Grosmont Station Land of Iron Circular Walk

This three to four hour circular walk follows what is known as the "Rail Trail", the original rail route from Whitby through to Pickering via Goathland. Arrive by Northern Railway at Grosmont from Whitby or Middlesbrough, or from Pickering on the NYMR and this 7 mile walk takes between 3 and 4 hours. Much of the walk follows the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, so you will see steam and or diesel running most of the year.

Technical sheet
No. 5427286
A Grosmont walk posted on 22/02/21 by Esk Valley Railway. Update : 23/02/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 6.63mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 581ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 584ft
Highest point Highest point : 518ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 112ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Grosmont
Starting point Starting point : N 54.436381° / W 0.725564°
Download : -
Site of the Beck Hole Ironworks View over Darnholm for view of trains Grosmont View from 1870s Grosmont Station NYMR Crossing


(D/A) Depart Grosmont Station, cross the car park and turn left over the level crossing. Turn immediately right, alongside the railway line. Follow the signs to the Engine Sheds but veer right up the slope past St Matthew Church (worth a look in).

(1) Pause at the viewing point overlooking Grosmont to see how Grosmont looked in the 1870s.

(2) At Esk Valley, you can take a short detour to see the old minehead or choose to continue along the old Railway line to Beck Hole.

(3) If you are feeling thirsty and hungry, try the pub at Beck Hole, the Birch Hall Inn. Follow the incline up towards Goathland; horses once pulled carriages up here, helped by counter-weighted carriages heading in the opposite direction! At the top of the incline, you can continue into the "Heartbeat" village with shops and pubs,

(4) Turn left at the top of the incline and follows the road to Darnholm - there are many good viewing points for the NYMR.

(5) Cross the river and take the first path to the left up a steepish, stepped hill. At the top, keep left until you come to a crossroads in the paths, left again down to a farm (not marked on older maps). You are now heading due west with the NYMR and river below you. Continue to Hill Farm and join the road into Beck Hole briefly before walking through farm buildings to Green End.

(6) The walk stays more or less on the same contour, through some woods and fields. There was once a tramway down to Esk Valley taking whinstone from the disused quarries that are still visible.

(7) The path joins a road just above the river, cross the footbridge and you come up behind the church where you rejoin the path to the engine sheds and out to the main road. There are two pubs, the Station Tavern, and the Crossing Club (you need to sign in as it is a private bar, but visitors are very welcome.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 115ft - Grosmont Station
1 : mi 0.24 - alt. 174ft - Viewpoint overlooking Grosmont
2 : mi 0.8 - alt. 141ft - Esk Valley Mine Head
3 : mi 2.38 - alt. 223ft - Beck Hole
4 : mi 3.04 - alt. 443ft - Darnholm
5 : mi 3.58 - alt. 390ft - Darnholm viewing point for NYMR Trains
6 : mi 5.2 - alt. 384ft - Green End
7 : mi 5.58 - alt. 328ft - Location of the old tramway down to Esk Valley
D/A : mi 6.63 - alt. 115ft - Grosmont Station

Useful Information

The walk on the way down is along a well maintained path following the old railway and so is fairly flat after the first hill. Trainers would be fine for this half of the walk BUT returning on the east side of the railway, it can be boggy with some rough terrain in places and good waterproof walking boots are recommended. It is a walk of between 3 and 4 hours so take some water and food with you.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

There are several interpretation boards on the way down. These are part of the Land of Iron project run by the North York Moors National Park which was tasked with highlighting the industrial activities of the late 1800s and how it has shaped the landscape.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.08/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.75/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 13 Sep 2021 09:53:55 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 13/09/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

The map unfortunately was not great. The first part leading towards the waterfall was lovely, we really enjoyed it as we did the rest of the trail till Grosmont.
The description was very useful too. The trail had plenty of signs and it was very easy to follow it.
Going back to Goathland was horrible though. There are no signs with directions so we had to ask around.
The walk continued up the steep hill and on the road! Didn't expect that at all. There were no signs whatsoever so we had to use Google maps at one point to make sure that we were heading to the right direction. Did we take a wrong turn somewhere? It was really confusing.
Also, it's not a good idea to do this part on a hot and sunny day, especially for more senior walkers. Too steep, too hot, no trees or other shelter.
My husband and I completed this walk in about 4hrs. It's not so easy as described by other walkers too. Some parts of it are extremely dangerous and are suitable only for very fit people. We saw a man falling of a rock into the river from 4mtrs High and getting hurt so badly that he had to be airlifted a hospital.
We would do this walk again, but would definitely avoid the hill walk part.

on Fri 10 Sep 2021 19:35:03 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/09/21
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

A good walk with plenty to see, but the route instructions are vague in places.

If you do this walk, turn right to the Grosmont view point at the T junction (gated) next to the St Matthew's church in Grosmont.

After Darnholm and passing through Lins Farm after the steep steeps take the higher footpath passing above Hill Farm to get to Hollin Garth. It avoids a road walk past the route to Beck Hole.

on Mon 14 Jun 2021 10:48:00 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 09/06/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

An enjoyable walk but more strenuous than the description suggests ! Need to be relatively fit and agile.

on Mon 10 May 2021 09:19:18 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 10/05/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

a very enjoyeable walk but a few very steep climbs,

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