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Goathland is a small village high on the North Yorkshire Moors. It has a population of around 450 and is lucky enough to still have a village Post Office, a village school, and several village pubs. Glendale House is a small bed and breakfast, right in the centre of the village.

Goathland is surrounded by open moorland, and farms. During late summer, the heather turns a vivid purple as far as the eye can see, and its honey-like smell fills the air. Sheep are free to roam in the village and on the moors, and the Goathland sees its first lambs from May onwards. The shepherd and his sheep dogs can be seen almost daily, rounding up the sheep in the village, and driving them back up onto the moors, where they turn round and make their way back into the village. There are several waterfalls around Goathland, the most well known are the Mallyan Spout, Water Ark, and Thomason Foss. There are interesting walks in virtually every direction, all of which take you through stunning scenery.

It's worth noting, that no matter how busy it gets around the shops in the the village, the walks, the waterfalls, and the moors, are still as quiet as they ever were, and after 5.30pm, 365 days of the year ... the whole village is quiet.

Beck hole, Goathland, North Yorkshire Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole Aidensfield Garage, Goathland Goathland village Goathland locals
Goathland village sign post Goathland Post Office Goathland village bike
Purple heather of Autumn, on the moors Goathland:St. Mary's Church View of Goathland Darnholm, Goathland

Goathland Walks and Waterfalls

From Goathland, you can set off in just about any direction, and enjoy a pleasant walk, with beautiful countryside, and spectacular scenery. From easy walks, taking in a couple of waterfalls and a pub, to organised 24 hour marathons - the choice is yours. There are several waterfalls scattered around the village, three of which are shown here.
Mallyan Spout waterfall, Goathland Mallyan Spout Waterfall, frozen (2008) Thomason Foss waterfall, Goathland Walker Mill Foss Waterfall, Goathland Water Arc head stone
Mallyan Spout
Mallyan Spout - frozen
Thomason Foss
Walker Mill Foss
Water Arc head stone
Just above Water Arc
Water Arc Goathland
Water Ark Bridge
Mallyan Spout
Water Arc
Water Arc bridge
Steps down to Water Arc
Road to Beck Hole

Click to see panoramic photographs of Goathland

Goathland Traffic Jam

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Goathland Traffic Signs


Goathland Cricket Team

During the summer months, traditional cricket is played in towns and villages throughout England, and in Goathland, the sound of "leather against willow" can be heard on most wednesday evenings and saturday afternoons.
Youngsters warming up
Goathland star player, Lemmy
Goathland cricket team batting
Goathland cricket team fielding
Umpire Ken Goathland Cricket Pavillion

The Rules of Cricket as Explained to a foreign visitor.

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that's in the side that's in, goes out, and when he's out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
When they are all out the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out including the not-outs, that's the end of the game.


Goathland Quoits Team

Quoits is an old traditional game, which is played by throwing a heavy metal ring, and trying to get it over a metal post, or "hob". The pitch has a clay pit about 3 feet square at each end, with a hob sticking up about 3 inches above the surface. The hobs are exactly 11 yards apart. A typical quoit is around 8 inches in diameter, and approximately 5 pounds in weight. The clay pits are covered with wooden boxes when not in use, to protect the clay. During the summer, quoits is usually played on Monday / Thursday evenings, and Saturdays, on the green at Beck Hole
Goathland Quoits

Goathland Plough Stots

The Goathland Plough Stots is probably one of the oldest traditional long sword dancing teams in the country, still dancing their own dance that dates back to the early 19th century. The dancers wear a uniform of pink and blue tunics tied with a white sash and grey trousers with red stripes. The tunic colours of pink and blue were chosen to placate the political parties of the 19th century, (the Whigs & Tories). Although the tradition dates back to the early 19th century, it would die out without new younger members, and Goathland is lucky to still have many young children ready to carry on the tradition. The Plough Stots are also lucky to have the unqualified support of the folk musician Eliza Carthy and her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson.

Goathland Plough Stots Goathland Plough Stots
Eliza Carthy
Goathland Plough Stots

Springtime in Goathland

Goathland can be beautiful at any time of the year, but springtime has a beauty all of it's own. As winter relinquishes it's grasp, the moorland landscape starts to burst into life. High on the North Yorkshire Moors, Spring comes late. We are always the last to get spring lambs, and the trees don't burst into blossom until mid April. Bright spring days and blustery fresh winds make perfect days for exploring the moors, when the air is often scented with the smell of burning heather, as spring is also a time for controlled burning.

Sprintime on the moors Spring lamb
Spring lamb warning sign Spring triplets Spring lamb through fence
Spring deer outside Goathland
Spring at Glendale House Spring crocus

Late summer in Goathland

Around the end of August / beginning of September, the heather bursts into flower, and the whole of the moors around Goathland become a spectacular purple carpet.

Purple heather above Goathland Purple heather in Goathland
Purple heather above Goathland
Purple heather above Goathland Goathland surrounded by purple heather

Autumn in Goathland

Autumn is one of the nicest times of year on the Yorkshire moors. The days are getting shorter, the leaves turn golden and start to fall, and the smell of bonfires hangs in the air. From October, the farmers right across the moors, start to burn off the heather. This keeps heather young, allowing more fresh shoots for stock to graze and reduces attack by pests such as heather beetle. Burning grass moorland is designed to remove the cover of dead leaves which prevents light reaching the young grass shoots in spring, thereby allowing grazing earlier in the next year. Many visitors mistake this controlled burning for moor fires, and report it to the fire brigade.
Goathland in Autumn


Winter in Goathland

As the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, winter can mean grey miserable days, and long nights in front of a log fire. But it can also mean beautiful blue skies, snow and frost

Glendale House in the snow Goathland station in the snow
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Winter in Goathland

Click for more Goathland in winter photos, or here for the Goathland in winter slideshow.


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