Lying just outside the
National Park, this ancient market town lies
at the foot of heather-clad moors and was
originally a Celtic settlement dating to
270BC. Its church has medieval frescoes,
discovered beneath whitewashed walls, which
include a 9th century scene of King Edmund
being put to death.
Pickering Castle was once besieged by Robert the Bruce but is now a joyously well-preserved ruin. It was apparently used as a hunting lodge by every English monarch up to 1400. Richard II was kept prisoner here in 1399 shortly after being deposed.
Beck Isle Museum has rooms devoted to different aspects of life in the past - from a barber’s shop to a public bar.