Grosmont (pronounced 'Growmont') was once a hive of industry but is now a peaceful village huddled in the Esk Valley.

There are some tell-tale signs to the village’s character as you approach, notably the plume of steam and the railway tracks disappearing into a tunnel.

This, after all, is where ‘the father of railways’ George Stephenson's original railway from Whitby was being built that would go onto link to Pickering. The discovery of ironstone here made the development of the railway feasible and so back in the 1830s the village, then known simply as Tunnel, went from isolated hamlet to being a hotbed of industry almost overnight.

Today peace has returned but the railway remains very much the hub of the village, courtesy of the heritage steam train and the modern Esk Valley line taking passengers on a scenic journey between Middlesbrough and Whitby.

<Man in wheelchair watching the steam train Grosmont station (c) VisitBritain/Peter Kindersley
Watching the steam train at Grosmont station (c) VisitBritain/Peter Kindersley

Even before leaving the National Park car park, there are hints of Grosmont’s past as this was the site of a major ironworks in Victorian times where the surrounding mines would supply 1,000 tonnes of iron a week to feed the insatiable appetite of the three furnaces.

Where once brick chimneys stood, mine shafts were dug and tracks laid, nature has reclaimed these spaces leaving just gentle nods to their existence in the form of lumps and bumps in the landscape.

Another part of Grosmont’s heritage is also tied to the ironstone boom. Pop your head into the village shop, which is Britain’s oldest retail cooperative, established in 1867, and imagine those times when it served the scores of workers and their families.

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

Getting here

Esk Valley Railway – from Middlesbrough or Whitby

Arriva 96 (Whitby to Lealholm)

Catch the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam train from Pickering or Whitby


Car parks: National Park car park (YO22 5QE) and NYMR station car park (both pay and display)

Bike hire and repair Yorkshire Cycle Hub

Nearest public EV charging points – Whitby

Post Office in Grosmont Co-op offers cash withdrawals

Cafés and pub, including a tearoom at the railway station when line open


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 Grosmont, via Beck Hole, to Goathland

Public toilets

In village YO22 5QE - accessible (RADAR key needed) (maintained by Scarborough Borough Council)

NYMR toilets available at Grosmont Station

Help our rivers

There’s lots we can all do to help our rivers, either at home or out and about. Here’s a few tips.

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Keep it clean - stop the spread

Keep it clean - stop the spread

Respect wildlife

Respect wildlife

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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