The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is a world-famous heritage railway in North Yorkshire that runs through the North York Moors National Park.

The market town of Pickering is the southern terminus of the Railway and it is here where most people catch the heritage line north for 18 miles through the heart of the North York Moors, stopping at Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont.

Grosmont is the northern terminus of this railway, but you can transfer there to trains on the Esk Valley Line to Whitby.

Be sure to visit Goathland, the ‘celebrity station’ – it served as the original Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Although the voyage on this heritage line is the main attraction, you can easily combine this extraordinary experience with a lovely walk.

Take the train to Goathland and enjoy a 3-mile walk to Beck Hole. This walk will lead towards the famous Mallyan Sprout waterfalls. From Beck hole you can venture out to Grosmont. From where you can catch a train back to Goathland.

But if you are up for it, you can make a figure-of-eight back to Goathland.

This 8 mile loop through this beautiful part of the North York Moors will add to the Railway experience because along the way you will hear the soothing whistle of the steam engine while it makes its way through the valley.

You can also disembark at Levisham Station and walk back towards Pickering. An 8 mile stretch through valleys, farmland, and woodland.

Or walk from Lewisham Station through Newtondale. A 6-mile circular that combines easy valley-bottom walking with a climb into the trees for a lovely woodland adventure.

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