Nick and I have been itching to take the children to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway ever since we relocated up here in 2014, but always end up with very jam-packed weekends (such is life with children!). As H-Bear is train mad, we decided to take him for his birthday a couple of weeks ago – and we had the BEST time!
We parked at Pickering station, which is absolutely beautiful (parking was £5 for the day). The station is full of wonderful exhibitions, a shop, a café, and even a picnic area – which is where we had our lunch as we’d missed the train by about 3 minutes!
After consulting the timetable, we decided to catch the train to Levisham, which was only a 20 minute journey (but plenty long enough for two overexcited, slightly-overtired children), and then explore the stop for an hour before travelling back.
The train journey to Levisham was beautiful; so much gorgeous Yorkshire countryside, through the valley, and we even had our own compartment!
But it was nothing compared to Levisham station itself! It fulfilled every Enid Blytonesque dream of what the day would be like.
After exploring the station – and the surrounding area – it was time to get the train back to Pickering… where we made a friend:
And then back home, where both children snoozed in the car and we finally opened H-Bear’s presents! (A wooden train track!)
I can’t recommend North Yorkshire Moors Railway enough – all the staff were so friendly and helpful, and we can’t wait to go back and visit again. I’ve heard a rumour that Father Christmas likes to visit in December, so I think we might have to book that adventure soon!