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If this pretty little village with its tearooms and vintage petrol pumps has an air of familiarity, it’s for good reason. It is probably better known to many as Aidensfield, the fictional village at the centre of TV drama Heartbeat. Eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans will be able to spot Hogsmeade Station from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone too. With a distinctive toot toot echoing across the village and steam rising from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, it’s hard not to feel as though I’ve been transported back on set – certainly ‘Betty’ is receiving a lot of attention as we pass through! The village really has a look straight out of a Hornby Model Railway catalogue and whilst by rail is a fantastic way to see the beautiful scenery between Pickering and Whitby, today is, mostly, about four wheels. Leaving Goathland we launch straight into a wickedly steep hill back up towards the A169. Despite having only 4 gears and nearly 60 years of service behind her ‘Betty’ is more than up to the challenge provided by the taxing gradient; however, my memories of this hill are somewhat slower and more painful. It was by pedal power alone that I last ascended this fearsome gradient, just ahead of the professionals in the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire - they managed to make the ‘Côte de Goathland’ look as effortless then as it was for me driving up it today. It’s testament to the spectacular landscapes here that the North York Moors has become a firm favourite for the annual cycling extravaganza to visit, with the roads providing a challenging and exciting route to welcome some of the world’s best bike riders.

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This is Y Magazine 2019  

This is Y Magazine 2019