Pickering Station is a must-see 1930’s themed station that will transport you back in time to the steam era. A highlight of Pickering Station is the magnificent roof structure which was recently re-instated to the same design as the original, built in 1847 by G T Andrews. The station itself is a great place to pick up a souvenir or you can pop into the traditional railway tea room serving tasty meals and snacks.
The historic market town of Pickering still holds its traditional market every Monday. Around the corner from the NYMR is Beck Isle Museum where you can discover the heritage, history and culture of life in Pickering. Visit Pickering’s 13th century castle originally built by William the Conqueror and don’t forget to head up to the Market Place to browse the many independent shops.
Things to see and do
Pickering Castle has guarded the town since medieval times – no fewer than six English kings have stayed here. Meanwhile, in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul you’ll see magnificent 15th-century wall-paintings – beautiful relics of the days before printed books.
The lives of ordinary people are celebrated at the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life, where recreated shop interiors, household items and farm machinery shine a light on 200 years of local history.
Cawthorn Roman Camps is a fascinating archaeological site – there’s an easy access walk and panoramic views.
Newbridge Park is a woodland area below the castle with cross-country cycle trails, jump park and pump track, picnic area, nature play, and woodland walking. Walking in the woods is free but to ride you need to be a member (weekly pass £2, individuals (adults and children) £10 per year, annual family ticket £20 – available from Trailblazer Outdoors in Pickering Market Place). The money helps support the woodland management and upkeep of the park, and there are loads of member discounts on offer with local businesses.
Ryedale Swim and Fitness Centre has public swim sessions, swimming lessons and children’s holiday activities.
Ryedale Sports Centre is open daily for sports hall activities, and also has a climbing wall, tennis courts and astroturf pitch.