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The station at Pickering

So much so for my planning a trip to Lincoln and emailing all my friends back home about the Da Vinci Code connection, it was an impulse decision that morning that I'll go elsewhere. Thanks to all the lovely  brochures I saw at the hostel, I thought I might as well explore a bit more of Yorkshire. So the most natural and touristy thing to do was the Harry Potter ride.

The problem with most parts of Northern Yorkshire is that while they're all beautiful, they didn't seem that well connected by touristy Britrail trains. They do have buses going there regularly. I walked to the railway station and caught the bus to Pickering where I'd be boarding the "Hogwart's Express".

Here comes the Hogwarts Express!
The bus ride was lovely, different as the landscape were all farmers' fields and not wild greenery. Pickering as a town seems very nice and very open. It's supposed to be a market town. Lots of people, outside cafes, it seemed perfect for a sunny day although one wonders how it would fare in the rain.

Lunch was soup and sandwich at the lovely cafe in the railway station. The Hogwart's Express arrived! This is the only (or one of the few) locomotive trains in the UK. It was a delight just seeing it. Note, I am not a Harry Potter fan but this train is really nice to see. Check out the picture of the interiors... just as good.

The train ride was nothing that special. It took about an hour or so till we reached the 3rd stop which was Goathland. This was the legendary Hogsmead Station also featured in Harry Potter films. The city is really a handful of shops and houses, and is an UTTER delight.

inside the train
This place doubled up as Ainsdale in the 90s British TV series "Heartbeat". I went for a walk, and had some lovely fresh ice cream. I BEG you guys to look at the picture of the railway station, it's a CORKER by itself, and goes down as one of my better pictures.

The train ride back, I slept throughout, reached Pickering and another 1.5 hours later, I was back in York. I feel bittersweet about this day. I would think the train ride wasn't really worth it but just to get off at Goathland Station and walk around the town was worth the whole day. I cannot wait to get back to Yorkshire and do a bit more exploring around. I can't believe that a lot of these places aren't even properly promoted in tourism  books. Good things I s'pose, you get to see them while they're still unspoilt.

Vikram says:
It is! Mate of mine visited recently
Posted on: Jan 14, 2016
trippin_jen says:
Vikram, this is nice! I'd like to visit this place. Is it still running/open to public? Cos your blog is from 2006, 10years ago! Please share tips!
Posted on: Jan 14, 2016
PhinsAndGills says:
That's AWESOME! I'm a big Harry Potter geek, so I think this would be GREAT!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2007
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The station at Pickering
The station at Pickering
Here comes the Hogwarts Express!
Here comes the Hogwarts Express!
inside the train
inside the train
Gotta love the English countryside!
Gotta love the English countryside!
At Goathland station aka Hogsmeade…
At Goathland station aka Hogsmead…
Lovely view of Goathland station
Lovely view of Goathland station
Harry Potter, eat your heart out!
Harry Potter, eat your heart out!
Goathland city centre used in as A…
Goathland city centre used in as …
random shots of the town
random shots of the town
Another house I wouldnt mind livi…
Another house I wouldn't mind liv…
Pickering
photo by: Vikram