About Pickering in North Yorkshire
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Pickering is an ancient market town and parish of Ryedale district in the county of North Yorkshire. The town sits almost at the centre of the Vale of Pickering and is the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park, which are often referred to as the Yorkshire Moors.
The Vale of Pickering stretches East to West from the outskirts of Scarborough along the southern edge of the North York Moors, to Helmsley at its western extremity.
By road it is situated around the crossing of the (A170) Scarborough to Thirsk road - with the (A169) Malton to Whitby road, located between York and Scarborough, approximately 7 miles from the (A64) York to Scarborough Road.
According to a mythical legend, the town was established by King Peredurus around 270BC. Although there is no evidence of such a king existing outside of folklore. There is evidence though, of a settlement living around the glacial lake created here during the ice age.
Previous names for Pickering include Piceringas and Pykering. The official ‘Coat of Arms’ includes an image of a pike with a ring through its lip and Pickering Town Football Club are known as the Pikes. It would seem therefore that the name Pickering has it’s origins not only with the lake, but also with the fish that would most certainly have inhabited the lake.
Being surrounded by the vast expanse of heather covered, rolling moorland, mature forests and the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. All of which are territory to many stately homes, ancient churches including abbeys and ruins alike, plus wonderful beaches and vast rocky expanses. An array of popular visitor attractions to entertain holiday makers and day trippers alike, all come together to make Pickering a perfect location to visit and from which to explore the locations beyond.
Within the boundary you’ll find the Great Yorkshire Forests of Dalby Forest and Cropton Forest. Popular visitor attractions include: The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway (the longest steam railway in England). The Beck Isle Museum with its unique collection of black and white photography and displays of rural life.
Nearby are the market towns of Malton, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley can be easily accessed by car or public transport. Attractions such as Flamingo Land, Castle Howard and Duncombe Park are just a few of the most renowned visitor allurements England has to offer. Some of the UK's prettiest villages such as Thornton Le Dale, Hutton Le Hole and Goathland are just a short drive. Fans of the TV series Heartbeat will know Goathland as Aidensfield. Harry Potter fans can explore locations used in the filming of Philosopher's Stone - a good place to start is Pickering Railway Station.
The outstanding North York Moors with heather covered rolling hills, valleys, rivers and abundant wildlife lead all the way to the Yorkshire Coast where you can visit Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Robin Hoods Bay. The city of York is just over half an hour by car, or a good tip is to park in Malton and take the train.
Pickering is a tranquil market town and the perfect location for taking a peaceful rest, at the same time providing lots to explore for the more adventurous, or family holiday / vacation.
The abundance of nearby attractions include:
- Theme Parks
- The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
- Stately Homes
- The Moors
- Yorkshire Coast
- Fountains Abbey
- Rievaulx Abbeys
and much more more.
There is a wide variety of holiday accommodation from camping to farm house bed and breakfast - through to full board in a range of quality hotels.
Pickering hosts many events, from car boot sales to spectacular country fairs and galas.
There are a number of arts exhibitions and special themes held in the town and people come from many parts of the world to take part.
They include re-enactments including the now world famous World War II / Wartime Weekend, Steam and Traction Engine Rallies, Craft Fairs, Arts Festivals, Theatres to mention only a few.
There is a vast amount of history involving Pickering and the surrounding areas including: Roman occupation, Royal Decrees and famous battles with the Scots.
These days visitors from both the UK and abroad receive a warm friendly welcome. Plus a wider range of facilities and attractions than many expect to find in this tranquil and beautiful part of the world.
Pickering is the ideal UK. vacation location for getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside and forest drives in the UK. In the evenings the town is a lively social event with local Pubs serving a variety of beers, wines and spirits. Many serve traditional meals and bar snacks.
There is also a good number of restaurants to choose from. Here you can take a gourmets holiday with traditional local dishes plus French, Indian and Chinese cuisine available in the town. There are a number of takeaways serving a wide variety of fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, French fries and kebabs.
For the adventurer there is everything from gentle country walks to long distance hiking, plus outstanding forest drives through nature reserves, plus some of Europe's best on and off road cycling routes in Dalby Forest.
You can take a long vacation in Pickering and never have to do the same thing twice.
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