Discovering Heartbeat Country
Two new guides from Discovery Publishing will be invaluable to anyone wishing to visit "Heartbeat Country" - that is, anyone who would like to see for themselves the locations in the North York Moors associated with the Yorkshire TV Heartbeat series, and Nicholas Rhea's Constable in which it has its roots.
Peter Walker (Nicholas Rhea) has provided extensive information to the publishers, which enables the Discovery Guide to Heartbeat Country (left) to offer guidance about the actual locations of such fictitious places as Aidensfield, Ashfordly, Elsinby and others - both where the TV series is filmed, and the real locations on which the author based those places in his books (not always the same place, as readers of this web site will be aware!).
Other features in the Guide include in-depth biographical information about Nicholas Rhea, some of the characters from Heartbeat (old friends from the early days and newer arrivals too), a guide to places of interest and two suggested circuits to explore by car.
The companion volume is a Heartbeat Country Photoguide, lavishly illustrated with photographs of the locations at which the TV series is filmed, including some pictures of popular members of the cast. It includes a feature on the "Heartbeat Story" exhibition, a treasure trove of costumes and properties which have appeared on screen over the years - the exhibition (originally in Goathland, then moved to Whitby) is now closed, but the Photoguide provides a reminder of some of the items on display.
The armchair traveller could do worse than read the Constable stories with the Photoguide at hand, but it also has helpful information for those who visit the area in person - including some places to stay in 'Aidensfield'!
Heartbeat Country: ISBN 978-0-86309-004-2