At first sight Goathland may seem to be all about open moorland and sheep wandering freely through the village as they graze the common. But rather than simply passing by on the way to the coast, it’s worth spending time here to uncover more of the history, the quirky character and the community spirit that shapes this scenic spot.

Back in 19th century Goathland rose in popularity as a mini spa town with people flocking to the 70-foot waterfall, Mallyan Spout, which today still plunges down a wooded ravine.

Goathland village (c) James Hines
Goathland village (c) James Hines

As you wander through the village, you’ll find yourself drawn towards the nostalgic huffing sound of the steam train as it pulls out of the station heading towards Grosmont or Pickering. It’s easy to imagine the Victorians strolling from the railway to test the restorative powers of the water.

There’s an industrial side to Goathland’s past too, which is worth exploring by walking towards Grosmont following the old railway line, which witnessed George Stephenson’s first passenger train. Now the route is peaceful and wooded but in the 1800s it was filled with the noises and smells of ironstone being mined and transported by rail.

Meanwhile for anybody who enjoys seeking out the work of local creative and musical talent or watching ancient customs then the village's The Goathland Hut Community Hub & Sports Pavilion is adept at putting on a regular programme of events throughout the year.

Plan your visit

Plan your visit


Car parks: National Park car park (YO22 5LX) and on Beck Hole Road (both pay and display)

Nearest public EV charging points – Whitby

Bike hire and repair Abbots House (YO22 5NH)

Pubs, cafés and restaurants

Post office offers cash withdrawals



Goathland Post Office Village Information Point

Download NYMR’s Stations Stories app to explore the history of Goathland Station

'Walks around Goathland’ walk leaflet – available at local shops - features five easy-to-follow circular walks with maps and information including a 6-mile walk with a section along Wheeldale Roman Road.

Buy the Rail Trail guidebook from local outlets to get the most from the 3.5 mile walk which runs up Stephenson's original railway line from Goathland, via Beck Hole, to Grosmont

Public toilets

Goathland car park YO22 5LX – accessible (RADAR key needed)

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Avoid parking on grass verges

Avoid parking on grass verges

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Stone stacking is not cool

Give nature a chance and take your rubbish and dog poo home

Give nature a chance and take your rubbish and dog poo home

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