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 Walks Meander Down the Esk

Music & Real Ale (& Cider) Train
serenity  sCS

       Friday 3rd August & 24 August            Friday 10th August
                       Serenity Duo                         Steve Chapman Smith

           Sam                           Sooty

            Friday 17th August                              Friday 31st August
                Sam Lenton                                           Roger Sutcliffe

The Train departs Whitby 19:34 calling at all stations to Middlesbrough. Returns 21:20 from Middlesbrough and arrives back into Whitby 22:50. Beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks, as well as snacks available.
[A later train then heads back to Middlesbrough, but with no music or ale.  Arrives Middlesbough 00:25]


Traction Engine Rally - Hawsker Lane, Whitby
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th
10 to 15 minutes walk from Whitby Station - up the 199 Steps!


A full programme of top steam fair attractions including: Tractor Pulling, Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Vintage Tractors, Classic Motorcycles, Fairground Organs, Miniature Steam Engines, Stationary Engines and Vintage Commercials.

The event will also include: Trade Stands, Autojumble, Craft and Fine Food Marquee, Old Time and Modern Funfair, Non-stop Arena Entertainment, Catering & Licensed Bar.
More Information from here

Live Trains

Summer fun at Ormesby Hall - Near Marton Station
Lots of activities and events taking place through the Summer

Less than 10 minutes walk from Marton Station
Various Dates - See here.

Sport days
Tuesdays: Archery, Wednesdays: Races, Thursdays: Triathlon


Outdoor Theatre - Thursday 9th August at 6:30pm

This year Ormesby Hall is proud to welcome Chapterhouse Theatre Company and their performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on Thursday 9 August at 6.30pm

Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice's journey couldn't be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family in Ormesby Hall's beautiful garden.

The garden is the perfect setting for outdoor theatre and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland promises to delight adults and children alike. So grab your lawn chairs and head for some evening entertainment.


Live Trains to Marton Station

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show
Tuesday 7th August
St Hedda's School Room, Egton Bridge


The 2018 show will be held on Tuesday 7th August and it is open to the public from 2 PM.  There will be music playing in the afternoon and the prize giving will begin at 6 PM.

The show is held in the School Room of St. Hedda's RC Primary School which is located just the other side of the railway line, next to the RC Church of the same name.

Live Trains

Whitby Regatta
Friday 10th to Monday 13th August
Trains in from Hexham, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Darlington


The Whitby Regatta 2018, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th August, presents to you a full weekend of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.


Over one hundred and seventy years of aquatic competition and entertainment. The Whitby Regatta is probably the oldest sea Regatta on the northeast coast and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years.

Live Trains

Danby, Egton & Castleton
August & September

    Wednesday 15th August, Danby Show - 15-20 minutes walk from Danby Station
    Wednesday 22nd August, Egton Show - Shuttle Bus to & from Egton Station

    Saturday 8th September, Castleton Show - 5 minutes walk from Castleton Station


We will be attending these three Shows this year so come and ask us your questions about the Esk Valley Line or pass on your comments or ideas for the future.  We need your feedback so come nd find us!

Live Trains

Pictur-Esk Lealholm
National Parks Guided Walks - To book, see below
Wednesday 15th August


Part of the North York Moors National Park’s Guided Walks Programme. Our scenic 7-mile walk crosses the River Esk on stepping stones from picturesque Lealholm, and heads through woods, across farmland and open moorland to Glaisdale Rigg. Steep hills and stiles.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Packed lunch required. Sorry no dogs. Minimum age 14.

Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Our guided walks are free, although a suggested donation of 2 is welcome, helping us to care for the National Park.

Booking essential via Eventbrite For more information call 01439 772738.

From the Station, take the tarmac road to join the main road down into Lealholm and the Car Park is approx 100m down the hill on the left.

Live Trains

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

Hunt for Herbs Photography Competiton


Following on from the launch of the "Herb Line" Event in Lealholm on Sunday 24th June, it is time to "Hunt for herbs" along the Esk Valley line and send Moor Sustainable your best two photos of herbs. The herbs can be growing on a station platform, in the wild or in a garden (make sure you ask permission of the gardener though).There will be prizes of 25 each for :best photo of herbs at a station; best photo of wild herbs taken on a walk between/near stations; and best photo of cultivated herbs taken on a walk between/near stations. Photographs should be high resolution, JPG format over 1 MB.

 Closing date for entries is 30th September 2018 and the winners will be announced by the 31st October 2018.Please submit your photographs by email to Moor Sustainable Full details and rules can be found on the Moor Sustainable website.

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 is running all summer...
  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Hol Mondays
 From 20th May until 30th September, 2018


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

Bus Times at Danby Station

Moors Bus Timetables

New Train Timetables for Danby (from 20 May)

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

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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