The picturesque Mallyan Spout waterfall is an attractive place to visit when you pass through Goathland. The deep forested valleys provide stunning scenery and attractive walks for visitors. Hotels were constructed at both ends of the village to accommodate travellers who come to view the waterfall in the North York Moors.
The trail leading to the Mallyan Spout Waterfall, located in the heart of the North York Moors, is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and it also gives you the chance to visit the Goathland village. You pass an enchanting stretch of the West Beck river before joining a section of the old railway that leads back to the village.
There are several climbs and descents throughout (including long flights of steps) and to reach the Mallyan Spout waterfall you will need to scramble over a few hundred yards of rocks and boulders which can be very slippery so sturdy waterproof footwear is a must.
Because most of the surrounding land is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster, 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. That is why you will see many sheep roaming free in the area.
According to Britain Express, the Mallyan Spout is the highest waterfall in the North York Moors National Park. The water tumbles over a 70-foot drop on West Beck, reached by a path behind the Mallyan Spout Hotel. The scenic falls became a major draw for Victorian visitors to the North York Moors and the effect after heavy rains can be spectacular. If you come in winter or early spring there is no vegetation to block your view but even at the height of summer the falls can be stunning.