Local Attractions


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Beck Isle Museum – http://www.beckislemuseum.org.uk/

Discover Ryedale’s attractions – http://www.visitryedale.co.uk

Kirk Theatre – http://www.kirktheatre.co.uk/pickering-musical-society

Pickering Castle – http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pickering-castle/

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – http://www.nymr.co.uk

Quakers in Pickering – http://www.pandhquakers.org.uk/meetings/pickering/

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church – http://www.stjopickering.org

The Parish Church – https://pickeringchurch.com/

Four local walks (to Cawthorn Camps, castle and Newbridge, south of the town, from the  Fox and Rabbit Inn, Lockton – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/myjsqvlx4rls0xx/AAAtcdQEQBhfLPZRaCeJYSbQa?dl=0

Town Trail

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Moors’, Pickering has an old world charm, mainly due to the hiss of steam trains from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as they pull in to Pickering Station close to the town centre. Nearby, the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life takes you back in time with collections dating mainly from the Victorian era, set out in the rooms and courtyard of a Regency mansion. Pickering’s skyline is dominated by the spire of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church where remarkable early fifteenth century wall murals can be seen. Above the town, Pickering Castle, an example of traditional twelfth century motte and bailey, affords wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

The trail explores the town on paved footpaths.

Details of the Trail

Start point: The library, opposite the Ropery car park (Pay & Display).

Time: approx 1½ hours.

  • Starting at the library in the Ropery, walk northwards towards the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Opposite the station, cross the road and take the footpath on your right up to the castle. This castle was once favoured by English kings as a royal hunting lodge.
  • From the castle entrance, walk southwards, down Castlegate, passing the distinctive Quaker Meeting House  until you reach the top of the Market Place.
  • The steps on your left will take you to the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
  • Walk down the Market Place where a variety of shops and eating places can be found.
  • At the bottom of the hill, cross the road and continue along Bridge Street past the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life on your right and Pickering Memorial Hall on your left, which was donated to the people of the town as a War Memorial in 1922, was completely refurbished in 2001 and is now the town’s community hall.
  • Follow the path up, with the Primitive Methodist Chapel to your left, and, further on, St Joseph’s Roman  Catholic Church to your right,  bear left down Potter Hill, and turn left at the bottom. Walk along Southgate to the traffic lights. Turn left to return to the lirbary.


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