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 history of this heritage railway and its links to Victorian mining!

Activity Type
Self-led outdoor activity.

Outdoors: The Rail Trail, Grosmont Goathland Station to Goathland Grosmont 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 take time to explore Goathland Station (Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter Film) and learn about the history of this beautiful country station.

You can then head off along the Rail Trail and your mission is to follow the trail all the way to Grosmont Station where you will discover George Stephenson’s original 1836 tunnel. The Rail Trail is best walked one way and combined with rail travel between Grosmont and Goathland. The trail is clearly signposted along its full length, you’ll just need to follow the finger posts, signs and markers.

Following the original route of one of the country’s earliest railways, are you are a real Rail Trail Adventurer? 

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

Please note; 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 guidebook to the trail is available for self-led visits is available to purchase from our station gift shops £3.50 each.