Fifteen of us met at The Mallyann Spout Hotel in Goathland North Yorkshire for our nine mile walk from Goathland to Grosmont and return. The weather was not very promising but turned out better than we expected.
Goathland is a village and civil parish in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, and is the first station from Grosmont on the line to Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
We set off on our anticlockwise route from the hotel along field paths to past Abbots House across the footbridge and up on the moor looking down on Goathland Station. After which we passed Darnholm and up once again onto the moorland along the east side of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We then followed a clearly visible footpath through fields and woods to reach the village of Grosmont.
Until the coming of the railway there was nothing at Grosmont except for a farm and the remains of a 13th century priory. However underfoot there was ironstone, discovered around the same time as the railway was being laid. This led to mines and blast furnaces being built. By the 1890’s this was in decline and the village became much quieter.
After having our packed lunches at the Grosmont Station picnic area we set off to walk back to Goathland via the track now a footpath of the original railway line which was rerouted in July 1865. Deviating to view Mallyann Spout prior to climbing up numerous steps to reach our starting point.