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This lovely walk from Beck Hole to Goathland is the number one accessible route in the North York Moors National Park.
The whole route is flat and safe but also very scenic. It’s ideal for robust scooters and off-road 4×4 wheelchairs, such as the TerrainHopper. The route can be extended by starting at Grosmont and continuing onto Goathland.
If starting at Grosmont park in the NYMNP car park, the route crosses over the railway crossing and immediately turns right along the footpath in front of the cottages. Where the footpath divides take the left fork up the hill beside the church. Pass through the gates and descend the hill with care, joining the track alongside the railway.
Continue to the hamlet of Esk Valley, with its old ironstone miners cottages. From the hamlet to Beck Hole is a varied landscape of woodland and grassland, crossing the Murk Esk river twice.
The one pub in Beck Hole is well worth a visit. Alternatively, continue up the incline to Goathland where there’s a disabled loo and a choice of cafes.
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Return the same way or join the road at Beck Hole and head east on the country lane over the moor. Continue until you see the phone box at Green End, then take the tarmac farm track to the left downhill. Pass through the farm yards and remain on the tarmac down the very steep hill to the two fords in Grosmont.
In summer the water level is only 3 or 4 inches, but in winter… let’s just say choose your return route carefully!
Ian’s Verdict: A beautiful walk in the North York Moors. I led the Disabled Ramblers along this walk, and it was enjoyed by all. The scenery is stunning and varied.