The lovely town of Goathland is most definitely worthy of the acclaim that it receives almost nonstop. After all, the town is located within the incredibly famous North York Moors National Park. This area is one of the largest heather moorlands in the entire world and over twenty five thousand lucky citizens call this wondrous land home. Goathland is just one out of many towns within this historic and awe-inspiring area but there is good reason for supposing that Goathland is in fact one of the prettiest towns within the five hundred and fifty-plus square miles that make up the North York Moors.
For one, Goathland sits up at over five hundred feet above sea level and this allows the town to offer a view that is at once more unique and more stunning than nearly every other part of the National Park. Goathland also has one of the finest railways in North Yorkshire as well. The famed Goathland Railway Station runs all year round (including even on Christmas) in order to accommodate the constant flood of visitors hoping to lay eyes on the North York Moors. Over a quarter of a million people ride the railway each year and it is the second longest preserved railway in all of Britain. Rare is the town that provides so much access to so much beauty with so little effort but this is just the nature of Goathland.
Goathland is no doubt popular for its immense beauty and much of this has to do with the fact that the town has been featured on television for nearly two decades. The popular television series known as "Heartbeat" takes place in the fictional North Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. This so-called Aidensfield is actually Goathland, though, and much of the series is shot on location in the town. Fans of the show may choose to, if they are so inclined, wander around Goathland and actually see real landmarks from the fictional series. The popular Aidensfield Arms pub, for instance, is in fact the Goathland Hotel. "Heartbeat" has been on the air since 1992 and has amassed over four hundred episodes since it first aired. The popular hour long drama revolves around the life of an ensemble cast of North Yorkshire working class types and crime and medicine both factor heavily into the show. In its nearly twenty year run the actors on the show have come to fall in love with Goathland and many of the residents of the town are more than happy to wave at members of the Heartbeat cast when passing them on the street. This is just the kind of town Goathland is, though. Anybody and everybody is welcome here as long as they don't detract from the stunning beauty of the town. Goathland may not be the flashiest town in the North York Moors but it is easily among the most friendly and lovable. Perhaps this should be the true measure of every town when one ranks them against one another.