North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has confirmed that in a festive first, the attraction will break from its usual winter tradition of shutting down to visitors, and will instead remain operational from December until March 2021.

Commencing December 26th, the NYMR will be operating The Optimist, a daily service which travels 24-miles along the heritage line from Pickering to Whitby, which has proved hugely popular amongst visitors this year. Anyone planning on visiting from Boxing Day until 3rd January will be able to travel the whole length of the line, through the North York Moors National Park and have time to explore the historic seaside town of Whitby, before embarking on the journey back to Pickering.

If you’re looking to walk off your festive feasting then why not by hopping on The Rail Trail from Grosmont to Goathland which departs twice daily at weekends until January 2nd 2021*. Visitors can climb aboard at Grosmont and take a short scenic journey to Goathland, before walking the 3.5mile return journey on a classic walking trail along the original 1836 route of the railway line. Today, the remaining path along the old track gives chance to reflect on the history of the railways as well as an opportunity to enjoy a range of beautiful North York Moors scenery including ancient woodland, fast flowing becks and rolling hills.

From January 4th until February 28th, the attraction will also be running one Optimist service and two Rail Trail journeys every Saturday through to Tuesday, with the exception of 13 – 21 February, when both services will operate every day, to accommodate family visitors looking for entertainment during the school half term.

To bring the winter season to a close, the attraction will be operating one Optimist and two Rail Trail services every Wednesday through to Sunday from 1st to 26th March 2021. Details of the official 2021 season are yet to be unveiled.

Due to Covid-19 control measures** and to help the railway maintain capacity, pre-booking on all services is essential, so book now by visiting

*Dec 26 – 3 Jan:

Optimist service departs Pickering at 11.20 – Whitby return 14.30

Sunday only service departs Pickering at 9.20am and Whitby at 13.15

Rail Trail departs Grosmont twice daily at 11am and 13.15 with Goathland return (optional) at 12.25pm and 14.30 during weekends

4th Jan to 28th Feb

One Optimist and two Rail Trail services running Sat – Tues (closed Wed – Fri) excluding 13 – 21 Feb when both services will operate daily

1 – 26 March

One Optimist and two Rail Trail services will operate every Wed to Sun (closed Mon & Tues)




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