Goathland, Mallyan Spout & the Wheeldale Roman Road - Monday 14 September 2015
Goathland - Beck Hole - Mallyan Spout - Scar Wood - Hazel Head - Wheeldale - Hunt House - Goathland
On the verge near The Mallyan Spout Hotel (Free) - Grid Ref NZ827007
Mainly good paths however the section through the gorge either side of Mallyan Spout requires care to be taken as the surface is rocky and can be slippery in wet weather. There are stepping stones to be crossed just after the Roman Road over Wheeldale Beck. In both cases after heavy rain, the gorge and the stepping stones may be impassable.
Overcast yet mild
OL27 - North York Moors (Eastern Area)
Goathland is a lovely moorland village and will be known to most people as the setting for the popular TV series "Heartbeat". The fact that the series was filmed hereabouts is evident from the throngs of people bimbling around the village - and also that there are many props still to be seen such as Bernie Scripps Garage and a couple of the Ford Anglia Police Cars on the main road.
The walk today was another we had done before - 4 years ago. Starting from just outside the village, the walk visits the waterfall of Mallyan Spout and has much scenic variety, in particular the gorge containing the Spout plus bare and open moorland with extensive views. It also has historic interest as it transits a well-preserved part of the Wheeldale Roman Road. Add in to this a chance to see the steam engines of the North York Moors Railway and you have a day packed with interest and one to enjoy.
The walk starts just outside the village near the Church and the Mallyan Spout Hotel where there is verge parking for quite a few cars. From the Mallyan Spout Hotel there is a walk of just under half a mile to reach the main village thoroughfare from where the sights of Goathland await you - along with quite a few people. We did the tourist bit for a while then made our way down the hill to Goathland Station to the excellent Tea Room - they do not take the mickey with prices here and whilst we were sampling their fare we were lucky enough to see the famous steam engine Sir Nigel Gresley pull in to the Station. Film buffs will also know that Goathland Station was used as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films.
Making our way back into the village we headed on the way to Beck Hole which passes the large Car Park before joining a good path (the Grosmont Rail Trail) through woodland to reach the hamlet and its lovely pub that also doubles as a shop. Doubling back to the edge of Carr Wood the route now heads uphill by the side of the forest and eventually reaches the impressive Mallyan Spout via a sometimes slippery & rocky path. Care needs to be taken in and around the vicinity of the Spout, as the rock can be extremely slippery. Mallyan Spout drops some 70ft and is an impressive sight, particularly after rain.
Leaving the Spout, the route continues through the gorge to reach a road before heading over farmland giving great views over the valley. The route now reaches the Wheeldale Roman Road, built around AD80 and is believed to be part of a moorland route from Malton to the North Sea Coast - there are other theories that pre date the road earlier than Roman. Leaving the Roman Road at a small cairn, the route now heads over moorland before dropping down a heathery path to Wheeldale Beck, crossing via the Stepping Stones. From the beck, the path heads to Hunt House from where there is a choice of routes back to Goathland - either follow the road back or enjoy a super moorland ramble over Two Howes Rigg to eventually reach the verge near The Mallyan Spout Hotel.
This is a lovely walk and apart from the throngs in Goathland and a few people at Mallyan Spout we saw nobody. We finished the walk off with another visit to the Station where we were lucky enough to see Sir Nigel Gresley again before heading off into nearby Whitby for a visit to the Abbey followed by Fish & Chips!
St Mary's Church in Goathland
Goathland Village Green
A quick half in The Aidensfield Arms? I don't think so.
There were a couple of these about - being utilised to raise money for charity
Couldn't resist a photo outside Bernie Scripps garage - lots of Heartbeat tat a plenty to be found here
Goathland Station aka Hogsmeade Station of Harry Potter fame
Like going back in time
You have been warned Fudge - Skimbleshanks and his mates are about!!
Nice pasties and cakes here
Nice pasties and cakes here
The lovely bridge over Goathland Station
The steam engine "Sir Nigel Gresley" pulling into Goathland Station
Leaving Goathland for the path to Beck Hole
Shop, pub etc - the Birch Hall Inn at Beck Hole
Saucy sign leaving Beck Hole
Heading to Mallyan Spout - once the Spout is reached there is an option to return to Goathland
The route alongside West Beck is a challenging one after heavy rain - lots of uneven wet rock to negotiate
West Beck near Mallyan Spout
The Spout drops about 70 feet from New Wath Scar
The bridge over West Beck - the old bridge supports can still be seen
Nearing the start of the Roman Road
The Wheeldale Roman Road
Leaving the Roman Road, the route headed down through the bracken to Wheeldale Beck
The Stepping Stones over Wheeldale Beck
At the end of the walk we were lucky to see Sir Nigel Gresley again in Goathland Station
Whitby Abbey panoramic
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