Stage 3: Lealholm to Grosmont — Esk Valley Walk
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
0.31 mi in total
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 15, 2021
The penultimate stage is characterised by the riverside settlements it explores. Ancient stepping stone and packhorse crossings in Lealholm, Glaisdale and Egton Bridge hark back to a more primitive era of simple trade and travel, while the industrial clout of Glaisdale and Grosmont are obvious from the remains of the Victorian Ironstone mining industry and the rail workings.
From Lealholm, follow the bridleway signposted for Glaisdale and follow the track to Underpark Farm, where you bear right and continue along a raised bank beside the river. Cross the wooden bridge and venture south, passing through woodland before arriving at the pretty hillside village of Glaisdale, where the Walk joins forces with Wainwright’s Coast to Coast.
By the station, the Arncliffe Arms is a possible lunch option, while a quick visit to the romantic Beggar’s Bridge is a must. From here, venture south east through East Arncliffe Woods, where a usually charming section along a stone trod, known locally as Monk’s Trod, can be dangerously slippery when wet. Take care.
When you emerge from the woods, join Delves Lane and make for the picturesque village of Egton Bridge, with its charming stepping stone crossing and impressive stone bridge. Still hand-in-hand with the Coast to Coast, you continue east on Barnard’s Road, shadowing the river all the way into the lovely village of Grosmont.
Grosmont is the operational centre of the delightful North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a heritage line that runs from Whitby to Pickering. The sight of steam locomotives at its station is a common one. The Station Tavern boasts both great food and rooms for the night, while there are a few other B&B and rental options in the village.
March 22, 2021