Amazing Yorkshire Train Journeys That You Must Take
Of the 264 million nationwide rail journeys that were taken last year, 20% of these were in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Yorkshire is famous for some of the most scenic railways in Britain, many of which have been featured on television. The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard is now in its third series, showing on Channel 5, and has attracted an average of 1.13 million viewers per episode. The show follows the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), a not-for-profit organisation that runs heritage steam trains. Wherever you travel in Yorkshire, whether it is on a vintage locomotive or a modern train, there are some amazing trips you can take that are not so much about the destination, but more about the journey.
Middlesbrough to Whitby
The Esk Valley Railway takes you on a beautiful route from Middlesbrough, through some wonderfully picturesque villages to the historic town of Whitby. The journey takes just over 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a good price for a ticket, rail experts Split my Fare will do it for you, and could save you up to 90% on standard rail fares. Train tickets can be instantly downloaded onto your phone with no booking fees. From Middlesbrough you will pass through the North York Moors National Park, then past one of the most distinctive hills in the area, Roseberry Topping. You will then travel through the Esk Valley following the river all the way to the seaside town of Whitby – just look out for Dracula when you get there.
Pickering to Whitby
If you want to have your own Yorkshire Steam Railway experience and enjoy travelling at a slower pace, the NYMR journey from Pickering to Whitby is essential – this takes you directly through the moors. On the way you will stop at Levisham, Newtondale Holt, Goathland and Grosmont, with their attractive platforms in the 1930s style. Newtondale Holt is the perfect place to make a stop and have a little stroll and spot some wildlife on the moors. If you’re feeling peckish, there is a beautiful little tearoom at Goathland where you can get a proper cup of Yorkshire tea and a piece of parkin. The journey on the steam train takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and is great fun for all the family.
Settle to Carlisle
The train ride from Settle to the border town of Carlisle is one of the most iconic in Britain. The journey covers 72 miles and takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will travel through the Yorkshire Dales, with one of the most exciting parts of the trip taking you across the Ribblehead Viaduct. It took 2,300 men five years to build the viaduct, from 1869-1874, and it has been featured in many TV shows and movies, including the ITV drama, Jericho.
The train isn’t just a way of getting from one place to the next. In Yorkshire you can travel in style and see some of the most magnificent scenery in Britain.