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If you think of North Yorkshire you might mention York, Scarborough or Harrogate before Pickering, but this burgeoning market town’s tucked seamlessly into the rolling foothills below the wild untamed natural landscape of the North York Moors. As well as nestling at the edge of this ever-loved National Park, Pickering’s long been the terminus for stream trains chugging through the craggy hills and steep moor valleys from Whitby, making it a bustling base for adventures in the park.

Things to see

Nestled just outside the National Park, Pickering’s a perfect spot if you fancy hiking, pony trekking or cycling along the trails of the North York Moors – an area of grassy heather-shrouded flat-topped hills, breathtakingly steep valleys and ancient wooded forests. If you fancy something more sedate take a slow stroll along one of the park’s easy trails, noting the far-reaching stillness, interrupted only by the rustle of grass in the breeze and the twitter of birds as they flit past. Once you’ve had your fill of fresh air, take a look at 11th century Pickering Castle. With its surprisingly well-preserved motte-and-bailey structure of a stone keep atop a grassy mound, it’s a great place for kids to play kings and queens. Out of town, Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo’s a fun-packed adventure-filled hotspot of thrill rides and child-pleasing animals, including a colony of mischievous penguins.

Hotels in Pickering

With just a handful of hotels, most of the town’s accommodation comes in the form of 3 or 4-star rated guesthouses and B&Bs, perfect for enjoying some welcoming Yorkshire hospitality, pleasing home comforts and cosy accommodation. If you fancy splashing out, check in to a boutique 4 or 5-star luxury guesthouse for something extra special, including thick cloud-like cotton duvets, deep bubble baths and hearty homemade breakfasts of high-quality locally-sourced ingredients. Cheap Pickering hotels tend to be traditional inns – or pubs with rooms – while plenty of rural farmhouse guesthouses provide stacks of chintzy countryside charm with rose-filled gardens and charming period buildings.

Where to stay

A stay in Pickering makes it so easy to pop on your hiking boots, meander out of town and head onto the trails and way-signed footpaths of the North York Moors. The town itself, though not overly big, is quite steep in places – a good thing to keep in mind when headed home from the pub after a few evening pints! If you fancy some peace and quiet, head out to the countryside, while nearby villages have a true sense of community – perfect for those wanting seclusion with the benefit of a few amenities like a local pub.

How to get to Pickering

Despite being home to the North Yorkshire Steam Railway, Pickering Eastgate Station doesn’t run any mainline train services, so head to York if travelling by train. From there it’s a 1.5 hour bus or car journey to the town. To really get the most from your visit, consider travelling by – or hiring a – car. Although public bus routes crisscross the area, having a car will give you more independence to explore the stunning Yorkshire countryside. It’s possible to don your boots and walk into the moors from Pickering, or take the steam train for an old-school day out.