With its magnificent steam engines, pretty rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is not to be missed. See the smoke pouring from the engines, relax in a cosy wood-panelled carriage and enjoy an experience that's breathtakingly authentic.
The railway is also the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you're travelling between Pickering and other charming Yorkshire villages, walking on the moors or spending a day by the seaside in Whitby. Pickering Station is also home to a lovely traditional tea room, serving freshly baked scones, pies and pasties throughout the day.
Dating back to 270BC, Pickering is dominated by the magnificent spire of the Church of St Peter and St Paul of Pickering - adding an extra layer of intrigue to this pretty, traditional Yorkshire destination.
Pickering Castle is a classic 12th century motte-and-bailey castle. The grassy mount and the curtain walls punctuated by tall towers are the most prominent features of this royal fortress. The mound was raised by William the Conqueror, and the stonework added for Henry III as a necessary defence against the Scots. The last additions to the defences of the castle were the outer entrance, curtain wall and three towers, built on the orders of Edward II.
Go Ape! in Dalby Forest is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. The classic and original Go Ape experience. They'll brief you for safety before you fly down the zip-wires, leap off their Tarzan Swing and tackle the crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery. It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don't have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience!
Behind Newbridge Park is a 100% voluntary group who have given thousands of hours for free to create a place for locals and visitors to enjoy in a wonderful woodland setting right on the edge of the town of Pickering. So far they have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a wonderful woodland setting as they reintroduce native species as part of a long term woodland management plan.
Close to the village is the well known theme park Flamingo Land - a great day out for families, attracting around 1.8m visitors per year. The park and zoo boasts many white knuckle thrillers including a suspended looping rollercoaster, smaller rides for young children and an extensive zoo - home to many rare and exotic animals including giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions. Flamingo Land also has a holiday village where you can hire log cabins or luxury static caravans - perfect for a short break.
There's nowhere else on earth quite like the North York Moors National Park. Where else can you experience a landscape where stunning moorland, ancient abbeys and picturesque villages live side by side in such perfect harmony? It's a living, breathing scene that will take your breath away.