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Mallyan Spout Waterfall, the hidden treasure of Goathland

Mallyan Spout is a beautiful waterfall located in the village of Goathland, in the North York Moors.

It is the highest waterfall in the North York Moors. Mallyan Spout is a lovely beauty spot to visit and enjoy if you are nearby.

This picturesque waterfall is a must-see for anyone who loves to get outdoors and wants to experience the beauty of North Yorkshire. Here is all you need to know about visiting Mallyan Spout, the Goathland waterfall.

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Mallyan Spout is the highest waterfall in North York Moors National Park

The Mallyan Spout waterfall is over 70 feet and flows down West Beck. It is accessible via a pathway behind the Mallyan Spout Hotel. These beautiful falls were a popular attraction for visitors during the Victorian era, well before Goathland gained fame as the location for the beloved Heartbeat TV series.

West Beck flows from the moorland above Goathland and is fed by several springs. The beck winds its way into New Wath Scar, a steep-sided ravine carved out of sandstone over thousands of years due to the action of water as it reaches Mallyan Spout, the sides of the ravine tower up to 70 feet high and are covered in lush moss. The water drops almost vertically, and the falls can be a spectacular sight after heavy rains. No vegetation blocks the view during winter and early spring; it’s a special place as the falls remain a magnificent sight even in the summer.

Mallyan Spout Waterfall in Goathland

Where to park for Mallyan Spout waterfall

You can find convenient parking near the shops and tearooms in Goathland Village. The council-run a pay and display car park and public toilets are also located here. Despite the small fee for all-day parking, it’s well worth it to explore the picturesque village. Many landmarks from the fictional TV series ‘Heartbeat’ can still be found in the village today. From the car park, take a short walk up to the Mallyan Spout Hotel.

How to get there


How to get to Mallyan Spout waterfall

The easiest way to reach the falls is through a footpath beside the Mallyan Spout Hotel, located at the village’s western edge. Just be cautious since the path can be slippery and muddy when wet.

Once you reach West Beck, turn left, and follow the ledge along the ravine’s side. You’ll quickly arrive at the falls. Please be aware there are large slippery boulders to navigate and some scrambling. The trail goes under the waterfall and takes you through Scar Wood, which the Woodland Trust protects.

If you continue walking along West Beck, you’ll find a bridge and a footpath leading up the eastern side of the ravine. This makes for a delightful circular route back to the hotel via Scar Wood.

Access to the waterfall can be found close to the Mallyan Spout Hotel.
Access to the waterfall can be found close to the Mallyan Spout Hotel.

Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole Circular Walk

3 miles | Not accessible for prams/wheelchairs | Some steep climbs and scrambling

This 3-mile circular route from the village takes you to Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole. The path descends into the wooded valley bottom and leads to the tranquil waters of West Beck before returning along a portion of the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line.

The walk begins by following the pavement alongside the village road in Goathland. It’s important to note that there are steps on the descent into the wooded valley and steps and gates on the ascent. These paths may be slippery and muddy after rain, so please proceed cautiously.

Additionally, the rocky path alongside West Beck to Mallyan Spout can be challenging, especially after heavy rainfall, so extra care is advised. If you bring your dog along, please keep them under control and on a lead, as the waters of West Beck can be fast flowing after rain.

Follow the full route here


Can you get close to Mallyan Spout waterfall?

One of the best things about Mallyan Spout is the opportunity to get close to the falls without any barriers or platforms. You can get quite close to the waterfall and have a great view, although you’ll need to be cautious and ensure you have appropriate footwear and clothing. In rainy weather, the water spreads out along the side of the ravine, creating a light and refreshing mist.

Mallyan Spout Waterfall Walk

Can you swim at the Mallyan Spout Waterfall?

The North Yorkshire Coast boasts a variety of ideal spots for wild swimming however we would consider the pool at Mallyan Spout more ideal for a paddle. There are many reviews on Tripadvisor of people doing just that! As always be cautious, rocks can be very slippery so make sure you have sturdy footwear/ water shoes and dry, warm clothing for after taking part.


The stunning 70ft waterfall and natural pool provide the perfect spot for paddling, and the surrounding rugged landscape is a treat for ramblers and hikers. It is the perfect place for time out in nature or a leisurely walk, Mallyan Spout is a destination that won’t disappoint. Let us know if you have ever visited in the comments.

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