Steam trains from Pickering

  • Start on the North York Moors railway
  • Walk combines woodland and open valleys
  • Levisham is an attractive village

Any walk that starts with a ride on a steam train has to be recommended. This is undoubtedly the case on the 7 mile return walk from the pretty village of Levisham to Pickering. Much of the walk does pass through some quite dense woodland that lies on the banks of the river but it is very pleasant and varied woodland, unlike Dalby Forest a few miles to the east.  My favourite section of the walk is south of Levisham on the opposite side of a the narrow valley of Rowl Wood. Here the views are excellent, the ruins of the attractive parish church of St Marys are interesting and it is easy to slip in to a bygone age.

If the gate is closed in the woods just south of Farwath for ‘shooting’ follow the path above the woods

Recommend: For those with the energy extend the trip by getting off at Newtondale Halt and starting the walk via the Hole of Horcum. It is about 3 miles extra picking up the the main walk at Levisham. Refer to the Hole of Horcum walk for the extra 3 miles, click here

Transport: From Easter to end of October the departures are at 9, 11, 12 and 1 pm from Pickering and take 20 minutes to Levisham.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: SE797841 Pickering station and there are trains usually hourly leaving on the hour
Height to Climb: 193ms (633 feet)
Terrain: The steep climb from Levisham station is on tarmac but after Levisham the walk reverts to good tracks
Eating & Drinking: Pickering has a choice of places to eat and drink whilst the Horseshoe Inn at Levisham breaks the day up nicely.
Similar Walks Nearby: Dales of Kirbymoorside
Levisham & Lockton
Hole of Horcum
Places to Stay:


Old Cobblers Cottage, North Dalton


Eden House, Pickering