Perfectly positioned at the foot of the Cleveland Hills and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, Goulton Beck is the ideal destination to escape and relax in the great outdoors.
Just a stone’s throw from the market town of Northallerton, and with the picturesque towns of Yarm, Stokesley and Swainby just a short drive away, you’ll find all the amenities you need are also within easy reach.
For the days when you can tear yourself away from the idyllic surroundings of your lodge, there are loads of great days out to be had just a short distance from the park. Here are five of our favourites.
This distinctive landmark is a familiar sight to lodge owners at Goulton Beck and is just a short drive from the site.
Its unique shape, the result of a combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912, has made it the most beloved landmark in the Tees Valley.
At just 1,049 feet (320m) high, it’s an achievable climb for many, and those who make it to the top won’t be disappointed with the spectacular views.
Mount Grace Priory, House, and Gardens
Nestled at the foot of the Cleveland Hills, and just a 10-minute drive from Goulton Beck, Mount Grace Priory is the perfect place to step into the past.
Founded in the late 14th century, Mount Grace is the most complete surviving Carthusian monastery in Britain.
The strict Carthusian lifestyle meant that each monk had to live in solitude, so the layout of the priory and the reconstructed monk’s cell offers visitors a window into life as a Carthusian monk. Aside from the monastery, there’s also a manor house and extensive gardens to explore, and there’s also a café on site.
Approximately 20 miles north-east of Goulton Beck is the delightful coastal town of Saltburn.
Saltburn grew from a small fishing village into a prominent seaside destination during the Victorian era and the place is awash with Victorian charm.
The highlight has to be the cliff lift, dating back to 1884, which is one of the oldest water-powered funicular railways in the world. The iconic red and white lift car takes passengers from the cliffs down to the promenade below.
As well as an elegant pier (the only one left in Yorkshire), and Italian Gardens harking back to its Victorian roots, there’s a vibrant contemporary air to the town which is making a name for itself as a contemporary arts and culture scene as well as a top surfing destination.
Preston Park Museum and Grounds
This 100-acre public park sits alongside the River Tees and features a range of attractions. It’s a great day out for the whole family and just 10 miles from Goulton Beck.
A former Georgian gentleman’s residence, Preston Park Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts which tell the story of Stockton-on-Tees and the people who lived there. It includes a reconstructed Victorian street complete with traditional shops such as a blacksmith’s, printer’s, toy shop and sweet shop. There’s even a violin maker on site!
The park itself features a skate park, a small gauge railway, an adventure play area and plenty of river and woodland walks.
Newham Grange Farm
Newham Grange is a farm park and conservation centre which lies just 10 miles north of Goulton Beck.
There has been a working farm at Newham Grange since the 17th century and it’s now a unique and popular attraction for families.
Cows, sheep, pigs, llamas, wallabies, horses, and goats are just some of the animals you can meet at Newham Grange.
The Discovery Barn is home to the farm’s smaller animals, where you can meet and pet guinea pigs, rabbits, miniature horse, pygmy goat, and more.
There are several play areas and an adventure play zone for keeping the little ones busy, and there’s also a woodland walk from the site.
Goulton Beck is a great base for lots of other days out, find out more here.