Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Walking the Rail Trail

Monday was a lovely sunny day and we headed out into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park to walk the Rail Trail from Grosmont to Goathland.
The Rail Trail is a walk of about three miles following the route of George Stephenson's original railway line of 1836 when the mining of iron ore was a thriving industry around Grosmont. The original railway didn’t use steam locomotives and was eventually replaced after several fatal accidents as a result of a line breaking which was used to haul carriages up the steep incline from Beck Hole to Goathland.
As you walk along the Rail Trail the miners cottages are still occupied today. The path follows the valley of the Murk Esk passing through woodland and more open pasture land. In places it’s possible to see the steam locomotives making their way along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Goathland.
We decided to let the train take the strain on our return journey to Grosmont. We had time for a cup of coffee from the station’s tea room whilst we waited for our train along with lots of other tourists. 
The train soon whisked us back to Grosmont where we'd parked the car and we began our journey back home.


  1. what a great day for you perfect weather and scenery I do envy you up there in "gods own country"

    1. Thought you might recognise the Esk valley miner's cottages. It was a great day for walking not too hot and we even caught sight of the sea.

  2. What a stunning place, and beautiful weather by the look of it. Glad you had a good day.

    1. We've had some rather wet days on the Moors too. Snow hangs around a long time up there in winter and spring. Great day though.


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