North Yorkshire Moors Railway
PICKERING, NORTH YORKSHIRE
In 1965 nearly 130 years of rail services came to a halt. The Esk Valley line was reprieved from the Beeching cuts, but the section of railway line between Pickering and Grosmont was closed. Eight years of hard work later the line was reopened by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. More than just another line run by enthusiasts, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates a full timetable from March to October. The 18-mile rail journey takes you into the very heart of the moors – and more than 300,000 passengers travel on it every year, making the railway the biggest single attraction within the National Park. Board the train at Pickering Station, which dates from 1845. The line climbs into the spectacular steep-sided, wooded gorge of Newton Dale, before arriving at Levisham Station. Trains also call at Newtondale Halt, the starting point for a number of waymarked walks. The next stop is popular Goathland. The northern terminus was traditionally Grosmont, but now a selection of services carry onto the main Northern Rail line to Whitby.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Ramp access onto trains
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open daily 24 Mar-4 Nov
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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