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North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Jump on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the world’s most popular heritage railway whose lovingly-restored trains will steam for 24 miles from the market town of Pickering through the heart of the National Park out to the golden sandy beaches of the coast at Whitby. It’s one of the earliest and most historic railways in England, dating back to the 1830s, with spectacular moorland and gorge scenery, family walks, historic halts and traditional station tea rooms all part of the attraction. Don’t miss:
A taste of indulgence aboard the Pullman dining service
A Footplate Experience – on the bucket list for any serious steam train fan. Join the driver and fireman for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to travel in the cab, blow that whistle and discover what it takes to drive these magnificent engines.
Reliving the magic of Harry Potter with a visit to Goathland (Hogsmeade station from the first film)
Walking the 3.5 mile Rail Trail from Goathland to Grosmont, along the route of George Stephenson’s original 1836 railway line. On the way stop at Beck Hole for its much-photographed tiny inn and nearby Thomason Foss waterfall. Buy ‘The Rail Trail’ booklet from our online shop.
Railway heritage at Grosmont, home to the world’s oldest horse-drawn passenger railway tunnel, engine sheds and workshops
Beck Isle Museum, the Norman castle and painted medieval church frescoes in Pickering.
Visitors flock year-round to the most atmospheric town along the Yorkshire coast. The famous abbey ruins on the clifftop, and cobbled Georgian old town below, form a beautiful backdrop to days on the sandy beach or strolls around the vibrant harbour.
Captain Cook learned his trade here in the 18th century, while in the 19th century Whitby expanded with the arrival of the railway. Steam trains still serve the town, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering and Grosmont, while the Esk Valley Railway offers a scenic trip through the heart of the beautiful Esk Valley.
(Content courtesy of http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk)
Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest
Scan the truly dark skies and marvel at the bright stars at one of the bi-monthly Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society public observing events in Dalby Forest, an official Dark Sky Discovery Site. World-class mountain-bike routes, Go Ape! Tree Top Adventures (for big and little monkeys), Segway forest trails, paintballing, family strolls or getting messy with a paper-making workshop at Pulpitations will also keep you busy. Big name bands and music acts perform at open-air concerts each summer. And yet you can still find your own space and tranquillity in the forest’s 8,600 acres.
With so much to do, stay in the heart of the forest in the luxurious surroundings of High Dalby House and Cottages, go for a cabin experience at Dalby Forest Lodges or a spot of glamping in camping pods at Pexton Moor Farm.
Robin Hood’s Bay and Boggle Hole
The old fishing and smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay has a reputation far wider than its size suggests, and if you spend some time here you’ll soon see why. Stupendous views from the top of the village, atmospheric alleys down by the quayside, and a sweeping bay and soaring cliffs beyond – there’s a sense of history and grandeur that impresses every visitor.
Please note: there is no access by car down into the old village. There are car parks at the top of the bank, and it is a steep walk down… and up!