Clues To Go    -    North Yorkshire Moors Rail Trail

For a sunny summer morning or afternoon outing with family or friends, this route is well recommended. It sticks to the official Rail Trail route, starting at Goathland Station (famous for being Hogwarts station in the Harry Potter films), passing by the Aidensfield Hotel from 'Heartbeat' before dipping down into a sheltered valley that snakes through the North Yorkshire Moors for 3 miles to Grosmont.

On  some summer days or weekends, Goathland can get very busy and the car park fills up quickly. There are two large car parks in Grosmont (the larger one is on the road leading out of the village towards Egton), so its recommended you park in Grosmont & take the steam train the short, 30 minute journey to Goathland & the start of the route.

The best way to cover this route is to drive or take the train to Grosmont. Then take the short train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway to Goathland. You can then enjoy a very pleasant walk back down the valley of the Murk Esk river, along the old, dismantled railway line of George Stephenson.

 

If you require some refreshments on the way, divert to the village of Beck Hole & stop by the quirky, small pub there, the Birch Hall Inn. Open all day in the summer months, serving sandwiches, pies, teas etc as well as traditional ales.

 

 

You can, of course, walk both ways. Apart from short stretches at the beginning & end, the majority of the route is on the level. The Moorland authorities have added footbridges & keep the footpath well maintained.

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