A trip to Pickering
Enjoy an ancient and traditional market town in the beautiful North York Moors
Pickering is a historic and lively market town situated in the
Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. A settlement since the third
century, local legend holds that Pickering gained its name when
King of the Britons, Peredurus, lost a ring which was later found
in the belly of a pike caught in the local beck.
Abundant natural resources and arable land suggest that Pickering originated as a farming community until the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century when a castle and church were built, around which the town grew. Today, the ruined Norman castle remains one of Pickering's highlights, whilst the beautiful Pickering Parish Church, which was extended significantly between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, is unmissable for its contrasting architectural styles, historic wall paintings and stained-glass windows.
A prosperous agricultural and market town - Pickering's market is still held each Monday - a railway connecting the town with the port of Whitby, twenty-four miles away, was completed in 1836. This historic railway, one of the oldest in the world, was closed in 1965 but rescued by the Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society and is now a stunning heritage steam railway: the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Officially the gateway town of the beautiful North York Moors National Park, Pickering's scenic location, rich history and many attractions make this traditional English market town a fascinating and enjoyable destination.