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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On Going projects  | Land of Iron | Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Ghost & Guided Walks Meander Down the Esk

What's on...

From.... Whitby Events
Music & Ale Late Train Friday, 26th October for Goth Week-end
Departs Whitby at 19:34 see below...

North York Moors Railway - Join the NYMR at Grosmont Station
Coming up for Hallowe'en - A spooky service will run from Pickering on the 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 October from 6:45pm

Danby Moors Centre Events (Near Danby Station)

Ormesby Hall Events (Near Marton Station)

To.... Middlesbrough Events

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Esk Valley News

North York Moors National Park Events


Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October

Whitby Pavilion & Other Locations

MusicPort is here again, Tickets on sale here
with the full line-up here
and details on the MusicPort on Tour


Train times into Whitby

Late Train for Goth Weekend

There will be a late running train into Whitby, and back to Middlesbrough on Friday 26th October, the start of Goth Week-end. 

Departs Middlesbrough 21:20, Arrives into Whitby at 22:49. 
Departs Whitby at 22:57, Arrives into Middlesbrough 00:24

We have Sam Lenton providing the Music on Board, if you missed him in the Summer, then now's your chance to hear him perform - he's good!

sam        goth

This photo won second prize at the Community Rail Awards, 2108, from our Station Adopters at Battersby

What's on during Goth weekend
and line up is

The Owl & the Pussy Cat
Two matinee dates that you can get to by Train


Tuesday 23rd Oct, Whitby Coliseum. Starts 14:30
Tel: 01947-825000 for tickets
Train into Whitby Arrives 11:59, gives you plenty of time for lunch (The Coliseum does good value lunches) then catch either the 15:59 or the 19:34 back towards Middlesbrough.
Live Train Times to and from Whitby

Wednesday 7th Nov, Danby Village Hall. Starts 14:30.
Tel: 01947-897587 for Tickets
Train in from Middlesbrough arrives at 12:55.  This is a pub, shop and a cafe near the Village Hall.  Return at 16:40 to Middlesbrough, and direct onto Hartlepool & Newcastle.  From Whitby, it doesn't work so well; the 11:58 arrives Danby at 12:38, but coming back it is a long wait until 18:45.

Live Train Times to and from Danby

For tickets, other dates and times,
see Esk Valley Theatre website

Hunt for Herbs Photography Competiton


The photography competition is now closed.  Winners winners will be announced by 31st October 2018. Full details and rules can be found on the Moor Sustainable website here.

Danby, Egton & Castleton
August & September



We had a stand at three shows this year, Danby, Egton and Castleton. A competition ran at each one where people had to guess how many people had travelled on the Esk Valley line last year, with a prize of a family rail ticket from Northern. The idea was to try and get more people signed up to the Newsletter and with thanks to some Board Members and Station Adopters lending a helping hand, this was a huge success, we added over 150 people to the mailing list and have three lucky winners for the competition, the answer was 832,066 just in case you were wondering.  The winners have been informed and will be receiving their free Northern Railway passes soon. There are also some free tickets for our 1,000 newsletter subscriber.  If you would like to receive our newletter, which comes out every two months, subscribe via our newsletter page 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
  • January and February, weekends only until half term, 10.30am to 4.00pm
  • Daily from 12 February until 31 March, 10.30am to 4.00pm
  • 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

North York Moors Railway

NYMR runs trains from 24th March to 4th November, 2018

Click here for Specials, Timetables and Tickets


Take the Northern Railway Service along the Esk Valley to Grosmont and join the North York Moors Railway here.  Avoid Parking problems and charges - it can get very busy in Grosmont.

For Esk Valley Line train times to Grosmont see here and for live departures, here.

Sleights The Post Box Cafe (10 minutes from Station)
Mondays 1pm to 3pm
Games & Cup of Tea


Come along play board games, chess, dominoes and enjoy a cup of tea at this community cafe.  Every Monday between 1pm and 3pm.  It is a walk of around 10 minutes up the hill and on the right hand side opposite the butchers.

Live Trains

Moors Bus restarts in May 2019
  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 will be working with NYMNP and Moors Bus to enable access to the project sites via public transport. To this end, the recent announcement of year-round Sunday train services is a timely boost to this aim.


  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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