Goathland has a recorded history to just after the Norman Conquest and is thought to have a meaning associated with 'good land' or 'Goda's land' - an Old English personal name. In a Charter held at Whitby Abbey, it references in 1109, King Henry granted land to Osmond the Priest and the brethren of the hermitage of Goathland (then called Godelandia) for the soul of his mother, Queen Matilda, who had died in 1083.
Much of the surrounding land is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and the Duchy's tenants have a common right, extending for hundreds of years, to graze their black faced sheep on the village green and surrounding moorland.
In the 19th Century, Goathland was a spa town. Today, there are several hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages in the village, with the Mallyan Spout Hotel named after a local waterfall, which is 70ft (21m) high.
The railway has an important role in the village, with Goathland Station being a tourist attraction and known for its appearance in the TV series Heartbeat (Aidensfield village), as well as it becoming Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.
The first railway station in Goathland was located at the top of an incline (Goathland Bank Top) and carriages were drawn up the incline by the use of a rope-worked drum system. This railway station closed in 1865 when the new station opened, on a diversionary line to Grosmont. Closed to regular passenger traffic in 1965, it was re-opened as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1973. The railway is run by a charitable trust, mostly by volunteers. It is the second-longest preserved line in Britain.
The early railway route, serving the village from 1835 to 1860 can be walked by the side of the Goathland Hotel, towards Abbots Farm caravan site. The 'Rail Trail' from Goathland to Grosmont can also be explored, combining a signposted 3.5 mile walk down the old railway line with a ride back up on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A guide book is available in local shops.
Goathland Cricket Club has a history dating back to 1874, when it was known as the Vale of Goathland Cricket Club. The club moved to the Centenary Cricket Field in 1876.
The Grade II listed Church of St Mary was build between 1894 and 1896, although a chapel has existed in Goathland since at least 1521, replaced by a church in 1821. Stone from the 1821 church was re-used for other buildings in the village.
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Accommodation in Goathland
Contact: Nicole Knight / Reception
The Mallyan Spout is a charming, 3 star country house hotel in Whitby that provides a high standard of service in a stunning setting.
Email: hotel firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. 01947 896486
Abbot’s House Farm Camping
Contact: Owners Eileen & Ian Cox
Welcome to our home and business at Abbot’s House Farm, Goathland, situated in the heart of the idyllic Yorkshire Moors. We are next to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Yorkshire Television’s ‘Aidensfield’ in the ‘Heartbeat’ series..
Tel 01947 896270
Owners Rob & Sarah Robson
With origins dating back to 1210, this former water mill occupies a unique riverside setting quite literally a stone's throw from Goathland station. Set peacefully away within lush gardens that are a haven for wildlife, The Mill offers an ideal base from which to explore the rugged splendour of the North York Moors National Park, where bridleways and footpaths abound. Watch steam trains from the comfort of the bed or, better still, hop on board and head for nearby Pickering or Whitby and the wonderful independent shops and restaurants there. York and Helmsley are both within an hour.
Tel 0345 268 0766
Thornlea B & B
Contact Cath Jenkinson
Goathland, Whitby YO22 5LY
Tel 01947 896497
Halmer Grange Guest House
Contact Angie & Rick Shotton
Goathland, Whitby YO22 5AN
Tel 01947 896176
Mill Croft B & B
Contact Gill Craddock
The Mill Green Way
Goathland, Whitby YO22 5LZ
Tel 01947 896458
Contact Linda Kett
Brookwood Farm, Beckhole, Whitby YO22 5LE
Tel 01947 896036
Birch House Farm
Set in twelve acres of woodland with stunning views over the Esk Valley, ideal for couples & dog friendly.
15% Discount applied when attending events at The Hut.
Mr & Mrs Watson
Birch House Farm, Green End, Goathland, Whitby. YO22 5LJ
Tel 01947 896331 or 07917691010