All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.

The celebrated steam railway between Pickering – inland on the edge of the North York Moors National Park – and the sea at Whitby on England’s northeast coast is perfect for a day of adventure.

Spectacular landscapes, rail-trail walks and traditional station tea rooms are all part of the attraction on this captivating 24-mile (38 km) journey, with stops in quaint villages. Picture wizards in cloaks at Goathland, whose enchanting station was used as ‘Hogsmeade’ station in the Harry Potter films.

The railway was first built as a horse-drawn tramway in the 1830s by the great Victorian engineer George Stephenson. Ride up front or settle back in the beautifully restored wood-panelled carriages, and enjoy a meal in the Pullman dining car. You’ll feel like you’re in another era as you journey through England’s magnificent moorland scenery.

Pickering is 26 miles (42 km) from York, which is 2 hours from London by train.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Whitby Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 01723 383636

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SSpectacular landscapes on a magical journey through Newtondale © Mike Kipling/NYMNPA
SSteam train at Goathland Station © Chris J Parker/NYMNPA
SSteam train at Pickering Station © NYMR
SSteam train passes over Water Arc Bridge, near Beck Hole © Mike Nicholas/NYMNPA

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