The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the county’s most iconic family attractions, and passengers can hop aboard a steam train from Whitby and chug their way into the heart of the national park. The railway is all about old fashioned stations in the middle of the countryside, smartly uniformed guards and steam engines that can be heard for miles as they make their way through the moors.
There’s one station in particular that attracts hundreds of Harry Potter fans to the line every year – Goathland. The station was used as Hogsmeade Station in the first of the films so it’s a fantastic photo opportunity for visiting muggles! It was also used as Aidensfield in ITV’s Heartbeat, and it’s always fun to sit back with a hot drink the the cafe that was once the goods shed.
Many choose to walk from Goathland to Grosmont and pick up the train from there since the walk’s mostly a downhill one, but those who stay on to visit Pickering can explore Pickering Castle and the Beck Isle Museum before continuing along the line. Newton Dale Halt station lies right in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, so anyone keen to tackle a hike or get cycling through the scenery can request this stop and use it as a starting point.