Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route
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Dementia Train Pubs along the Line  | Other Things to do | Land of Iron  Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Ghost & Guided Walks Meander Down the Esk


"We're Good to Go" is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has followed Govt/industry COVID-19 guidelines. The following attractions in Whitby now have this mark:

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Whitby Abbey                         Captain Cook Museum    Dracula Experience

Bark                museum 
HM Bark Endeavour                   Whitby  Museum

Along the Esk Valley Line towards Middlesbrough

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National Park Moors Centre at Danby                             NYMR at Grosmont

Whitby Events coming up...

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Check for latest details
Live Times for Northern services to Grosmont Station
Alight here for the Rail Trail and other walks

Danby Moors Centre (20 mins walk from Danby Station)

Ormesby Hall Events (Near Marton Station) - Closed

To.... Middlesbrough Events

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Esk Valley News

North York Moors National Park Events


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Shortlisted for Community Rail Award, 2020

Suspended until further notice
due COVID-19 outbreak

We will be re-starting the Forget-me-not Trains once the medical advice allows us to, as it has proved a very popular and beneficial event.
Information on the Forget-me-not Dementia Train

Teesside Evening Gazette Story from March, 2020

Twitter link (Video from October Forget-me-not Train)

BBC Yorkshire : News Story & Video Clip
(From the 1st Forget-me-not Train in September, 2019)

Departs Whitby Station 11:58, all stations to
Middlesbrough and back into Whitby at 15:37.
This is the usual service, no extra charges.

Live Music by the Dave Clegg Duo along with 'Pets as Therapy' dog Quinn, who got a lot of attention too!


Forget-me-not Buscuits and seeds are handed out on each trip.


 Bring your own picnic and enjoy the ride from
Whitby to Middlesbrough and
gets back into Whitby 15:37.

Funded, with thanks, by 
, ACoRP & Northern Railway

The first of our Forget Me Not trains ran on Wednesday 4th September. People joined the train at Whitby and stations along the line, many bringing their picnics. Dave and Tony providing the music had everyone singing along and we even had people dancing in the aisles

The train departs Whitby at 11.58 and travels to Middlesbrough and back for the standard fare. If someone has a 20 Disabled Railcard, they and their carer get 30% off.

The train will run on the first Wednesday of each month: 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December.

Please watch our website/Facebook or Twitter for further information on a wonderful day out on what was voted one of the most scenic railways in the Country.

PUBS & WALKS ALONG THE LINE (once restrictions ease)

Try the train on any evening, Monday to Saturday to call in at one of the many pubs close to stations along the Esk Valley or take a walk between stations as the days get longer. Walking times are approximate and based on a leisurely 3km per hour or 100m in 2 minutes.
Pubs are based on location, not reputation.
Feedback welcome @EVRDC #trythetrain #trythepub



Great Ayton
"The Royal Oak" and "The Tannery"
1.1km:  22 minute walk into the Village

Battersby Junction
"The Dudley Arms" in the next village, Ingleby Greenhow
1.2km: 24 minute walk

"The Cleveland Inn"
500m: 10 minute walk from the station

Castleton Moor
"The Eskdale Inn" next door to the station - Closed from 1st June :(
"The Downe Arms" up in the Village.
600m: 12 minute walk

"The Duke of Wellington"
300m: 6 minute walk
"Fox and Hounds" in Ainthorpe
800m: 16 minutes walk

"The Board Inn" (pictured above)
300m: 6 minute walk, all downhill on the way there!

"The Arncliffe Arms"
200m: 4 minute walk

"Postgate Inn" next door to the station

"The Horseshoe" in the main village, go under the railway bridge then over the river and bear right. 600m: 12 minute walk
"The Wheatsheaf Inn" and “The Witching Post”  turn left and up the hill 
1.2km: 25 minutes, 15 minutes coming back!

"The Station Tavern"
100m: 2 minute walk

"The Salmon Leap"
50m: 1 minute walk

"The Plough Inn" up through the village on the A169
1.6km: 36 minute walk

"The Forge" in Aislaby.  Cross the river and the A169, bridleway
2km: 40 minute walk

"The Bridge" just over the road

Loads of pubs. "The Waiting Room" is on Platform 2 and over the road "The Station" (who are strong supporters of the railways) are both good starting points, with an excellent range of beers.

Try the CAMRA website to check what is available at each

Beyond Boundaries
Short walk up from Commondale Station

Have a tour of our farm and see what everyone has been up to this year.
Refreshments available.
Take the 10:20 from Middlesbrough which arrives Commondale 11:03 then 12:45 or 16:48 back up the Line towards Middlesbrough. From Whitby, take the 11:58 departure arrives 12:45 and then 14:48 back towards Whitby. Live Trains here


Events at Danby Moors Centre
Click here for events, exhibitions and things to do

Open all year round


  Opening times for the Moors National Park Centre and Inspired by... gallery
  • Daily April, May, June, July, 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Daily August, 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • Daily September and October, 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Daily November and December, 10.30am to 4.00pm
  • Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Open 26 December - 6 January 2019, 10.30am to 4.00pm

Live Trains
Moors Bus Connections (From May to September)

Moors Bus NOT RUNNING 2020
  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Hol Mondays
 Dates to be announced


Get into the moors from York, Malton, Pickering, Hull, Guisborough, Rosedale, Helmsley, Scarborough, Saltburn, Darlington, Thornton-le-Dale, Thirsk, Easingwold, Northallerton

Moors Bus Timetables

New Train Timetables for Danby (from 20 May, 2018)

Live Trains

On Going Projects

Land of Iron Project

This Exploited Land of Iron logo Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.

Esk Valley Railway are working with NYMNP and Moors Bus to enable access to the project sites via public transport. Watch out for the new information boards at Stations with walks and sights from the past to visit.


  Inspired by... Gallery at Danby

Inspired by... Gallery at DanbyThe beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. Artwork including prints and photography, and artisan crafts, from ironwork to jewellery, are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area.

Danby Moors Centre is a 20 minute walk from Danby station. The 10:28 from Middlesbrough gets to Danby at 11:17. You can return on the 12:55 or 16:40. From Whitby, the 08:45 gets to Danby at 09:25 and the 12:15 at 12:55. Return to Whitby on the 11:17, 14.55 or 18.29.

Dracula and Ghost Walks

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela Thirkill

Dr Crank invites you to join him on a 75 minute tour of Whitby to discover strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery and suspense.

TIME: 7:30pm

PRICE: Adults 5, Children (under 12) 3

The Ghost Walk starts from the Whale Bone Arch opposite The Royal Hotel, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3HA

Dr Crank Tel: 07880 801 957

No need to book – just turn up. Tour departs at 7.30pm

Guided Walking Tours of Whitby

Rose Rylands is a locally born storyteller who shares an intimate knowledge of the coast and surroundings, along with local folklore, history, mysteries and legends. She runs a variety of guided walks, including Guided Walking Tours of Whitby and Ghost walks in Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.

She also provides storytelling evenings for visiting school groups, as well as public speaking for weddings and events. All walks and events can be found on her website at

A Meander Down The Esk

Watercolour by John Freeman

A book of watercolour paintings that portray the River Esk in all seasons and moods by the artist, watercolourist John Freeman.

It highlights the wildlife, history and architecture through his watercolours and drawings of the River Esk from its source, Esklets in Castleton, to the sea at Whitby. Three years in the making, the watercolours are complemented by detailed line drawings. The scenes along the river include heritage railway bridges along the route of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway, which criss-crosses the river on its journey through the North York Moors National Park.

ISBN 978-1-903506-42-4

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Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby

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