Lovely Lealholm

view-near-gate-lealholmWe used the 10.40 am train leaving Nunthorpe for Whitby and alighted at Lealholm station at 11.26 am. To the rear of the station there is a gate by the side of the old goods yards. This has a stile by the side of it and a waymark sign. We walked along the soft grassy track very gradually rising up onto the moor where we could see across the valley for miles as it was a lovely clear day.

After the path started to diverge near a gate we walked back down the hill towards the station where we turned left and walked over Lealholm bridge spanning the beck, passing the Catholic and C of E churches in the village. The other one is the Methodist Chapel where there is a Quaker burial ground close by.

chapel-lealholmWe walked over to the village green where there are covered quoit boards and sat down for our picnic lunch. After lunch we walked over to the lovely bakery opposite and treated ourselves to a delicious ice cream which we ate whilst exploring the stepping stones leading to the rear of the village. Here there is a garage with petrol pumps reminiscent of ‘Heartbeat’, together with a lovely well stocked post office. There is a glass artist studio which we looked in as well – lovely individual items based on the local scenery.

lealholm-chicken-in-gardenWe then spent a pleasant time exploring Poets Cottage nursery which is always a delight to visit. We had our tea and scones in the Beckside Tearooms – ideally situated in a sunny spot overlooking the beck. There is a sign on the Old Mill House near here pointing out the levels that the water in flood has reached over the years. The old farmhouse and cottages are very picturesque with beautiful gardens. We called into the local grocery store for some fruit and a paper whilst we waited for our train on to Whitby at 15.00 pm.

train-line-lealholmFrom Whitby we were in plenty of time to catch the x93 bus back to Guisborough having had a pleasant day in the Esk Valley.

For timetables, detailed station information and more, visit the Esk Valley Railway main website, www.eskvalleyrailway.co.uk.
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