Goathland, Beckhole and Darholm
Goathland is a small traditional moors village but has a lot to offer as a popular tourist destination. Set in the middle of open moors where sheep wander the village, you are never far from the heather, bracken and spectacular views. The village has been a popular walking and nature destination for many years. Goathland's proximity to Whitby doesn't hurt either giving the best of both worlds, village life on the moors and a small fishing town.
Set in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Goathland, a delightful moorland village provides peace, tranquility and a perfect walking or touring base. Goathland also has a station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which connects with Rail Tracks National Network at Grosmont.
Want to see something of the area, leave the car and yet not too strenuous? A walk along the valley will bring you to a delightful place that is a mecca for walkers, artists, families and photographers.
This quiet 'hole' is literally on the beck that runs through Goathland and down the valley and was once a stop on the old railway line. One side of the valley is all woods the other steeply rises to the existing steam railway line and up to the open moors. It has its own entity from Goathland, a quieter pace of life but still busy due to its popularity. Lean over the bridge and watch the water flow by, catch a game of Quoits, have the top half in the local pub with a quarter of jelly babies from their sweet shop!
Birch Hall Inn
Probably the smallest pub you've seen for years... just two bars with a sweet shop in the middle where time has stood still for generations. Your hosts are Neil & Glenys Crampton.
A pleasant and varied circular walk taking you over the railway line up the moors then steps down into Darnholm. The walk will then take you back through the quieter side of the village. The river crossing at Darnholme is by a wooden foot bridge or traditional stepping stones next to the ford. From the bottom of Darnholm you can see the steam trains go by on their way up and down the valley. You can come back through the village up or up over the moor to Beckhole. On a sunny day families gather here for paddling, ball games and picnics.