Goathland is truly a beautiful village, hidden away in the North Yorkshire Moors
Goathland is a bracing moorland village situated on the eastern edge of the North York Moors National Park. Close to Whitby, York and the Yorkshire Coast it’s an ideal base for walkers, history buffs and holiday makers alike. To help you plan your visit to Goathland we’ve researched the local area to bring you the best places to eat and drink, a shortlist of the best places to stay and found out all the best of the things to see and do. But first, here’s a few words on the history of this mythical place to whet your appetite and to inspire your visit.
History of Goathland
Historically known as ‘Godelandia’, the area now known as Goathland was gifted to Osmund the Priest and the brethren of the hermitage by King Henry I. The king granted this land in memory of the soul of his mother Queen Matilda, as recorded in the charter of 1109, which is held at Whitby Abbey.
Another thrilling tale of the history of Goathland is that of Wade’s Causeway, which runs across Wheeldale Moor, and widely known as the ‘Roman road’. The causeway has been confirmed to pre-date the Roman legacy and could possibly be medieval in age, but local legend has it that the road was built by a certain Wade the Giant. Well worth a look when you’re there to see what you think.
Goathland, or ‘Good Land’, or even ‘Goda’s Land’, is a popular tourist village situated in the North York Moors and is 40 miles from York and just nine miles from Whitby, which makes this wonderful moorland village a top choice for walkers seeking easy access to the best of the region.
Goathland has a number of famous connections including an appearance in the hit ITV show ‘Heartbeat’, you may remember the village was called ‘Aidensfield’, with characters such as ‘Greengrass’ and housewives favourite Nick Berry, playing the role of local bobby, ‘PC Nick Rowan’. More recently Goathland Railway Station appeared in the internationally known Harry Potter films, as ‘Hogsmeade’. Is that Ron Weasley over there on the platform?
Pubs in Goathland
The Inn On The Moor
The Inn On The Moor is a dog friendly pub with rooms featuring an iconic custom made motorcycle at the centre of it’s bar. This striking focal point is a tribute and memorial to a local friend of the bar. Enjoy a hot meal in the restaurant or a cool beverage in the bar. The menu provides home cooked food using fresh seasonal ingredients and in the bar there is a selection of beers from breweries near and far, including wines and spirits from around the world.
The Goathland Hotel
You may have heard of the Goathland Hotel by its other name – ‘The Aidensfied Arms’. The pub was filmed as ‘The Aidensfield Arms’ in the hit ITV series, ‘Heartbeat’, which was a very popular television programme in the UK during the early 1990’s. Happily, the owners Keith and Jean with their daughters Hannah and Sophie, have kept the local village pub tradition alive and provide fine real ales, excellent home cooked food and hotel accommodation. Will you spot ‘Claude Jeremiah Greengrass’ supping a cheeky half at the bar?
Mallyan Spout Hotel takes its name from the nearby waterfall, just a stones throw from the grounds and one of the main attractions to see during your stay in Goathland. The bar and restaurant are open to the public, so you need not stay at the hotel to enjoy these facilities. Famed for its Sunday roast, Mallyan Spout is a great place to relax after a long days walking across the stunning North York Moors. Mallyan Spout Hotel offers room service and champagne on arrival for those seeking to impress their companion can be provided on request.
Goathland Tea Rooms
Service with a smile is guaranteed at the Goathland Tea Rooms. Serving up a wide selection of baked goods; pastries, pies, cakes, sandwiches and many other delicious home baked goodies, this charming tea room, situated in a former doctors surgery, is just what the doctor ordered. Wash down your favourite slice of heaven with a ‘proper’ cup of tea, made with Yorkshire Tea, the finest brew in all the land. Don’t forget to visit the gift store next door for all those last minute souvenirs and curiosities. Website: www.goathlandtearooms.co.uk
Birch Hall Inn (Beck Hole)
Not strictly in Goathland but historically of interest and certainly a place that you’ll come across on your stay in the village is the Birch Hall Inn at Beck Hole. Arguably the smallest pub in North Yorkshire and possibly the most quaint, the Birch Hall in dates back to the 1600’s and has undergone many changes since that time. The current owners are fascinating and have compiled a detailed and thrilling archive on their website – http://www.beckhole.info/historyofinn.htm well worth a read for those with a penchant for local history. You’ll get a decent pint, traditional bar snacks and for those wishing to stay there’s Birch Hall Cottage.
Step back in time as you cross the threshold of this local store to a place where its the swinging sixties every single day. ‘Heartbeat’ may be a thing of the distant past but Aidensfield Stores lives on providing sweets, confectionary and fizzy pop to those with a sweet tooth. Located in the heart of Goathland village, this retro newsagent is certainly the place to get a photograph for the collection. If you’re staying at a self catering cottage nearby then this is a good place to get basic provisions.
