A Dangerous Walk, a Fitbit and 26,000 Steps

Goathland near Whitby on the North Yorkshire moors is probably best known for an old T.V. series called HeartbeatΒ as the series was filmed there. I know it best for walks and as I hiked in the footsteps of my ancestors I thought I heard them calling through the ages of time. Then I realised it was the ‘Princess’ telling me that it wasn’t a route march and to slow down, well it wasn’t a Lama πŸ™‚


During our intrepid journey we had already diced with death as Sheep appeared to hurl themselves at the car and my angel suggested I shouldn’t be taking pictures of the M.O.D missile warning station, I mean really, it’s hardly concealed, but I did keep an eye out for Navy Seals or even the SAS just in case πŸ™‚


There used to be eighty foot Golf Balls here but they were replaced by an Aztec Temple which has something to do with missiles and nothing to do with sacrificing virgins which was a great relief to the local population. Anyway I digress, having survived the journey and slowed my pace we settled into a rhythm and followed the river Esk along with the steam railway through Beck Hole and passing the church into Grosmont.


On our way back there were a lot of plants and someone suggested they may be wild garlic, never one to miss the chance of food I scrunched some up had a smell and a lick, it smelled like Garlic, but didn’t taste so good. Then someone googled it and said, Β ‘it’s poisonous.’ I didn’t take much notice as I heard a train coming.


I survived nature’s attempt at ending my days and as we had already covered about 15 kilometres I was glad to know we were on the final leg. The bridge over the river reminded me of the Rickety Bridge Song from Tingha and Tucker (sadly I could only find the classic ‘Boomerang Song’).


Ahhh! I forgot the Fitbit (this is why no one will employ me as a content writer). One of us has a Fitbit and apparently we did 26,000 steps, 11.6 miles and climbed 66 flights. I said that was truly amazing and was then told that I was sarcastic, me? πŸ™‚ So I survived, the sheep, the MOD and the poisonous plants not to mention the bridge. If you ever visit the North Yorkshire Moors the walk is worth the effort, seriously (for once 😘)

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Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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39 Responses to A Dangerous Walk, a Fitbit and 26,000 Steps

  1. englepip says:

    Great humour, lovely walk and I didn’t know the golf balls had gone!

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    • Than you, yeah somewhere in the dark recess of my mind I think they were sold to an American dealer, but I can’t find any info on them maybe I’m confusing them with London Bridge πŸ˜€


  2. Carolyn Page says:

    Loved this, Charlie; it took me back to last year!
    Though we didn’t do a 26,000 step hike (you’re kidding) nor dodged flying sheep or licked wild garlic (yuk) we did stop off at Goathland on the steam railway trip, and have really fond memories of that day.
    I absolutely loved the North Yorkshire Moors, and agree with you… Well worth the trip. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, that was the first since I came back. I’m hoping to do a lot more this year. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Is we part of your forthcoming trip ?πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€

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      • Carolyn Page says:

        I don’t know, specifically, what’s on my agenda exercise wise. Since ‘ballroom dance’ is not on my top ten anymore I’m looking for something fun and energetic to do. Maybe it will be hiking! πŸ™‚
        So good for you, Charlie, this hiking; and for The Princess, too!
        No, apparently not the first trip. It is to be to the States and Romania… But, like Arny, I’ll be back!!! πŸ™‚

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      • Just getting into Ballroom, always loved the Tango πŸ˜€ Look forward to the sequel then πŸ˜€

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      • Carolyn Page says:

        Luv, luv, luv, Tango! Well done to you and The Princess. I hope you both fall in love with ‘all’ Ballroom; it’s great fun and even better exercise!
        My man and I had a ‘deep’ discussion today re dance. We both love it, but, our ‘social’ scene is changing and with it, my desire to be there.
        So, as coincidence has it, we are contemplating going elsewhere! Neither of us really want to stop. It’s a fabulous fun activity; and keeps the brain functioning (well, that’s the general consensus).
        Well done to you. I’m now looking forward to hearing all about it as you progress to competition dance… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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      • Haha, you know me so well, I was thinking of competitions. You’ve both obviously got so much from dance I’m looking forward to it πŸ˜€

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  3. I love Goathland. And do not listen to people who tell you that garlic is poisonous! They used to say tomatoes were poisonous in this country. Check out Riverford wild garlic pesto recipe for quantities. Pick the small leaves, because they are the sweetest, get yourself some hazelnuts and roast ’em, grate some parmesan and add olive oil/lemonjuice/salt’n’pepper and you are all good to go. Wild garlic leaves are very good for you, and I just made this pesto after picking the leaves from along the river and it is the bees knees of pesto.

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  4. PS Ditch the Fit bit and just enjoy the scenery. You don’t need to count steps in scenery like that do you? Golfballs to that – they were just monitoring satellite dishes, not nuclear power stations weren’t they?

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    • Haha hence my sarcasm at the end it wasn’t my Fitbit πŸ™‚ You’re right I walk same as I run, outdoors, taking in the beauty. Still not sure what the Golf Balls were doing most said it was a listening station, but this new thing is supposed to be monitoring missile attacks coz we get loads of them πŸ™‚

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  5. OMG! The risk! The adventure! The garlic! The Master would be proud 😎

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  6. Wilt says:

    Great pictures. Nothing I’d love better than to walk there. Loved Heartbeat btw, Wife and I watched it for years. Now it’s Corrie. All my rellies down Dorset way, equally lovely country.

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  7. ateafan says:

    Those sheep look menacing. 😬

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  8. Sounds exhilarating.

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  9. Iriowen says:

    Wow! Beautiful. Please share more like this (especially photos), because I don’t travel it’s the only way I know about places in the meantime.

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  10. Red Letters says:

    Lol πŸ˜‚ you make me laugh, Charlie! Great pics too. Thank you for brightening my day.
    Hayley 😊❀️

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  11. Wow! What can I say? I love it very much.

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  12. I was just lining up for the “Why wasn’t Jesus born in Yorkshire ?” joke when I drifted off into the world of Tingha and Tucker…

    We moved down to Lincolnshire in 1964 and they changed my life. πŸ™‚

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  13. chungwipff says:

    So beautiful there!

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  14. arv! says:

    The landscape looks interesting. 26000 steps? Seriously?

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