East from Egton Bridge to Grosmont alongside the River Esk, then further east to meet the footpath at Lowther’s Crag. South across moorland past Arundel Hill all the way to Goathland railway station. West into the village, then north-west along minor roads to Beck Hole. North to Grosmont via the Rail Trail footpath, and back to Egton Bridge on the same River Esk track used earlier. An 11-mile walk in the North York Moors.

The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North York Moors Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL27, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.

The picturesque railway station at Grosmont.

Heading south-west across the moors towards Arundel Hill.

The steps down to the Eller Beck ford at Darnholm.

Stepping stones and ford over Eller Beck in Darnholm.

Time for lunch by the side of Eller Beck.

Eller Beck near Darnholm.

Lynn and Angy plant a daffodil in memory of their dear friend and walking colleague Val, who passed away in December 2019. In October 2018 Val, Lynn, Angy and I were in this area and sat on a bench in this exact spot to admire the views. It was to be Val’s last ‘proper’ walk, because shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. RIP Val.

Goathland railway station photographed from the footbridge which crosses the two lines.

The Goathland Hotel in Goathland, better known as The Aidensfield Arms from the popular TV series Heartbeat.

Aidensfield Garage and Scripp’s Funeral Services in Goathland, as seen in the TV series Heartbeat.

The Birch Hall Inn public house in Beck Hole. Founded around 1860, it is a Grade 2 listed building.

Looking down on the North York Moors Railway engine sheds from a popular viewpoint just south of Grosmont on the Rail Trail footpath.