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!!