Goathland Waterfall Walk, Mallyan Spout & Goathland Station, North Yorkshire Walks, (Near Whitby)

One of the best walks in North Yorkshire: Goathland Waterfall Walk & Mallyan Spout, also taking in Goathland Station on the Moors Railway and the village setting for the TV Programme, Heartbeat. A beautiful village on the North York Moors near Whitby
The route of one of the best walks in North Yorkshire - the Goathland Waterfall walk, taking in Mallyan Spout Waterfall, Beck Hole and Goathland Station. Once you get to Beck Hole - you could venture up the path to see Thomason Foss, but once you get to the waterfall there is no through route so you would have to come back to Beck Hole to continue the walk.

One of the best walks in North Yorkshire: Goathland Waterfall Walk and Mallyan Spout, also taking in Goathland Station on the Moors Railway and the village setting for the TV Programme, Heartbeat. 

A beautiful village on the North York Moors near Whitby.


I'm starting to explore more areas in the North York Moors National Park now, and Goathland in particular is a lovely part of North Yorkshire that typifies everything that is special and unique about this area. (Photos will be uploaded soon - so please bare with me).

This walk starts at the Mallyan Spout Hotel, and you can park your car for free on the grass verges near the hotel. From there we headed up to New Wath farm along the road, before taking the footpath into Scar Wood, with the path following West Beck (which can be tricky at times, being quite rocky in places, and boggy in some parts, walking boots are definitely required). This route takes you right past Mallyan Spout, where you can feel the water mist of the tall waterfall in your face. From here the path leads to Beck Hole, where the Birch Hall Inn offers another place to stop for a drink or bite to eat if you haven't already.

From Beck Hole there are a number of routes you can take - to cut short your walk you can follow the road back to Goathland towards Darnholm, you can venture up a path to Thomasson Foss, which we did, but you have to come back to Beck Hole as there is no through route, with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway preventing you from going any further.  So, from Beck hole, having personally explored a few options, I recommend taking the route highlighted in this route map, and avoiding Thomasson Foss. This means following the road out of Beck Hole, over the Railway Bridge towards Hill Farm. From there I recommend taking the elevated route over the Moors (as highlighted), as opposed to the lower path, which closely follows the Railway to the north of the track (because this route is a little boggy, and the views higher up are much better).

This path takes you to the 'Sheep Bield' as shown in the top right part of the map route shown. It's then a case of heading south from here and following the Railway, with the path being to the east of the tracks. From here the route heads towards Goathland Station, where if your lucky you may see a steam train.

After crossing the Railway at Gothland Station - it's then a case of a more leisurely stroll on the roads through Goathland village, and experiencing the quaint setting for Heartbeat. There are some shops, pub and tea room if you decide to wonder around this wondefull little North Yorkshire Village.

As we were parked near the Mallyan Spout Hotel, we decided to grab a drink and some food (a tasty Sunday Carvery infact) in the Hotel.

All in all this was a wonderful walk that lasted around 2.5 hours and provided lots of different landscapes and sights. Definitely recommended and I will be heading back again no doubt, most probably in late summer when the heather is in full bloom on the Moors.





I hope you have enjoyed that little write up - and if you haven't been to Goathland before - it's a must see. even if you don't do the walk and just visit the village and Goathland station.