North York Moors Walk
Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole from Goathland
Walk Route Description
This short walk in the North York Moors National Park starts from the attractive village of Goathland which featured in the TV series 'Heartbeat' which was set in the 1960's. The route passes some reminders of the TV series, provides the opportunity to visit the parish church and continues down to Mallyan Spout waterfall. The onward route continues to Beck Hole from where the old railway incline is used to return to the village.
The start is the main pay and display car park in the village opposite the shops (grid ref. NZ832013). Exit the car park and turn right past the shops (on your left). You will immediately see remiders of the TV series. Continue along the pavement for about half a mile to reach the parish church (on your left) and the Mallyan Spout Hotel (on your right).
Take the signed footpath to the right of the hotel (grid ref. NZ827007). The path descends quite steeply down into a wooded valley to reach a path junction beside the West Beck (grid ref. NZ824011). Turn left here and walk beside the beck. The path ends and you have to scramble across a rocky area to reach the Mallyan Spout waterfall which is on your left. After rain the rocks may be slippery, so care is needed. However the advantage after heavy rain is that the waterfall will be very impressive!
After viewing the waterfall retrace your steps to the path junction. Go straight ahead here signed to Beck Hole. The path undulates and runs parallel with West Beck to reach a cottage at the foot of the old railway incline at Beck Hole (grid ref. NZ821020). Turn right up the well-made path that climbs up to Goathland. This incline was used to haul railway wagons from Grosmont up to Goathland before the current railway was constructed.
Continue up the clear path. Reaching a road, go straight across. The path then leads out onto another road. Keep right here and continue to the centre of the village. Turn right and the car park is on your right.
NoteAlternative free parking is available on the grass verge near the Church. However, do not use the Mallyan Spout Hotel's parking.
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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.