Enjoy Yorkshire from the train!
We recently spent our holibobs on the Yorkshire coast at the Haven holiday park at Filey. Filey is just down the road from Scarborough and east of Pickering, a small market town on the edge of the North York Moors. If you have a train mad toddler and haven’t been to Pickering, I strongly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Pickering is well known for being the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line. The railway line runs for 18 miles through the North York Moors, stopping at Goathland, home of the TV drama Heartbeat and continuing on to the seaside town of Whitby.
The tickets aren’t cheap but it is fun and little b absolutely loved riding on the steam train. We only went to Goathland, got off for an hour then got the return train. If you don’t fancy shelling out the £20 per adult ticket then a nicely timed visit to Pickering station works equally well and costs you nothing.
Watch or Ride the Trains!
You can enter Pickering station without a ticket and there is a gift shop, café and small play area (on the other side of the main station.) There are also free toilets which was handy with our potty training boy. Check out the time table before you visit to make sure you time it right. We managed to see a Diesel train arrive, as well as a steam train. It was nicely timed because in between trains we got to stop at a nearby pub for a little celebratory drink – we’d just exchanged contracts on the new house! Read my tips on moving with toddlers here.
Here we are enjoying a drink in the sunshine. It had been grey and drizzly all day while we were at Guisborough forest but it perked up a bit the minute I ordered a vino 😉
And here we are enjoying the trains. Look at little man’s face! He was puffing his cheeks out as the steam train pulled up to the station and under the bridge.
We then took b down to the front of the train to get a closer look. He literally thought it was amazing…seeing the train driver step out of the carriage and unhook the train to turn it around…there is probably a technical term for that ey 😉
B was a little worried as when we were here in 2015, the train made a loud hiss when it let out some of the steam. It made baby b cry and he clearly remembers the incident!
Have you been on the steam train in Yorkshire? The Esk Valley is lovely and it is worth a trip. This isn’t a sponsored post. Just my write up of a fun day out. We’ve ridden the rails many times and it’s a fun day out! Don’t forget to pin for later.