Pickering to Ruddings Road Round
Pickering is a lovely ancient market town in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire with Pickering beck flowing through it. Pickering sits at the foot of the Moors overlooking the Vale of Pickering to the south. There is ample to do here with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Beck Isle Museum, Pickering Castle and nearby Dalby Forest. Market day is held on Tuesdays, it is only a small market but the main street will be closed to through traffic. Pickering also has a few hotels and plenty of B&Bs for a perfect holiday or short stay.
The railway is the second longest heritage line in the UK running 18miles from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale, Goathland to Grosmont and Whitby. Pickering station has been a terminus since 1965 when the Malton-Pickering route connecting to the York to Scarborough main line was closed. Prior to becoming a terminus the double-track railway took up the space which is now The Ropery (a road) and the car park to the east of it. Trains run daily from mid March to early November and only selected days through the winter. The trains are mostly steam, but at certain times heritage diesel engines are used.
Pickering Castle is a classic well preserved example of an early earthwork motte and bailey castle refortified in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries. The original wooden castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1069-70, Henry the 2nd began the rebuilding of the castle in stone in 1180. Over the years the castle has served as a royal hunting lodge, a law court and prison, and an administrative centre. The castle was abandoned from the mid 1600s until 1926 when English Heritage took over. The castle is open from 1st April-30th June Thursday to Monday 10am-5pm. The 1st July-31st August daily 10am-5pm. 1st-30th September Thursday to Monday 10am-5pm.
The little hidden gem of Pickering, well worth a visit, is the Studiotozer ceramics at Rock Cottage, a ceramics artwork studio and gallery, situated 1 mile north of Pickering centre on the heritage walk running parallel with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This is a fascinating and very friendly place run by Brian and Sally Tozer, producing their own work of wood fired ceramics and run classes in ceramics and art to suit individual needs. Classes can be for individuals or for groups up to ten. They also undertake many body casting themes and desires. If you wish to make a holiday of these classes they can also provide B&B or self catering accommodation. Contact them on 01751 475323 or take a look at some of their work at www.studiotozer.com we would like to thank Brian and Sally for making us very welcome.
We park in the car park near the beck in the centre of Pickering and walk to the North Yorkshire Moors railway station here we go over the station bridge along the platform and into the station car park. At the end of the car park we turn left, go over the bridge over Pickering beck and follow the path through an old quarry and into the field. We then go slightly left and down to a gate, go through the gate and follow the path (heritage walk) to New Bridge, stopping at Rock Cottage to take a look round the Studiotozer ceramics gallery.
We cross over the railway then turn left, over the railway again and past the signal box then into the quarry. Here we turn right keeping to the path at the side until we reach a gate. We go through the gate and follow the path, passing a path on the left then a path on the right, until we come to a shooting range with a junction of three paths we take the right hand one. We then follow this path through the wood until we come to open fields and then to Yates Farm. On reaching the road we turn left and then take the next right onto Ruddings Road. We follow the road and cross over the Bridleway, going straight ahead and down a steep hill (Farwath Road) to a ford. We go over the ford to have a look at Farwath and the railway line and then back over the ford to resume our walk. Just before the ford we turn right going up a steep path until we reach a gate. We go through the gate and uphill to the remains of High Blansby, here we turn left and follow the Bridleway back to New Bridge, passing Blansby Park Farm, West Farm and Park Gate. On reaching New Bridge we turn left. We walk down the road and take the path on the left to the castle. We have a look round the castle then back on to the road and follow the road, passing the trout farms on the right, back into Pickering.
A moderate walk with a steep decline and incline.
Approx 8.5miles using OS map OL27.
Pickering is in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire.
From York take the A64 to Scarborough and take the A169 into Pickering.
Toilets and Refreshments
In Pickering there are two public toilet blocks one in the car park next to Pickering Beck and the Co-op and the other one in the car park near the roundabout. There are also public toilets on the station platform and inside the castle.
For refreshments in Pickering there are plenty of cafes and pubs to choose from. There are also plenty of shops and also a shop on the station platform and inside the castle.