Little M and I had been looking forward to our day out on the trains since our holiday to Pickering was booked. Mrs M had sorted everything, and we were booked on the first train of the day through the gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside before finishing at Whitby for some fish and chips and some fun on the beach.
On the morning of our adventure, I shared our plans for a steam powered trip to the seaside and was kindly notified by NYMR on Facebook that there were problems with several engines meaning the early morning trips would be hauled by a classic diesel locomotive. This enabled us to adjust the expectations of a very excited toddler before we arrived.
We have been to NYMR on several occasions, and it has always impressed us as a couples day out or family excursion. Volunteers are friendly and helpful especially when challenges and delays occur.
The journey through the restored stations and scenic countryside heading towards the mainline was as lovely as ever. We took turns to look out of the window, point out cows, bridges and sheep, all of which kept our toddler entertained alongside detailed explanations It is a long journey for any child once the initial excitement has worn off, so a Thomas Tank Engine Magazine was purchased ahead of the trip to ensure on topic entertainment was available.
Once we arrived at Whitby, we headed to Co-Op for a bottle of water and toilet stop (there are none at the train station) and then down towards the beach.
It was a gorgeous day in the midst of a mini heatwave, so although visiting midweek, the seaside was busy. It did provide a uniquely british atmosphere, which we all enjoyed as we tucked into our fish and chips sat on the sand watching the donkeys pass by.
Whitby is a lovely place to visit. Previous trips have taken us to the castle ruins along the iconic steps which feature in most Yorkshire adverts. All a short walk from the station there are several different expeditions you can have at Whitby, including a darker exploration of the home of Count Dracula!
A couple of hours on the beach and a walk along the pier with more seafood to eat and a few photos kept us busy until it was time for the return journey to Pickering, which to our delight was powered by steam!
Our whole day was a great success. It was the perfect family day. Little M’s enjoyment of trains is a big factor, but it had something for all of us, whilst also being a nostalgic and memorable adventure.
Full Steam Ahead for the Seaside!
A fab fun family day out to the seaside can be a risk with the British Weather, so linking it with a trip on the rails is a great way to mix two activities in case the sun doesn’t shine!
If you and your children like trains and can be entertained in a railway carriage then it is a memorable day out for the full family.
The only downside for railway enthusiasts is that you are more likely to miss out on the engine shed and other features on the NYMR as you travel on to Whitby.