“Away from the packed commuter routes and main
intercities, the backwaters of our national rail network harbour some
of the most beautiful rides in the world.
“Leaving Teesside, the train chugs out across the North York Moors … along the leafy valley through Danby, Egton and Lealholm – surely the prettiest village in Yorkshire – to Whitby's bracing sea air, fine Georgiana and looming Gothic church. This is England's green and pleasant land, writ large over 36miles ... it will make you sigh”
The Sunday Times
The Esk Valley Railway connects the rural communities in the North Yorkshire Moors with the city of Middlesbrough and the historic seaside town of Whitby. The railway also offers an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and stress-free way to view and explore this magnificent landscape and lovely villages.
2016 Sunday Trains Northern is running a Sunday service on the Esk Valley Railway every Sunday from 20th March until Sunday 6th November - one week extra to cover the slightly later Goth Week. There are four return services on Sundays. See the timetable page or specific station pages for times.
More trains on the Esk Valley line A new early-morning weekday commuter service from Whitby along the Esk Valley line to Middlesbrough plus year-round Sunday services are to be provided by the new Northern Rail franchise. Read the press release.
On this website you will find inspiration for days out and practical information to help you plan your journey. Here you can:
- print-off timetables for individual stations, choose a station from the list of links at the foot of any page.
- read about things to see, what to do and where to eat at places along the line
- download walking and cycling routes
- find out about fares and discounts
- view a calendar of events
- discover the environmental benefits of travelling by train
This website is commissioned and maintained by the Esk Valley Railway Development Company, a not-for-profit Community Rail Partnership. The train service is operated by Northern Rail and the line is owned by Network Rail.
Esk Valley Railway Outings
Share your experiences and find inspiration.
Share your stories, memories and experiences of great days out involving the Esk Valley Railway, to inspire others to enjoy the line too.
Rail Ale Trail
The new version of this leaflet gives details of many of the great pubs along the Esk Valley Railway line.