Goathland Circuit Challenge
Goathland Circuit via Simon Howe, Cropton Forest, Skelton Tower, Levisham, Hole of Horcum and return to Goathland.
Distance: 26 miles
Time 10 hours
Grade: Moderate to hard
Meet: Outside Scripps Garage at 0800am
From the start we walk up the village to the Mallyan Spout and cut across the moor to meet the Lyke Wake Walk route and head east v towards the ancient burial mound at Simon Howe. From Simon Howe we turn south and into Cropton Forest and cross the North York Moors Railway line at Newtondale Halt. The route then follows the prominent trail along Levisham Bottoms to Skelton Tower. The path then heads due south through Levisham Wood and picks up the Tabular Hills Walk at Farwath and heads north and into the village of Levisham, (refreshment may be available at the Horseshoe PH). Heading back to the moor we follow the top path along Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum with splendid views down into the bottom and low Horcum.
The route then tapers off to the left and heads north back to Newtondale Halt and we cross over the railway line for a second time. From here we follow a reciprocal route back to Simon Howe, and cross Goathland Moor. Once we hit the Goathland Road we turn right and head for Moorgates and pick up the old railway line and head off along the Centenary Way and back to Scripp’s Garage and a well-earned drink in the Inn on the Moor.
Safety and the Weather
As the group leader, I am responsible for your safety and will be more attentive to your needs throughout, and may show more caution than individuals might when walking on their own.
II undertake continuous risk assessment, and may take the decision to change or modify walking plans at short notice. This most commonly occurs in bad weather conditions. I do lead walks in all weather, so long as it is safe to do so.