Are you looking for a new and exciting educational activity for your school that’s outdoors AND steeped in history? Then why not combine a magical trip on a heritage steam or diesel train and discover the the history of this heritage railway and its links to Victorian mining!

Activity Type
KS2 History / Science / Outdoor activity with NYMR companion.

Outdoors: The Rail Trail, Grosmont Station to Goathland Station, North Yorkshire.

Train Journey: 15 mins. Walk: 2.5 - 3 Hours.

Take a steam (or diesel) train from Grosmont to Goathland Station. Your mission is to make it back to Grosmont Station along the old horse drawn railway track. On arrival at Goathland Station, you will be joined by our walk companion and explore Goathland Station (Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter Film) and learn about the history of this beautiful country station.

Then, together with our walk companion, you will head off along the Rail Trail, clue-sheet in hand, searching for clues of evidence of the original horse drawn railway and the Victorian iron mines that spread across the valleys between Goathland and Grosmont.

Along the way you will learn fascinating facts, have a go at communicating through hand signals and flag semaphore, as used by the Victorian railway Bobbies.Will the clues lead you safely all the way back to George Stephenson’s original 1836 tunnel at Grosmont Station? If so you are a real Rail Trail Adventurer. 

Bring your pack ups and stop for a picnic in beautiful countryside on your way. 

The Trail is 5.5km long, and from Goathland is downhill through the leafy surroundings of the North York Moors National Park. Appropriate footwear and waterproof coats should be worn.

A guide book to the trail & schools activity sheet is available for self-led visits. Please contact [email protected] for more information or to book a walk companion.