Goathland as a Contrasting Locality
Route of the old railway
The route of the old railway cuts right through the village. It can be seen (as a muddy track only) coming out opposite Scripps Garage, where it crossed over and continued past the garage building. The house on the other side of the old track (just past the garage) is thought to be either the crossing keeper's house or the waiting room.
The course of the old railway is next to be seen a bit further round, past the car park and toilets. There is a wooden sign saying 'Footpath Grosmont Rail Trail' and the path sets off down the slope. A bit further on the slope becomes much steeper. This was where the incline once was. The coaches were originally hauled up by attaching them to ropes with huge containers of water on, which weighed more than the carriages. The water containers sank down the slope with their weight, thus pulling the carriages up. Eventually this method was replaced by a steam hauled system using wire instead of rope.
In February 1864, the last passenger coach of the day careered down the incline out of control all the way to Beck Hole! Two passengers were killed and thirteen were injured. A year later the new deviation line and Goathland Mill Station was opened.
Some of the houses at the top of the incline were once railway buildings.
Below is the set of three worksheets which cover the entire walk round Goathland Village. Also included are the I-Spy activity sheet and a simple map for children to add to as they locate relevant features.