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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Coming Soon  | Turbine Talk & Visit| Tales of Iron | Land of Iron | Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Ghost Walks Meander Down the Esk


Please note there are no trains on Saturday 23rd June and on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st, the last train in either direction (17:56 from Middlesbrough and 19:34 from Whitby) WILL NOT be running. This due to RMT strike action.

Commondale Land of Iron Heritage Hub
  Monday 18 to Friday 22 June
 Archaeology Dig


Community Archaeological dig at Land of Iron  Heritage Hub at  Commondale with Dr Jon Kenny.
Costs: 5 per day or 20 for the whole week. 

Contact Beyond Boundaries on 01287 660571 to book a place and for further details.

Beyond Boundaries also run an Art Group on Mondays, Bird Watching on Tuesdays and a wool workshop on Thursdays. 10am to 2.30pm.  Ring
01287 660571 for more details.

Live Trains

Lealholm Ley Hall - Short walk from Lealholm Station
Sunday, 24th June 2pm to 4pm
Hunt for Herbs afternoon

Train Timetables for Lealholm

Live Trains

Come and hear about more about where to find herbs, how to grow  them and uses past and present.  

Enjoy a free hedgerow drink with herb related nibbles.

Enter the free draw for vouchers for herb plants from Poets Cottage Nursery, Lealholm.
To book a place (limited spaces) via

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

Music & Ale Trains - Fridays in June, July & August


We are still hoping to resolve the problem that means the train will need to go into the sidings at Middlesbrough before coming back to Whitby. This would mean everyone, including the musicians and the bar and its staff leaving the train at Middlesbrough, crossing via the subway to the opposite platform and re-joining the same train. We believe this is unnecessary and impractical. We have made strong and repeated representation to Northern to try to get the previous arrangement whereby the train terminated and started back from the same platform re-instated, but without success so far.

Until then, we cannot book musicians or publicise the train, but if we do manage to get a change then we will let you know.

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

New Train Timetables for Danby (from 20 May)
Live Trains
Moors Bus Connections

North York Moors Railway
Click here for Special events, Timetables and Tickets

Running from 24th March to 4th November, 2018


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.

Photo: Copyright John Potter

Moors Bus has re-started
  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


Ruswarp Village Hall & Community Turbine Visit
"Community Hydro Afternoon"

Friday 6th July at 14:00

TurbineCome along to Ruswarp and hear how well the turbine is performing and research into how to optimise generation.  Then take a short walk (Five Minutes walk - bring wellies if wet) to the Turbine itself and see it running.  If you are lucky you may spot otters!

The site visit will finish in time to catch the train back into Whitby or up the line towards Middlesbrough.

The Village Hall is just two minutes walk from the station, turn right and it is on your right just after the Primary School.

                 To book a place, please email:

Live Trains

Danby Village Hall - Short walk from Danby Station
"Tales over Tea"
The story of the Rosedale ironstone mines by Malcolm Bisby

Wednesday 18th July at 14:00

Part 4 of 4 on 18th July - same time and venue.
Train in from Whitby leaves at 11:58 and arrives 12:38 and there is one back to Whitby at 14.55 and 18:45.  There is also a new train that leaves Midlesbrough at 12:55 and arrives in Danby (where it terminates) at 13:43 and one back towards Middlesbrough at 16:40 (note new timetable from 20th May).


New Train Timetables for Danby (from 20 May)
Live Trains


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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