|Goathland Waterfalls Walk
circular route with a number of moderate climbs and some potentially
muddy riverside tracks. It visits four of the large waterfalls around
Goathland, with many other smaller falls and rapids worth viewing.
There are also good vantage points for the North Yorks Moors Railway,
if you choose the correct times to see the trains. There is a nice
combination of some moorland scenery near the start and finish with
riverside paths through the centre section.
Each waterfall is
worthy of an hour or so of photography itself, and is accessible
directly from nearby roads, so it might be best to consider this walk
as a good opportunity to reconnoitre, giving yourself the opportunity
to pick some spots to come back to at a later date.
|Approach & parking: Car
parking is available in the public Pay & Display car park just
town-ward of Goathland station. The walk starts here head back to the
main road and turn left towards the station.|
As the main road bears right follow the smaller road down to the
station. Cross the tracks through the pedestrian gates, or by the
footbridge if the trains are running
2. After crossing the tracks take the lower footpath to the left, signposted ‘Darnholm’.
Viewpoint - railway:
As the path descends into Darnholm there are good views along the
railway track, particularly for trains heading from Grosmont into
In Darnholm join the road (either by crossing the footbridge over the
river, or directly from the path) and turn right. About 20 yards past
the river take the footpath to the left, go left again across the
footbridge and up the steps out of the valley.
4. Turn left across the stile.
The path goes through a farm and through a gate into the field beyond.
Crossing the field there are views again of the railway below, at some
6. A footpath to the left drops down to the river at the railway bridge and footbridge
Viewpoint – Falls and bridge:
Don’t cross the river but turn right to follow the path alongside the
river. There is a memorial stone next to the river and small photogenic
From here the path runs parallel to the river, passing above Water Ark Foss (also known as Upper Thomason Foss)
Bench & Viewpoint – Water Ark Foss:
The path reaches a bench set against the fence under some trees. From
here there is another view up the railway line. A path to the left
allows you to scramble down (carefully!) under the railway bridge to
the riverside. Here there are good views up the river to Water Ark
Foss, framed by the arches of the bridge. Wellingtons are useful for
the best views!
Climb back up to the bench to continue the walk, following the path around the field edge.
The path meets a road at Hill Farm holiday cottages. Follow the road to
the left, turning left again over the railway bridge (with further good
views along the cutting). The road runs downhill into the small hamlet
of Beck Hole.
Just before the road bridge over the river a footpath to the left,
between walls, leads to Thomason Foss. Follow this footpath above and
alongside the river until you reach the falls.
Viewpoint – Thomason Foss:
The path ends near the falls, providing more great opportunities to
photograph the falls. They are particularly photogenic in autumn.
Retrace your steps back along the footpath to Beck Hole.
The Birch Hall Inn in Beck Hole has, in addition to the bars, a small
shop selling sweets and snacks. Just past the Inn turn right along the
marked bridleway, pass through two gates and then bear left (not
crossing the river).
Incline Cottage take the path to the right alongside the river. Follow
this up a fairly steep climb, along above the river and then down again
to reach a gate and boardwalk.
Viewpoint – Malyan Spout:
The path continues alongside the river, with some clambering over
stones, to reach Malyan Spout. The falls here are very different to
those on Eller Beck, with a long drop. You will need a wide angle lens
for the best photos. The path crosses the base of the falls themselves,
then continues across two bridges and onwards alongside the river.
From here the path alongside the river can be very muddy and eroded in
wet conditions. An alternative route is signposted. If conditions
allow, the riverside path is very picturesque with many tumbling falls
and mossy boulders.
Viewpoints - riverside: There are many spots to photograph the falls and riverside scenery along this stretch of the walk.
The riverside path ends at a road bridge. Turn left up the hill and
take the second footpath on the right past a farm and into the fields
The footpath across the field roughly follows the line of the pylons
(Don’t bear right) until the corner of the fenced field on the right is
After following the field edge until the corner of the fence turn right
(signposted “Foss”) and follow the edge of the field until the next
corner, then turn right again. The path descends towards the river and
a field wall. Another scramble downwards brings you onto the river bank
just below the falls of Nelly Ayre Foss.
Viewpoint – Nelly Ayre Foss: Nelly Ayre Foss is a lovely small waterfall in amongst the trees. Again a fairly wide angle lens will help with the best views.
the falls retrace your steps around the field back to the “Foss”
signpost, the follow the path to your right, diagonally up over the
fields, crossing above the line of the pylons to meet the road.
Turn left along the road and follow it all the way back into Goathland
– passing the Malyan Spout Hotel on the way.
Refreshments: There are several cafes in Goathland for refreshments. The walk ends back at the car park.
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|Photographs taken on this walk|
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