Discover a picture-postcard pretty village deep in the beautiful Yorkshire Moors
The picturesque and traditional English village of Goathland is
situated toward the eastern edge of a vast heather-carpeted expanse
of moorland in North Yorkshire. One of the relatively few
settlements within the North York Moors National Park, which
stretches from the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills in the west to the
North Sea coastline in the west, Goathland is entirely surrounded
with landscapes of outstanding natural beauty.
The village itself has a history which dates back to the Viking era. In the eleventh century, Godeland as it was then known was the site of a hermitage of Benedictine monks, who built a chapel in the village. The Chapel of St Mary is last mentioned in records from 1568, and this building was subsequently replaced by St Mary's Church. Rebuilt several times, the current church dates from 1896 but retains features and artefacts from earlier incarnations and is notable for its pictorial stained-glass windows and woodwork created by the famous craftsman Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson.
In recent years Goathland's timeless and traditional good looks have earned the village appearances in films and television programmes. Goathland Station, on Britain's most popular steam heritage railway - the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - appeared as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films, and the village also doubled as the fictional Aidensfield in the popular 1960s-set drama 'Heartbeat'.