More than a driver - a local guide
When we arrived in Thirsk, it was our intention to rent a car for a couple of days so we could ride out into the surrounding moors and dales. However, it seems there is no car rental agency in the town. However, our hostess at the B & B suggested a friend Mike who has a taxi and is quite an expert on James Herriott (Alf Wight). She called him for us to see if we could hire him for the day which we couldn‘t but he did take us by the last house Wight lived in and the one where his partner lived as well as the one belonging to the character known as Mrs. Pomphrey and her silly little dog, Tricky Woo, lived. He then took us to Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park, left us to explore and then picked us up again at the appointed time. All this for much less than a rental car would have been for one day. We also booked him to take us to the train the next morning where he went out of his way to help us get our luggage up the steps for the crossover. He is a very nice gentleman and a great local expert. You can give him a call when you are in Thirsk or even e-mail ahead of time.
Your on the right track
When you get off the train at the Thirsk stop coming from York, be assured that you are in the right place. It is rather open and there isn't much in the way of signs. Walking to town will give you a great feeling of the Herriot landscape. You do pass some sheep and lots of fields, but if you pass the racetrack you know you are heading in the right direction.
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Alternative to the car
Thirsk is by far easiest to reach with your own car but if you don't have one, catch a regional train to Thirsk train station from York. The station is in the middle of nowhere next to a field full of sheep and from here you have to walk (or wait for the once in a blue moon buses) or take a taxi. I did the walk there and it was OK but would have been awful in bad weather.
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