I don’t know what it is, but there’s something magic about steam trains.
Perhaps it’s the authentic taste of yesteryear travel, or the sheer size of the steam engines – it could even be the fact that they run on time.
And the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a fine example of how it should be done, and something of a world leader.
With six stations from picturesque Pickering to fang-tastic Whitby, it’s a beautiful ride through the incredible National Park that is the North York Moors.
The engines are something to behold and their size and power is best exampled when they belch steam as you prepare to board.
If you fancy the full experience, do the 90 minute trip from the afore mentioned locations, but it’s just as fun to do a shorter hop as the railway carves a path through breathtaking countryside.
Goathland station deserves a special mention as its heritage and authenticity saw it bag a leading role as Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone.
A good tip is to catch one of the early trains and head out early, breaking up the day up with stops along the way. Do try and build in a visit to Whitby for its Gothic glory and maritime history.
Pickering is well worth a visit too – great pubs, excellent food and quant little streets intersected with a meandering watercourse.
Special events add even more magic to a ride, so keep a lookout for Railway in Wartime from October 10 to 12 and the spellbinding Witches and Wizards week from October 25 to November 2.
If it’s relaxation you’re after, with enough options to let off steam, it’s well worth tracking down.
Prices: From adults £14, children £7, under 5s free
Opening Times: From 9am (see website)
Car Parking: Various
Attraction Website: www.nymr.co.uk
Telephone: 01751 472508
For more days out see www.yorkshire.com