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Goathland and Mallyan Spout

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Goathland and Mallyan Spout
Author: Claire, Published: 13 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guidestar1 Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guidestar1 Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guidestar1 Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guidestar1 Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, N York Moors
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Goathland and Mallyan Spout
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guide boot Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guide boot Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guide boot Goathland and Mallyan Spout Walking Guide
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A short walk from the famous village of Goathland in the heart of the North York Moors. The walk gives you chance to explore the village itself (made famous as the set of TV drama ‘Heartbeat’) then descends into the valley to visit the Mallyan Spout waterfall and an enchanting stretch of the West Beck river before joining a section of the old railway for the climb back to the village.

There are several climbs and descents throughout (including long flights of steps) and to reach the Mallyan Spout waterfall you will need to scramble over a few hundred yards of rocks and boulders which can be very slippery so sturdy waterproof footwear is a must. There are no stiles, just a few gates. You will be sharing some of the paths with sheep so keep dogs under close control. There are toilets alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

Goathland is signed from the A169 Whitby to Pickering Road, just south of Sleights. The walk starts from the village pay and display car park on Beck Hole Road. Approximate post code YO22 5LX.

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Walk Sections

Start to Mallyan Spout Hotel
Start to Mallyan Spout Hotel

Start point: 54.4009 lat, -0.7175 long
End point: 54.3954 lat, -0.7265 long

Walk to the village end of the car park with the coach parking bays and fork right onto the paved path. Cross over and turn right along the village road. Keep ahead passing the long row of village shops on the left.

Amongst them you’ll notice Aidensfield Stores. Aidensfield is the fictional name for Goathland as the village setting for the Police TV drama ‘Heartbeat’ set in the 1960s. Alongside the stores you’ll often see an original Ford Anglia police car. The popular drama was first aired in 1992 and finished in 2010 with a total of 372 episodes.

At the end of the parade of shops, keep left to join the pavement passing Glendale House on the left. Keep ahead passing the full length of the village common/green on the left. Much of the land around Goathland is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. The Duchy’s tenants have a common right extending for hundreds of years to graze their sheep on the village green and surrounding moorland.

Keep ahead and you will come to the church on the left and the Mallyan Spout Hotel on the right.

Mallyan Spout Hotel to Mallyan Spout Waterfall
Mallyan Spout Hotel to Mallyan Spout Waterfall

Start point: 54.3954 lat, -0.7265 long
End point: 54.398 lat, -0.7325 long

Just after the stone bus shelter on the right, turn right through a kissing gate onto the footpath which runs immediately to the right of the hotel (signed for Mallyan Spout).

Follow the path downhill, taking care on some of the stone steps which can be slippery when wet. At the bottom of the slope you’ll come to a three-way sign post with the West Beck river running beyond. Turn left here signed to Mallyan Spout. Take care scrambling over the rocks which can be very slippery. You will reach the Mallyan Spout Waterfall pouring off the rocks to your left.

Mallyan Spout Waterfall to Incline Cottage
Mallyan Spout Waterfall to Incline Cottage

Start point: 54.398 lat, -0.7325 long
End point: 54.4073 lat, -0.7355 long

This deep ravine was cut by the West Beck river eroding the sandstone here over thousands of years. At this point the sides of the ravine are 20 metres high and almost vertical. The water pouring down from the moorland springs to the south cascade over the ravine sides here to create the Mallyan Spout waterfall. The mossy rocks, water mist and the sound of the water cascade make for a magical place that has been a draw for tourists since the 1850s.

When you’ve finished enjoying the waterfall, re-trace your steps with care back to the three-way junction. This time keep ahead signed to Beck Hole and cross the board walk following the path with the river running to the left.

Pass through the kissing gate and follow the enclosed path as it climbs alongside fields. Continue through several more gates with fields to the right and steep ravine down to the river on the left. At the top of the hill the views open up beyond the fields to the distinctive purple landscape of the open moors.

Continue ahead as the path begins to descend once again down some steep flights of steps. The path finally emerges to a T-junction with the old railway with Incline Cottage ahead.

Incline Cottage to End
Incline Cottage to End

Start point: 54.4073 lat, -0.7355 long
End point: 54.4014 lat, -0.7172 long

Turn right through the gate to begin the climb back along the old railway back towards Goathland.

The Whitby and Pickering Railway opened in 1836, designed and built to be used by horse-drawn carriages. This section was too steep for the horses; instead a water-driven winding station was used to haul the carriages up the steep incline.

Ahead you’ll reach a gate. Pass through this to reach a road, cross over and take the gate opposite to continue climbing on the old railway. At the top of this next slope, pass through the gate and turn right along the road. You will reach the car park where the walk began just a short distance along on the right.

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1 comments for "Goathland and Mallyan Spout"

kids absolutely loved this walk.

By stannard70 on 19 Jun 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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