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Combine walking in the North York Moors National Park with Pickering’s War Weekend...

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

This is going to be a cracker of a weekend as it combines some great walking in the North York Moors National Park with a chance to join in the celebrations that hark back to the end of World War ll.

The War Weekend at Pickering and the surrounding villages has become a popular event as it’s based around the atmospheric steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway that just lends itself to the re-enactment of the World War ll victory celebrations.

In a nutshell:

  • Revel in the re-enactment revelry – think beer festival, live music and much cheer!
  • Enjoy easy walks along routes that are brimming with history and stunning autumn colours.
  • Have a blast on the steam train as it trundles through scenic landscape that really has that ‘step back in time’ feel.

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Our base for this weekend is the YHA at Lockton, a former schoolhouse in a quiet backwater in the heart of Dalby Forest.

While the location is like stepping back in time, the YHA does have all the mod cons including a cosy wood burning stove that guests will readily congregate around as the initial introductions soon give way to easy chatter.

On Friday evening we dish up an evening meal but don’t despair there won’t be any re-enactment of wartime rations here, as we pull out the stops with a table laden with good food.

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After devouring a good walker’s breakfast and packing up lunch we head out of Lockton for a glorious walk through woodland that will be stunning with the colours of autumn shining through and across open moorland to reach Goathland.

This tiny village has a big reputation, not just for being the setting for Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat but also because its train station became Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film.

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Adding to the atmosphere the station will be decked in bunting as enthusiasts dressed in authentic 1940s outfits cheer in the steam train.

We hop on the train and enjoy the journey back to our nearest station Levisham where there is usually a beer festival and live music playing providing a perfect opportunity to raise a glass in honour of victory!

1940’s fancy dress is optional for this weekend and day walk but there will be a prize for best dressed. 

We then head back to the YHA where we prepare the evening feast and relax after all that revelry.

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Today we pack up and then step out for our walk to Pickering, a lovely town and central hub for the Wartime Weekend.

Here we spend time absorbing the atmosphere where crowds in period dress together with parades of 1940s vehicles and army trucks, dancing, workshops and live music from the era create an authentic piece of living history that is great to watch.

We then jump on the steam train for our journey back to Levisham before we head our separate ways home.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Dalby YHA
Old School,
YO18 7PY

North York Moors

Free Train Station Collection:

We will have a limited number of free collections from Malton Train Station. We will be collecting at 3pm and then again at 7pm. These must be booked and are available on a first come first served basis.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions and the train fares are not included.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Vegetarian or Vegan:

We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

Ticket / room types:

Shared Room – This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

Private Rooms – Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

Early Bird – On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…


You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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