Goathland Bed and Breakfasts
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The only five star luxury boutique Bed and Breakfast in Goathland, Eighteen97 is a superb place for those seeking an intimate rendezvous with a touch of class. At breakfast enjoy a feast from around the world with a wide selection of the finest ingredients and dishes for your enjoyment. The award winning breakfast is described by guests as ‘breakfast to die for’ which may be why Eighteen97 has been rewarded for its’ efforts. This place really is all about R&R.
The Fairhaven Country Guest House
You’ll find everything that you need for a relaxing stay in Goathland at Fairhaven Country Guest House. This excellent bed and breakfast is the perfect base to explore the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast (Robins Hood’s Bay, Scarborough and Whitby are just a few miles away) and of course there’s the local attractions including the Mallyan Spout Waterfall and the North York Moors Railway steam service from Pickering to Whitby. This Edwardian property has nine bedrooms and provides an impressive breakfast to start your day.
If you’re looking for a traditional bed and breakfast in Goathland with great views of the North York Moors National Park from every aspect, a hearty Yorkshire breakfast served in a light and airy conservatory, with a well planted garden and feature waterfall, a comfortable room with a double bed and en-suite then you might want to book your stay here at Glendale House. It really has it all. The location is excellent, with the front of the house facing the village common where sheep roam free grazing the sparse pasture, there is peace and quiet by the earful and your hosts are on hand to hep with any questions you may have about the local area.
This splendid Victorian property was built in 1899 as a hunting lodge and has since been a girls boarding school and a rectory, and retains many of its original features. Heatherdene has a selection of six rooms to choose from including; three double, one tripe and two singles, all of which have en-suite facilities. The rear of this Goathland B&B boasts panoramic views of the North You Moors National Park. Breakfast is of the traditional Full English variety and there is a well stocked bar for those wishing to relax on site of an evening.
Arguably the smallest bed and breakfast in Goathland, Thornlea offers just one room to paying guests. Cath has been in the bed and breakfast trade for more than 30 years so expect a story or two about the ‘Heartbeat’ days when filming took place throughout the village. If you ask nicely Cath might just show you her photographs of the cast. A little gem of a place for seeking a comfortable stay in the home of a hospitality veteran.
The Beacon Guest House
Enjoy a relaxing stay at The Beacon Guest House, a charming Victorian bed and breakfast in Goathland on your visit to this bracing moorland village. The property retains many original features as you would expect from a traditional establishment of this era but does not compromise on modern comforts. Guests can enjoy a delicious Yorkshire breakfast in the large conservatory to the rear of the house and enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings as the proper Yorkshire tea is served at the table. A moment of bliss to start the day.
Mill Croft is the only pet friendly bed and breakfast in Goathland. If you have a four legged friend and want to make the most of the walking up in the North Your Moors National Park, then Mill Croft is the place to stay. Mill Croft has three double en-suite rooms with all the usual facilities ad conveniences, so you can relax and enjoy the feeling of peace and tranquility. Mill Croft serves a tasty breakfast of locally sourced produce, to set you up for a day of exploring the beautiful moorland.
Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Goathland
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It’s the personal touch that make a difference at this popular Goathland holiday cottage. Two Hoots is a recently renovated barn conversion that combines old fashioned charm with modern luxury. Guests at Two Hoots consistently praise the ‘home from home’ quality of the place and the this keeps them coming back again and again. This Goathland holiday cottage has been fully insulated and has oil central heating so its always warm and cosy for your stay. A Travel Lodge, this is not.
Rose Cottage is a spacious Goathland holiday cottage that accommodates up to 12 adults. The property is over 200 years old and retains many original quirks oaf character, including the stone fireplace and exposed wood beams. Rose Cottage also boasts a wood burning stove and an enclosed garden, so for the little ones it’s possible to play out with peace of mind.
Daisy Cottage is the baby sister to Rose Cottage. Daisy Cottage is a perfect choice for families seeking a place to spend their North Yorkshire holiday. This cute Goathland Cottage has two bedrooms, a double and a twin, and sleeps four. The property benefits from an enclosed garden and a patio area with seating. For larger groups, the two properties could be rented together to accommodate up to 16 adults.
Eversfield is an imposing Edwardian property set in its own grounds in the heart of Goathland village. This expansive detached property has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and accommodates unto 12 adults and three pets. The west facing terrace enjoys dramatic views of the stunning North York Moors and the forest, while a delightful view of the village common with its free roaming sheep grazing the pasture can be enjoyed from the front of the property. Pick this fabulous home for a stylish self catering Yorkshire holiday.
This charming semi detached property is an excellent choice for those seeking a pet friendly holiday cottage with parking in Goathland. The accommodation is all on one floor and comes with an enclosed garden area with garden furniture, so its easy to unwind and relax with your four legged friend after a long days walking in the superb North York Moors. Wheeldale has two bedrooms; a double and a twin and a spacious lounge.
