Any one who watches Heartbeat on
the television, will know that Goathland is really Aidensfield. It
is one of those places where time seems to slow down. As a visitor
you will want to visit the locations TV makes you familiar with, such
as The Goathland Hotel which is the Aidensfield Arms of course. If,
however, you would just like to explore the area, take the walk past
the Mallyan Spout Hotel down the footpath to the 70ft waterfall, from
which the hotel gets its name. You will not be disappointed.
Goathland is probably one of the
most picturesque villages in the North Yorkshire Moors. It's about
five hundred feet above sea level, so the Steam trains leaving Whitby
for Pickering have to work rather hard to get the trains as high as
The village has stone houses and some excellent hotels, some interesting
shops and a host of black faced sheep, who continually keep the wide
grass verges in peak condition.
Goathland makes a fine centre to explore the moors, with wooded valleys
and waterfalls and the old railway track bed through Beck Hole to
Grosmont is a delight to walk during summer, with the option to stop
off at the Birch Hall Inn for a couple of beers.
For most visitors it is the North Yorkshire
Moors Railway which makes the village such a popular destination for
visitors. From here you can visit the seaside town of Whitby or the
inland market town of Pickering.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway