We caught the 10.40 am train from Nunthorpe Station and after a lovely scenic journey of just under an hour we got off the train at Egton Bridge. We then passed the Postgate Inn (must call in there next time) under the railway bridge where we called in St Hedda’s Church (which is quite a surprise when you walk inside – very beautiful) and came to the entrance to the Old Toll Road at Egton Manor. This is a beautiful easy walk with lots to see along the way.
The field at the entrance used to have donkeys in, but alas not longer. Some distance along the track you see the Old Toll House with original sign attached, pass underneath a railway bridge before emerging on the moor road into Grosmont. We stopped alongside the river (plenty of seats) and had our picnic lunch. Passing by the railway we were lucky enough to see Sir Nigel Gresley just departing Grosmont station. Having crossed over the railway we spoke to a lovely gentleman tending the North Yorkshire Railway Memorial Garden with plaques dedicated to the men who have worked as volunteers. A pot of tea was enjoyed in the Old School House restored beautifully furnished in vintage style decor which is next to St Matthews Church.
We walked through the orginal George Stephenson tunnel (young children love this) and went to visit the engine sheds where there was a board outside stating which trains would be running through the station that day. We spotted a signpost nearby for the Murk Esk – a walk which we will try another day. We went up the hill past the church and sat on the seat at the end of the Grosmont trail (there is a lovely illustrated booklet you can purchase about this published by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park) from which there is a lovely view down into the valley where we watched the trains coming in and out for a while.
We continued to explore Grosmont village which now has a total of 4 tearooms including the Hazelwood Garden alongside the river and the Art Gallery on the same road, alongside the local convenience store and a gift shop. The station itself is extremely well kept and it’s like going back in time when you step into the waiting room and the tea room. We peeked through the windows of the dining car and promised ourselves we would try it sometime! After a lovely relaxing day we caught the 16.17 train back to Nunthorpe and home spotting a young deer hiding in the bracken near Commondale.