Short walk round Pickering

  • A regency town worthy of detailed exploration
  • Castle ruins set high above the town
  • A steam railway and a character station

Pickering is one of the largest towns in the North York Moors and there is plenty to see and do when you are there. I was keen to see the railway (steam and the location for at least one of the Harry Potter films), the ruined castle and the woods to the north. In fact the 2 mile walk out to Newbridge crammed in a lot more with an ever changing landscape, a pretty small woodland area; all set under the Pickering scar and the Beck Isle Museum. The town itself retains its class from the Regency period of history with well maintained buildings and fascinating but quirky shopping. All in all good fun for a short day.

Recommend: Keep an eye out for some of the summer events that take place in the grounds of Pickering Castle.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: SE798840. There is a variety of car parks in Pickering but cross the river to the west side and head up the track by the Beck Isle Museum
Height to Climb: 39 ms (130 feet)
Terrain: Good paths throughout. However there appears to be a new house being built where the bridge at Newbridge currently exists and you may have to walk the extra 100 metres to cross at the rail crossing.
Eating & Drinking: Pickering is a tea shop type of place and there is a good choice for the tea lover but also for those wanting something more substantial
Similar Walks Nearby: Steam Trains from Pickering
Scarborough Sea Cut & Woods
Hole of Horcum
Places to Stay:


Eden House, Pickering