Grosmont, attractively positioned amongst ancient woodlands, deep river gorges rich in fossils, is surrounded by the wildness of open moorland. The village has something to offer everyone in its countryside, specialist shops, cafés and steam railway.

Visit Grosmont in spring when the woods are carpeted with bluebells, summer with the heather in full glory, autumn with trees in full colour or winter when streams and waterfalls drip with icicles. Situated approximately six miles from the popular coastal town of Whitby, Grosmont is a perfect location for anyone wishing to find out about the natural and exploited wealth of the North York Moors.


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About Us

The Grosmont Information Group was set up in April 2014 to promote the village and the businesses in and around Grosmont. In these pages you will find everything you need to know about the facilities available in the village, walks that can be made in the area as well as businesses and traders that operate locally. For anything else contact us.

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Grosmont History

Known to be initially settled by an order of Grandimontine monks, originating in France, this is believed to be the source of the name Grosmont. Until the 19th century a small settlement existed around agriculture. The building of a railway from Whitby to Pickering in 1836 brought trade and prosperity to the valley.

At this time the first workable seams of Cleveland Ironstone were exploited here, at a time when Middlesbrough consisted of no more than a few scattered dwellings. A tunnel was dug for the rail route and the village with it's ironstone industry grew up around it with the village given the name 'Tunnel'. When the church was founded in 1842 it was given a parish and name of its own.

Grosmont can proudly claim uniqueness is many respects. The first passenger rail excursion ran to here in 1839 and the country's oldest independent Co-operative store is still in existence in the village.

Since 1973 the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has terminated its ever popular steam train service here. The locomotive sheds can be visited through one of the world's earliest passenger railway tunnels.

The industrial scars have healed but leave behind a legacy of unusual lime tolerant wildflowers. There are many footpaths radiating out from the station, including the course of Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk, so whether you enjoy secluded woodland walks or dramatic strolls across the moors in the footsteps of Bronze Age man or just relaxing in the nostalgic heart of the village, there are many reasons to visit Grosmont.

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