The Gallon Run


Are you looking for something a bit different to do but not quite sure what??  Are you wanting something that the whole family can take part in that does not involve being stuck in doors all day??  The the Gallon Run is just the thing for you.

For those who do not know what the Gallon Run is, it is a walk from Goathland to Egton stopping off at all of the pubs on your way!!  The only downside side is getting to Goathland and coming back from Egton!  You could either get a taxi to Goathland, then a taxi back from Egton, or you could just speak to someone very nicely and ask them to drop you off and pick you up!

You will be stopping at eight pubs on your way, hence the name 'Gallon'.

Your starting point will be the Goathland Hotel:
This pub is known locally and internationally as the 'Aidensfield Arms' where they feel that the very best of an English pub is being delivered.  This pub became famous unintentionally by the popular T.V series 'Heartbeat'.

From here it is a short stroll down onto the next pub, The Mallayan Spout 
The name is taken from a 70ft waterfall, located a short walk behind the hotel.  From the exterior, the hotel is a charming country house, dating back to 1892.  To the side there is the heather rich North Yorkshire Moors, a stunning and ever changing landscape.

After a swift pint in here it is on to the third pub, just a short mile and a half away in the Birch Hall Inn at Beckhole.
This is probably the smallest pub you will have seen.  Standing at the window will get you served by the bar, persons climbing through the window will get severley dealt with as entrance is by the door only.  There is a sweet shop that seperates the two bars.

Next is the longest stretch of the walk, from here to Grosmont, a mere two and a half miles.  All you need to do though is follow the old disused railway line.

The fourth pub on the walk is the Station Tavern at Grosmont.  Here you will be able to sit outside and enjoy a pint whilst watching the steam engines go by, as Grosmont is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway!

From the Station Tavern at Grosmont, it is just another one and a quarter miles to your next wateringhole, thw Horseshoe Hotel at Egton Bridge.  This 18th century building offers guests the chance to relax in the beautiful grounds on the River Esk.

From here the course throws up a tricky obstacle in the form of stepping stones over the River Esk which should lead you to your next pub, the Postaget Inn.

The advice given here is to sit back and take a long deep breath before tackling the next part of the walk, which just so happens to be up a 1 in 2 hill to the top of the village of Egton.

Here you will come across the seventh pub along the walk, The Wheatsheaf, which dates back to the 19th century where it was the centre of village attention and still is today!

From here all you need to do is turn right, and you will find yourself at your final destination, the eighth pub on the walk, Ye Horseshoe Inn!!!  It is now time to give yourself a very big pat on the back and have a very well deserved  pint or three!!!!

Now all you need to think about is how you are going to get back to your caravan!!!

If nothing else, it is certainly a good way of getting to see the local landscape, plus you don't have to worry about piling on the pounds after every drink because you'll be walking it straight off!!!

Definitely a must for those who like to walk and sample a good beer at the same time!!

A Sunny Day In Whitby

Your nearly at the end of your stay.  You've run out of things to do.  You've already walked round the town more times than you can remember.  You've done all the touristy things like taking a trip on the Open Top Tour Bus, been brave enough to take a trip through the Dracula Experience; done all the museums and country houses that are not too far away and even gone to the local Theme Park and gone on all the roller coasters.  You've got two days left so what do you do??

There's only one thing you can do when there's blue skies and the sun is shining and that is to spend the day on the beach!!  And what a perfect way to spend your last days.  A nice relaxing day on the beach.

In Whitby there are several beaches you can choose from.  There is one on the West side of the Town as well as one on the East side.  The one on the East side is only small so you would have to get there early, and be mindful of the tides as it sits just inside the harbour!  The access to this beach is tucked neatly down the side of The Duke of York Pub, just at the bottom of the 199 steps!

If you're looking for a beach which is a little bit bigger, then you want to head to the West side of town.  This beach stretches for miles and if you time it right you can walk all the way down to the next village of Sandsend.  To get to the beach on the West side of town is really easy.  Just follow the path or the road down towards the piers then down the ramp and your on the beach! It's as easy as that!! Then all you have to do is find the right spot where you can lay your towel down and then pass the hours sunbathing, building sandcastles, or if your brave enough, taking a dip or a swim in the North Sea!!

There's plenty of cafes close by if you get hungry or thirsty, and even several fish and chip shops.  If you fancy a 99 or a lemon top there may even be an ice cream van on the beach so you won't even have to leave the beach!!  If you've got kids with you then don't panic as i'm sure they will entertain themselves for hours digging holes, burying each other, building sand castles or playing games.  Or why not treat them to a ride up and down the beach on one of the Donkeys if they are out that day or let them have a jump on the trampolines.

When the tide starts coming in then it's time to pack up and head back to the car.  But before you do that, don't forget to spend an hour in the arcades having a go on all those 2p machines.  You could even have a go at Pirate mini golf or for the kids there are even bumper cars to have a go on!  When you've run out of 2ps you definitely know it's time to go.

If you're stopping at Whitby Holiday Park and do not fancy going all the way into Whitby to spend the day on the beach then why not spend the day at Saltwick Bay.  There is even access to the beach from the site.  Once down on the beach it's all about finding the right spot to lay your towel down, but don't forget to check the tide times outside reception before you go down as you don't want to be caught out by the incoming tide!  This beach is ideal if you want a nice quiet day as it is well hidden from the crowds from town.  If the tide is out you may be able to see the wrecks of  the Rohilla, a hospital ship or the Admiral Von Tromp both of which sank just off the coast here at Saltwick Bay .  You could even go crabbing or hunting for fish in the many rock pools.  At the end of the day its just a nice stroll back up the hill where you can either go straight back to your caravan to relax or you can pop into the club house for a nice refreshing pint or the cafe for a lovely cooked meal.