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Pickering 36 Miles from Bridlington

Pickering is a thriving, historic market town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and the Vale of Pickering. It is an ideal centre for exploring the locality.
You can take a relaxing ride through the lovely countryside on England's longest steam railway (The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway). Pickering Market Place has an excellent choice of local shops, from art galleries and gifts.

The Beck Isle Museum is a small museum housed in a handsome Regency period residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck, a stream that flows under a four arched road bridge. It was here that William Marshall planned England's first Agricultural Institute in the early 19th century. This house contains a collection of bygones relating largely to the rural crafts and living style of Ryedale.

The collection is not restricted to a particular period of interest; it aims to reflect the local life and customs and to trace many of the developments in social and domestic life during the last 200 years. A selection of photographs from the extensive Sidney Smith collection held in the museum are displayed around the building - particularly the photography and model rooms. Sidney Smith was born in Pickering and his work is appreciated worldwide. He is thought of as a successor to Frank Meadow Sutcliffe of Whitby. The museum is owned by the Beck Isle Museum Trust and is staffed and operated completely by volunteers.

The National Park Authority works in many ways to promote enjoyment and encourage understanding of the area by the public and to balance this with conservation of what makes the place special. This includes producing information and interpretation, managing public rights of way and access areas, car parks and toilets and having a Ranger Service.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway. The 18-mile (29 km) line is the second-longest heritage line in the United Kingdom and runs across the North York Moors from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont. It is run by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust but is mostly operated and staffed by volunteers. 

Pickering station has been a terminus since 1965 when the Malton-Pickering route connecting to the York to Scarborough main line was closed. Trains only head north from here. Trains run every day from mid-March to early November, plus selected dates through the winter. Trains are mostly steam-hauled; however in some cases heritage diesel engine is used. At the height of the running timetable, trains depart hourly from each station. Recently, during summer months, steam services have extended to the seaside town of Whitby. Passenger numbers have topped 300,000 in recent years. The busy summer days will see trains running through from Pickering and Goathland to Whitby.


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