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North York Moors Railway

Pickering is an ancient market town and sits almost at the centre of the Vale of Pickering and is the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park.
The Vale of Pickering stretches East to West from the outskirts of Scarborough along the southern edge of the North York Moors, to Helmsley at its western extremity.

Being surrounded by the vast expanse of heather covered, rolling moorland, mature forests and the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. An array of popular visitor attractions to entertain holiday makers and day trippers alike, all come together to make Pickering a perfect location to visit and from which to explore the locations beyond.

In the Pickering area you will find the Great Yorkshire Forests of Dalby Forest and Cropton Forest. Popular visitor attractions including the North York Moors Steam Railway and Beck Isle Museum with its unique collection of black and white photography and displays of rural life.

Pickering is a tranquil market town and the perfect location for taking a peaceful rest, at the same time providing lots to explore for the more adventurous, or family holiday / vacation. Pickering hosts many events, from car boot sales to spectacular country fairs and galas. There are a number of arts exhibitions and special themes held in the town and people come from many parts of the world to take part. They include re-enactments including the now world famous World War II / Wartime Weekend, Steam and Traction Engine Rallies, Craft Fairs, Arts Festivals, Theatres to mention only a few.

These days visitors from both the UK and abroad receive a warm friendly welcome, plus a choice of attractions than many expect to find in this tranquil and beautiful part of the world. Pickering is the ideal UK location for getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. In the evenings Pickering is a lively social town with local pubs, restaturants, bistros and wine bars.

For the adventurer there is everything from gentle country walks to long distance hiking, plus outstanding forest drives through nature reserves, plus some of Europe's best on and off road cycling routes in Dalby Forest. You can take a holiday in Pickering and never have to do the same thing twice.




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