Friday 14th February 2020

Let's begin with thanking the organisers and drivers who made this weekend possible, much appreciated 👏

With 5 cars setting off from various addresses around Peterborough at the same time, we managed to all meet up at the Steam and Moorland Garden near Pickering for a much needed coffee (and cake) within a few minutes of each other. Our first walk of the weekend was to be around Goathland, and due to the recent rainfall was going to be quite slippery underfoot, but that was nothing compared to what was to come.

Goathland village was the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Many landmarks from the series are recognisable, including the stores, garage/funeral directors, the public house and the railway station. No sign of the little blue Ford Anglia today – maybe out on a shout!

Lunch was taken sitting at the closed train station in Grosmont. The village is entirely a product of the railway age. Until then there was nothing there except for a farm and a few stones from a thirteenth–century priory, but in 1831, Whitby businessmen asked George Stephenson to draw up a plan for a railway from Whitby to Pickering to improve their trade. By 1835 the route was opened between Whitby and Grosmont, featuring a regular horse–drawn service, and the line was extended to Pickering in 1836. That same year saw the building of Grosmont station – exactly the same time that London's first station opened, at London Bridge.

We walked to the waterfalls before heading uphill and back to the car park, muddy but dry, ready for the short trip into Whitby where we were to stay at the magnificent Grade 1 listed mansion YHA, situated immediately beside the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey. Views available on good days over the harbour and the North York Moors, with the town just a short walk away via the famous 199 steps. These were to be descended and ascended tonight to and from The Edge – our first night eating venue. [Ed – we were living life close to the edge, you might say!]

Report by Sue

Walk rating – Very Good.

Pictures - Alan

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Our coffee stop on the way up to Whitby was at the plush tearoom at the Steam and Morland Garden Centre and Machinery Centre just outside Pickering. There was a model train running around the walls.

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All ready to start our walk to Grosmont.

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Our route drops down to go under the railway.

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We found these convenient picnic tables at Grosmont station.

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Grosmont Station. Unfortunately everything was closed.

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The West Beck.

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Mallyan Spout.

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

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The Aidensfield Stores – famous from the TV series Heartbeat.

Pictures by Judith

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Janet, George, Alexandra and Mark

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We stop for a breather.

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