Pickering, the ‘Gateway to the Moors’ is reputed to be one of the oldest towns in the area, dating back to 270BC when founded by Peredurus – King of the Brigantes.
The skyline of the town is dominated by the magnificent spire of the Church of St Peter and St Paul which contains some remarkable 15th century murals. Pickering Castle which dates from the 12th century was once a royal hunting lodge.
There is a wide variety of shops, cafés and pubs in Pickering, a lively street market on Mondays and regular farmers’ markets.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is the country’s most popular heritage railway. The 18 mile line runs between Pickering and the village of Grosmont through the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park. One of the villages on the route is a popular location for film and TV makers, featuring as Aidensfield in TV’s Heartbeat series and Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films.