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After leaving the Mallyon Spout we walked uphill into the village of Goathland. The path comes out at the west end of the village opposite the church and next to the hotel also called the Mallyon Spout. The village is a long sprawling village with houses set well back from the road with wide common greens. The railway station is at the other end, past the village centre.
Goathland village sits 500 feet above sea level and has a history extending back to Viking times. Its name is thought to have originally been Goda’s Land. The sheep have a common right to graze on the extensive village greens. These rights date back to medieval times. The village has become a tourist “hotspot”, as it is better known to millions of TV viewers as Aidensfield in “Heartbeat”. Beginning in 1992, and with a nostalgic 60s music soundtrack, the programme is a police series set in the 1960s. It is based on the books by Nicholas Rhea. More recently the railway station (part of the Grosmont to Pickering line of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway) has become famous as Platform 9¾ used for the departure of the Hogwart’s Express in Harry Potter films.
This shot was taken just opposite all the busy tourist action around the shops, where you can buy Heartbeat tourist tat. The cross features in the opening credits of the TV programme, and you can see the sheep grazing on the common. I considered asking the tired hiker to move (as if I would have dared!!) but thought he added to the image.

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