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The North York Moors Railway

Take a steam train through the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, stopping off at the different towns and villages en-route to sample local food and drink.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway was one of the first railway lines in the country, and one of the most ambitious for its time. Designed by George Stephenson in 1831 and completed in 1835, it connects the Esk Valley line to Pickering and Whitby.
Budgetary constraints meant that Stephenson could not build a tunnel and instead had to lay the route down the mile long incline between Beck Hole and Goathland. The area around Fen Bog had to be stabilized using timber, heather, brushwood and fleeces so that a causeway could be built over it.
After linking Whitby to the rest of the country for almost 130 years, the line was closed in the early 1960’s, but in 1967 a local campaign began to revive it, and the line was officially re-opened in 1973.
Today the 18 mile (29 km) line runs from Pickering via Levisham, Newtondale, Halt and Goathland, before stopping at Grosmont. Steam services also run from Grosmont to Whitby during the school holidays.
There’s a variety of walks and attractions along the line including Goathland, an attractive village set in open moorland, which doubled as “Hogsmead” station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Not far from the village is Mallyan Spout, a seventy foot high waterfall.
You can buy a day return ticket which enables to get off and on again and take your time at the different stops – see the North Yorkshire Moors Website for details.

The North York Moors Railway Address:
Pickering Station
Was restored to its 1937 condition with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Original features and fittings have been installed in the Booking and Parcels (Customer Services) Offices,Tea Room, and the shop which provides a wide range of gifts, books and videos.

Levisham Station
Is set in the scenic Newton Dale. This is an ideal stop for walking the local area with a wide variety of wildlife and flowers within a short distance of the station.

Newton Dale Halt
Is a walkers’ request stop with excellent walks and beautiful scenery.

Goathland Station
Famous as Aidensfield and Hogsmeade, has a refurbished Warehouse Tea Room with authentic furniture and artefacts, restored coal drops and a cattle dock.

Grosmont Station
Is the terminus for NYMR and houses our locomotive sheds, tearoom and two shops with many interesting items available. The station has been restored to the British Railways’ style of the 1960s.

The North York Moors Railway Admission:
Typical Fares
Pickering / Grosmont - Day Rover
Adult £14.00
Child £7.00
Senior £12.00

Pickering / Levisham - Whitby - Day Rover
Adult £20.00
Child £12.00
Over 60 £17.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £45.00

Grosmont / Goathland - Whitby
Adult £12.00
Child £8.00
Over 60 £10.00
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children ) £30.00

Customer Services +44 (0)1751 472508
F  +44 (0)1751 476048

  Talking Timetable +44 (0)1751 473535

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Accommodation and eating out near the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland, 01974 896486
Birch Hall Inn, Pub, sweet shop and store, Beck Hole near Goathland

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