rowland
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Bryan Harvey
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Phil Bowmaker
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