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Pickering - North Yorkshire
A very warm welcome awaits you in Pickering North Yorkshire, an attractive and historic market town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Pickering, known as the “Gateway to the Moors”, is reputed to be the oldest town in the District, dating back to 270 BC when founded by Peredurus, King of the Brigantes. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Pickering was an important outpost to William the Conqueror; thus he built a stone motte and bailey castle whose remains you can visit today.
Pickering is a tourist centre and as such has numerous places where visitors can enjoy themselves. At the top of the sloping market place, where a busy street market takes place on Mondays, is the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul, where 15th century murals decorate the walls, and whose magnificent spire dominates the skyline.
At the bottom of the market place is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway station where you can board the 18-mile steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors National Park and to the North Yorkshire Coast. The railway is the second longest heritage line in the UK and the station at Goathland has featured in the Harry Potter films and TV's Heartbeat.
For those wanting to know more about the history of Pickering there is Beck Isle Museum with its fascinating colection of artefacts, mainly from the Victorian era and a collection of local photographs by Sidney Smith.
Pickering Castle lies to the north, a splendid example of a 12th century motte and bailey construction, and which was once also a royal hunting lodge. Originally built of wood by William the Conqueror to suppress rebellious northerners.
Pickering Trout Lake and the Moorland Trout Farm, where you can catch your tea and feed the fish, are close at hand.
The traditional Monday market, a monthly farmer's market, a daily indoor market plus flea markets and car boot sales held regularly in and around the town offer excellent opportunities for bargain hunting. The traditional local shops, selling top quality goods and in many cases, local and fair-trade produce, are complemented by excellent cafes and hostelries. Pickering's antique shops are legendary and the auction rooms offer both value and entertainment.
Welcome to Pickering.