A really interesting day out which has a bit of everything. The Rail Trail is a circular route including a rail journey on the historic North Yorkshire Moors railway and historical walk taking in some of the beautiful North York Moors countryside.
After pick up from your accommodation, we’ll arrive at Grosmont Station before boarding an old steam train for a short journey along the Eskdale line through scenic countryside to Goathland. The line follows the route of George Stephenson’s original railway line of 1836. You will also get chance to see the world’s earliest horse-drawn passenger railway tunnel built a couple of years earlier.
On arrival at Goathland Station (as featured in the first Harry Potter movie as Hogs Mead) there will be chance to walk along the High Street and explore this lovely village with its olde worlde shops and take refreshments in one of the many tea rooms. You’ll recognize many of the scenes as the popular TV series Heartbeat was filmed in and around the village.
We’ll then start the walking part of the trail, which takes approximately 2 hours at a leisurely stroll. (approx. 3.5 miles). Along the walk we’ll point out things of interest as we walk to first Beck Hole where there may be time for a quick drink in the village pub. The path then continues through woodland back to Grosmont Station.
Back in Grosmont Village there will be time to take a look at the Engine Sheds where locomotives get some well, deserved restoration and can be viewed from the platforms outside of the shop. We’ll also visit the Norman Church built in the 1200’s before our return home.