One of the busiest visitor attractions in Yorkshire and with 350,000 passengers each year, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, carries more people than any other heritage steam railway. Running from Pickering to the popular sea-side town of Whitby, passengers have several opportunities to alight and explore the characterful villages on the line. Perhaps most famously, the station at Goathland is depicted as Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film where Hagrid stood on the platform to greet Harry from the train. Previous to this, Goathland village was also the location for the TV series ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘The Aidensfield Arms’ and garage still prove extremely popular with visitors.
The North York Moors Railway line also provides excellent drop-offs point for cyclists and walkers who want to get right into the deep heart of the North York Moors National Park with the trains having capacity to safely carry bicycles and four-legged friends at an additional charge. Newtondale Halt can only be accessed by the railway, the seclusion this grants makes the woodland a perfect place to both ride and walk whilst spotting some magnificent wildlife.
As a more sedate passenger, the scenery through which the NYMR passes is truly stunning – there is no better way than to spend a relaxing afternoon than sitting watching the world go by accompanied by the sounds and the smells of a bygone era.