Orchard Cottage is one of two stone built barn conversions that have been sympathetically restored at Sadler House Farm. This excellent Goathland cottage with parking has original features such as exposed wood beams and stone work. The quirk here at Orchard cottage is that the layout is upside down; the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living area on the first floor is accessed by a hand crated spiral staircase. The property also benefits from an orchard garden in which you can relax and watch the steam trains roll by on those lush summer evenings.
The Long Barn
The Long Barn is the larger of the two properties at Sadler House Farm, with four bedrooms and sleeping eight. The Long Barn has been carefully and lovingly converted to provide a very special Goathland cottage indeed. This fantastic Yorkshire holiday home benefits form underfloor heating and a wonderful Travertine, perfect for those cosy nights in. This stunning detached stone built holiday cottage in Goathland is an excellent choice for those seeking a luxury stay in the North York Moors.
This Goathland cottage is a lovely Edwardian semi detached property with four bedrooms sleeping eight. Eskholme is the perfect Yorkshire holiday home for families seeking a comfortable stay for the whole family. Its got a enclosed garden, perfect for youngsters to pay out in, there’s all the modern conveniences in the kitchen and the attic room provides sanctuary for even the most challenging teenage strops. Choose this wonderful Goathland cottage for your Yorkshire break for an easy stay with all the comforts of home.
Feel the rustic charm of this wonderful Goathland cottage as you step back in time in this lovely stone built property. Situated just a mile from the village of Goathland, Tiilys cottage is the perfect base for exploring the North York Moors by foot, there is a plethora of walking trails or explore this area of outstanding natural beauty on board the North York Moors Steam Railway. Tillys cottage has three bedrooms and sleeps six and has two bathrooms.
Wow, what to say about this stunning stone built Victorian house! Helena was built in 1880 and has undergone a sympathetic restoration to restore her former glory. This impressive three storey home provides spacious accommodation for large groups and families. Helena holiday home in Goathland has six bedrooms, sleeps twelve and has four bathrooms, so there’s no need to argue about who gets the first shower! This superb property is located in the heart of Goathland village for easy access to he local store, pubs and North York Moors Steam Railway.
Brow House Farm Camping Site
Once the home of the fictional character ‘Claude Jeremiah Greengrass’, Brow House Farm Campsite is a great option for those seeking an outdoor adventure for their Yorkshire holiday. Located just outside the village of Goathland Brow House Farm Campsite is just a few minutes trek to the local pub, Mallyan Spout. With 60 pitches available March to November this Goathland campsite is a great choice for the hikers, bikers and a night under the stars.
Things To See & Do In Goathland
North York Moors Railway (NYMR)
The North York Moors railway is a regional specialty attraction that provides fun for the whole family. The world famous steam service runs from Whitby to Pickering and passes through a handful of beautiful stations in the stunning scenery of the North York Moors. Calling at six stations across 24 miles of track these vintage steam engines are a real blast from the past. You might recognise the Iconic station at Goathland for its appearance in the world famous ‘Harry Potter’ films, as ‘Hogsmeade’ station.
Our favourite walk is the Mallyan Spout / Beck Hole loop. Starting at the Goathland car park, this route is a brisk 3 miles whisk is suitable for all abilities; particularly families, nature enthusiasts and woodland wanderers. Typically this walks around. Three hours so its a great way to spend a morning with the kids before a tasty lunch back in the village. The route takes in delightful woodland and follows the water at West Beck before returning along the original Pickering to Whitby railway line track bed. There are toilets at the start and finish of the walk.
Mallyan Spout / Beck Hole
This wonderful natural waterfall is the reason that many Victorians locked to this former spa village in the 1900’s. The 21m of tumbling waters enchanted the visitors of yesteryear, putting Goathland firmly n the tourist circuit of the era. Be sure to visit this sublime attraction on your visit to Goathland. Set in a deep gorge in the North York Moors, the Mallyan Spout is the highest waterfall in Yorkshire, a must see activity for all visitors to this wonderful village.
The Model Centre
For those interested in model railways, there is the The Model Centre which is a wonderful little shop selling all kinds of model railway paraphernalia to satisfy your trainspotter after a visit to the NYMR at Goathland Station. There’s local ‘Aidensfield’ souvenir pieces available here too.
St Marys Church
Situated at it’s present site since Elizabethean times, St Marys Church, was fully rebuilt in the 1900’s being completed by its designer, Mr Walter H Brierly of York in 1896, at the time he said: “The qualities of simplicity, breadth and sturdiness were felt to be especially required for such a bleak moorland situation, and were aimed at in the design” There has been a place of worship in Goathland for at least eight centuries.
How far is Goathland from Whitby?
Goathland is situated approximately 20 minutes from Whitby (approx 9 miles). See the map below.
This article was last updated on 22/02/2018.