Grosmont

Grosmont is a small village, set in the Esk Valley amidst woodland and traditional farmland, within the North York Moors National Park.

The village is on the route of the Coast to Coast Walk, which terminates at Robin Hood's Bay. It is also on the route of the Esk Valley Walk, a long distance footpath across the North York Moors from Castleton to the coast at Whitby.

Grosmont (pronounced "grow-mont") was originally called Grandimont, taking its name from a small priory founded about 1200 which once stood near the north bank of the Esk. Unfortunately no visible traces of this priory remain.

During the early part of the 19th century Grosmont became an important centre for the mining and smelting of iron ore. The industry has long since ceased and the furnaces have been demolished. There were also quarries and clay-pits for brickmaking.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains along an 18-mile line between Pickering and Grosmont, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park. On certain days of the year steam trains also run from Grosmont to Whitby. Grosmont is also home to the NYMR's engine shed, and the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group's workshop, where the staff and volunteers maintain and restore steam and diesel locomotives.

OS grid reference NZ 825 055

Useful and informative links

Grosmont photographs from Geograph
Grosmont Village (Eskvalley.com)
Wikipedia article on Grosmont




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