Guest post by: Sharon Walton

Goathland is probably my favourite place in the world. I have been coming here since before my children were born (they are now 21 and 23). It never bores me – the countryside is just stunning and to see children and families with dogs actually walking is fantastic.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, you can walk for miles, stand on the bridge at the station as the steam train goes underneath you. Take a picnic lunch and sit by the river while you eat it. The children (and adults) will love playing in the river as well.

Things to do in Goathland

Goathland is a beautiful small village in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. It can be reached by steam train from Pickering or Whitby, Yorkshire Coastliner buses or by car. The steam train is very popular, especially among the kids as there aren’t many that actually run nowadays.

Many of the walks that Goathland has to offer, involve running through streams (or using the stepping stones), climbing up hills and exploring the countryside.

The Rail Trail from Goathland to Grosmont is a 3.5-mile walk down the old railway track (sturdy boots needed). There are two lovely pubs called a Beck Hole, and Birch Hall Inn. North Yorkshire’s smallest and quaintest pub, if you’re thirsty there are plenty of pubs when you arrive in Grosmont.

Mallyan Spout waterfall can be reached by a footpath close to the Mallyan Spout Hotel. This walk is an adventurous one, walking through rivers, over rocks, past waterfalls and up on to the moors. You should consider doing this walk if you are in the area.

The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway runs from Pickering to Whitby all year round and goes right through the middle of Goathland. The station is where Harry Potter arrived for his 1st year at Hogwarts!!


The train runs from Pickering daily through April to October, from 09.25 am with the last train leaving at 4 pm. Peak season is during the school holidays and summer where prices increase. You can find timetables and up to date information at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway here:

There are 3 campsites in Goathland: Abbot’s house farm, Brow house Farm, and Thornhill farm. They are great places to get away from it all. We stayed here numerous times with the family and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves every time. There are showers and toilets on site.

Goathland is also home to Heartbeat, the popular tv series set in the 60’s. The garage used in the series still remains today.

If you are looking for a fun day out, whether you are solo, traveling as a couple or friends, or are a family, Goathland is a lovely place in the UK and I would recommend you visit!

Another place to check out in Yorkshire is a beautiful little town called kettlewell