Goathland is a small village in the North Yorkshire Moors. It is 500 feet above sea level and its history goes back to the Viking times when it was known as Godelandia. The pretty village seems to have been set up to shoot a film or even a tv series: Heartbeat set in the 1960s fictional Aidensfield village,was filmed here for Yorkshire televison in the 1990s - what you see around you is what you get; the pristine stone buildings from the farm to the Goathland hotel & bar (Aidensfield Arms in the series), the gift shop, chocolate shop, post office, tea room, restaurant, red telephone booth, the church and intact graveyard, to the famous Scripps Funeral Services with its attached petrol station and the two 1960s cars on display which was used in the series, is left as it was, perhaps for the tourists but first and foremost Goathland is a living/working village even though it seem surreal when you see it in person. Down the steep hill you come across the Goathland Railway Bridge and the Goathland Railway Station. The steam train is run by a charitable trust and mostly operated by volunteers will take you all the way from Grosmont to Pickering and Whitby via Goathland - part of Harry Potter film was shot here. The Mallyan Spout - waterfall and stream is nearby and so is the view of Moorland as far as the eye can see.
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