6. Goathland to Grosmont Rail Path

The Rail Path is a almost six-kilometer (3.5 mile) trail between Grosmont and Goathland. This heritage rail-to-trail path, which is a name for all walks which used to be railway tracks, is easily one of the most gorgeous of its kind in England. The Goathland to Grosmont Rail Path is a linear walk great for families due to its low difficulty and upkeep. If you pick Goathland as your trailhead, it’s pretty much a downhill walk! It will take you and your little ones about one hour to reach one town or the other, following its old cinder tracks.

From Harry Potter to Downton Abbey, explore famous TV sites

One of the stops was used as a set for Hogwarts, the famous wizarding school in the Harry Potter franchise. Its beauty seems to amaze filmmakers — it became a backdrop for the TV show Downton Abbey, as well. Depending on the time of the visit, you might come across a bustling wildlife that calls this area its home.

Local birds draw in a lot of birdwatchers. Expect gentle gradients and rolling hills that won’t distract you from the surrounding vistas. From an activity point of view, it’s known for lots of walking among the ruins and thrilling mountain biking. It’s especially gorgeous in the springtime, when the wildflowers paint the woodlands in a rainbow of colors.

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