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Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular

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Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 15 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide star1 Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide star1 Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide star1 Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide star1 Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide boot Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide boot Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Grosmont in the North York Moors, North Yorkshire. This is a pretty walk beginning on the old railway track bed, before continuing through woods and out on to the edge of the moors. Your pooch is free to be off the lead most of the time. If you are a fan of Steam or are one of those riding the nostalgia wave, then the start and finish at Grosmont will be a treat. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway station has a platform cafe and you can take your pooch on a steam train ride too! The walk retraces part of the original Whitby to Pickering railway built by George Stephenson and opened in 1836 as a horse drawn tramway. After being sold to George Hudson the so-called Railway King in 1845, the line was upgraded to use steam locomotives, before being superseded by what is now the NYMR 20 years later. (Remember, if you want to incorporate a train ride into your walk, you may prefer to try the alternative iFootpath walk, Goathland and Grosmont Rail Trail).

The walk has several steady gradients plus one steep climb on the road out of Beck Hole. The paths are mainly firm, but can get muddy towards the end of the walk. You will need to negotiate two single stiles (both with dog gates) plus one double stile (which dogs may need a lift over). There are also several gates, footbridge and steps on route. One stretch of the walk crosses pastures that may be holding sheep. Please keep your dog on the lead when sheep are about, on the small section of road walking and at the station, other than that, there are plenty of opportunities to have a good romp and a swim. Allow 2.5 hours.

Grosmont is signposted from the A169 Whitby to Pickering road and the A171 Whitby to Middlesbrough road. The walk starts at Grosmont Station. The station has its own car park or follow the road under the railway to the North York Moors National Park car park on the right. Both are pay-and-display. Approximate post code YO22 5QE. You could arrive by train, using the Middlesbrough to Whitby service operated by Northern Rail, or the NYMR itself from Pickering or Whitby. Alternatively, Bus 99 operated by M&D Mini Coaches runs to Grosmont five times per day (except Sundays) from Whitby.

Walk Sections

Start to Cinder Path
Start to Cinder Path

Start point: 54.4357 lat, -0.7247 long
End point: 54.4314 lat, -0.7269 long

From the station cafe, cross the railway line by the level crossing and take a path in front of some cottages on the right. Cross the suspension bridge over the Murk Esk and follow the ‘Goathland Rail Trail’, left at the fork uphill towards a church. Keeping the church to your left, continue uphill towards a kissing gate with a sign pointing towards the ‘Rail Trail’. Your dog should now be free to be off the lead as you turn to the right and continue uphill with Grosmont NYMR locomotive depot visible through the trees to your left.

Immediately ahead there is a sign for the ‘Goathland Rail Trail’. Follow the path to the left and continue downhill through two gates to a cinder path right alongside the railway line, where locomotives may be seen parked.

Cinder Path to Beck Hole
Cinder Path to Beck Hole

Start point: 54.4314 lat, -0.7269 long
End point: 54.4098 lat, -0.7369 long

Turn right and follow the path – the bed of the original railway track, straight ahead towards the pretty settlement of Esk Valley. At the line of railway cottages, continue onwards through the gate ahead of you, still on the old track bed path, into a wooded area. The path is wide and quite flat, suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, as well as allowing a good romp round for dogs!

Keep following the obvious path through gates and over a wooden footbridge, with the NYMR visible to your left climbing through the trees. On your right is the Murk Esk again, and your dog may wish to enjoy a quick paddle as the path eventually closes to run alongside.

At the next footbridge, stay on the same side of the Murk Esk leaving the accessible path, and taking a more rugged route uphill – ignoring the sign for Egton. Keep ahead on the unsigned but clear and obvious route through the trees, before coming to a wall on the right with a clear view of fields. The path rises to a gate, beyond which is the road into Beck Hole, so make sure your pooch is put back on the lead before entering the pretty village – a good place to stop for tea and sandwiches are the benches on the green.

Beck Hole to Farm Lane
Beck Hole to Farm Lane

Start point: 54.4098 lat, -0.7369 long
End point: 54.42 lat, -0.7297 long

Immediately to the left of the gate, the road climbs steeply as it bends sharply to the right and then the left before crossing the railway – a good place to watch the steam trains go by. After the bridge, turn left and continue up the road for a short while to a farm on the left, just after a pathway joins the road from the moor to your right. Passing the farm buildings, there is a waymarked gate to the left. Follow this path through the fields and gates – which may well have sheep grazing in them, until reaching a farm. Pass through the farm and turn left onto a tarmac lane.

Farm Lane to Track
Farm Lane to Track

Start point: 54.42 lat, -0.7297 long
End point: 54.4313 lat, -0.7233 long

At the end of the lane, look for a green and white public bridleway sign to your right. Take this path through a gate and then another waymarked gate on to a grassy path towards a track lined with Hawthorne hedges – dogs are usually fine off lead here.

Continue downhill to a gate (with a sign saying ‘Bridleway Closed’ when we walked). Turn off the bridleway here, following the yellow arrow indicating a footpath to Grosmont and taking the path down towards the trees to your right. Follow the rugged, obvious path through woodland to cross a stile (with dog gate). Continue onwards to your right and take another stile (with a dog gate), before emerging onto the edge of a meadow and talking the obvious path to your left.

Ahead is a double stile – you may need to lift your dog over it – and the path continues into the next meadow. Continue downhill towards a footbridge and enter woodlands again. Keep ahead as the path climbs into the trees towards a gate on the right. Pass through the gate and turn left through the field keeping the tree line to your left, until meeting a track coming down the hill from the right.

Track to End
Track to End

Start point: 54.4313 lat, -0.7233 long
End point: 54.4359 lat, -0.7248 long

Join the track and pass through a gate before following a public footpath sign downhill along the wide lane – traffic does occasionally use this lane so keep your dog under control. At the sign for a ford, take the public footpath indicated to the left and cross a footbridge over the Murk Esk again before climbing a flight of stone steps back to the church by the railway at Grosmont. Follow the path through the churchyard and return to Grosmont station.

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2 Comments for: "Grosmont and Beck Hole Circular"

Great walk . Easy to follow. Loved the first part seeing the steam trains and the woodland walk areas and our dog loved the beck for a paddle. £5 to park at Grosmont station (have coins ready just in case as it was coins only today) 😊

By charlene43 on 02 Aug 2018

Fantastic walk. Great for the dog. Some lovely views and plenty of steam trains.

By SChappy25 on 15 May 2018

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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