Before Heartbeat was in full flow and way before Harry Potter, tourists flocked to Goathland for a different reason. The beautiful village in the North York Moors National Park has been pulling in visitors for hundreds of years. One attraction that had people flocking over to the beautiful area is the experience of the unique and beautiful walk to the Mallyan Spout waterfall.
Located near Whitby, you can park up at the Mallyan Spout Hotel. The walk allows you to explore the village itself, including the famous Goathland train station, made famous by Harry Potter. It’s a sprawling, idyllic village of that’s well worth taking the time to wander around before setting off on your walk toward one of Yorkshire’s most impressive waterfalls.
In Goathland, the initial section of the walk follows the pavement alongside the village road. On the way down into the wooded valley, there are steps. Before heading off and descending into the spectacular wooded valley en route to the Mallyan Spout waterfall, there are several lesser-known lovely sites in the area.
The 3-mile Mallyan Spout Waterfall walk heads out towards Scar Wood, following the River Esk, along which you’ll find the Mallyan Spout, which has had visitors captivated since the Victorian era. There are signs along the way so, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to find.
The waterfall has a lush covering of vegetation surrounding it on each side and is an impressive sight to witness as you arrive with the water flinging itself over the drops of around 60 ft. It really is an incredible sight and one you won’t forget in a hurry – that’s for sure.
Along the Mallyan Spout Waterfall walk, you will get to see other great views such as New Wath Bridge, some mini waterfalls, the beautiful water arc foss and more when you walk along with the enchanting stretch of the West Beck river.
It’s a really beautiful waterfall, that you can climb toward for a closer look, and in summer it would be perfect to cool off and enjoy a little swim or a picnic next to it. Be careful on large slippery rocks near the waterfall.
The waterfall is lush with greenery and is the tallest waterfall in the North York Moors. The water that cascades from Mallyan Spout come from springs in the moorland above Goathland finding its way downhill until New Wath Scar.
Join the old railway section of the climb towards the village and head over to Beck Hole, where you can visit Yorkshire’s Smallest pub, The Birch Hall Inn. Beck Hole is another grand little village, which is great to stop off and enjoy a well-earned pint before setting off back towards Goathland.
Whilst at Beck Hole, you can also visit the tunning Thomason Fos waterfall, which is also a popular spot for wild swimming in the summer months. The water is the size of a swimming pool making it the perfect wild swimming opportunity.
There are some changes to take in the wildlife, such as sheep roaming in some parts. It’s a scramble at times, and there are some steep climbs and descents but the overall walk is enjoyable and one to tick off the bucket list.