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The biggest centre for miles around, PICKERING takes for itself the title "Gateway to the Moors", which is pushing it a bit, though it's certainly a handy halt if you're touring the villages and dales of Yorkshire's eastern moors. Its most attractive feature is its motte and bailey Castle (April– Sept daily 10am–6pm; Oct Mon & Thurs– Sun 10am–5pm; £3; www.english-heritage.org.uk), reputedly used by every English monarch up to 1400 as a base for hunting in nearby Blandsby Park. The other spot worth investigating is the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life on Bridge Street (March– Oct daily 10am–5pm; Nov to mid-Dec Fri– Sun 10am–4pm; £3.50; Web: www.beckislemuseum.co.uk ), which has reconstructions of a gents' outfitters, and barber's shop, a case full of knickers, and two giant Welsh guardsmen painted by Rex Whistler for a children's party.
Buses stop on The Ropery; the North Yorkshire Moors Railwaytrain station is less than five minutes' walk away.