The 'A' walk- 12/13 Miles approx.
The walk commences from the car park in Goathland. We walk from there to the train station and cross the rail track. Our route is planned to proceed along the edge of Goathland Moor up towards Darnholme. We then head for Hollins Garth, prior to entering the delightful Crag Cliff Wood emerging near St Matthews Church and reaching Grosmont. There are some good views along the way and the possibility of seeing steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway below. Hopefully there will also be a good show of flowers in bloom, especially in the wood.
After passing Grosmont train station we climb up to the Esk Valley Walk (the same as the 'B' Walk, but we will follow it nearly all the way into Whitby passing through both Sleights and Ruswarp). The walk is varied with woods, farmland and riverside pastures to enjoy on our way and has extensive views of the scenery and landscape on a clear day. On our way into Whitby we descend down onto the 'Cinder Track' (an old railway line that ran from Scarborough to Whitby). We walk along this track for a short distance passing under an impressive viaduct and descending into the town to finish at the train station.
The 'B' Walk- 8/9 Miles approx.
From the car park at Goathland we make our way to the Mallyan Spout Hotel, then go down through the wood to see the waterfall before going on down to Beck Hole with it's busy village green. Shortly after here we pick up the 'Historic Railway Route to Grosmont' from which we should see some steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
We pass Grosmont Station then pick up the Esk Valley Walk which climbs up a farm track and a pretty woodland path before gaining a very pleasant route along the top of the Esk Valley before descending down past the quaint Newbiggin Hall into Sleights from where we get the coach to take us into Whitby.