North York Moors Walk
Goathland & Howl Moors
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Walk Route Description
This North York Moors walk crosses Two Howes Rigg and circles the Goathland and Howl Moors. The Wheeldale Beck valley is very pretty and if you time the walk correctly you may even be able to line up with other spotters as a NYMR train comes past at Moorgates.
Park just up from the Eller Beck Bridge (grid ref. SE855986) and get the road section over first thing. It is probably best to wait until there is a good break in the traffic before going over the bridge - judging by the number of times the walls are rebuilt and given that there is no pavement. It is however, just a short, fast walk to get to the track at the other side that leads off down to Fen Bogs.
Go right at the track fork and cross over the NYMR track and up onto the moors path that leads all the way up to Simon Howe standing stones and cairn. Take the furthest path (of two quite close together) which leads south down Simon Howe Rigg.
At Wardle Green there is a bridge over the Blawath Beck before you go into the forestry area. Keep going south for a short while until you get to a crossroads at SE824962 then turn right and follow the forestry road to the next junction. Here, I chose the road to the right that goes via Gale Hill Point to Wheeldale Bridge. The advantage is that it is closer to the open country to the north; the disadvantage is you have to climb a gate at the end.
Go over the road "bridge" (which would be great fun in the ice and snow) then take the path up the Wheeldale Road path on the right. There is a pile of stones that indicates the path down Skivick Crag to the Wheeldale Beck stepping stones and there are some large boulders on the descent that would make a good stopping place.
Over the stepping stones take the path to the left towards Wheeldale Lodge and then Hunt House where there is a new sign indicating the bridleway on the right to Goathland. There are several paths skirting above the Hunt House Road and I chose one slightly below the rocks along the crest to your right. Similarly you can choose to cut through by The Tarn or continue around more northerly just above the road into Goathland.
In Goathland pass the church then take the path on your right towards the old "incline" railway track. Part of this path is unfortunately made into a "barbed wire corridor" for no obvious reason. At the old track turn right and follow it to Moorgates where you come to the road bridge for the NYMR track. With luck or good timing you may see something passing over the bridge.
From here it is a further 1km uphill back to the parking place.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2563 Egton Bridge & Grosmont from Goathland - moderate - 12.5 miles/20.3 km
Walk 3533 Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole from Goathland - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km
Walk 1758 Newton House Plantation & Stony Leas - moderate - 10.3 miles/16.7 km
Walk 1602 Saltergate, Fylingdales & Allerston High Moor - moderate - 11.5 miles/18.7 km
Walk 3534 Dundale Pond & Hole of Horcum from Saltergate - easy/mod - 5.2 miles/8.5 km
Walk 1743 Sneaton Thorpe & Littlebeck from May Beck - moderate - 8.9 miles/14.5 km
Walk 1930 Wheeldale Moor circular - moderate - 11.3 miles/18.4 km
Walk 1464 Blue Bank & Sleights Moor - easy/mod - 7.8 miles/12.6 km
Walk 3337 Dundale Pond from Levisham - easy - 4.8 miles/7.8 km
Walk 3585 Levisham, Skelton Tower & Hole of Horcum - easy/mod - 7.4 miles/12 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The North York Moors
This guidebook describes 50 circular day walking routes in the North York Moors. The moors offer no great height but cover seven regions; the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. There is also a four-day route following the classic Lyke Wake Walk.
Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales
Guidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.