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  | NYMNP Guided Walk | Land of Iron | Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Ghost Walks Meander Down the Esk

Music & Real Ale (& Cider) Train
This Friday, 13th July, we have the lively Serenity Duo


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]

Later this month, July

20th     Sam Lenton

27th     Steve Chapman Smith


3rd       Serenity

10th     Steve Chapman Smith

17th     Sam Lenton

24th     Serenity

31st     Roger Sutcliffe


North York Moors Railway

14th & 15th July is 60s Fest week-end
Click here for more information, Timetables and Tickets

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


Join us for 60s Fest where you will get the chance to head back in time to the swinging sixties with events up and down the railway. Enjoy the hits of the great female singers at Grosmont Station. Visit Goathland, once known as Aidensfield of Heartbeat fame, with classic cars and live music. Be transported to Memphis, as Levisham becomes ELVISham with the King’s greatest hits, Elvis exhibition and classic cars. 

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


Picture-Esk Lealholm
National Parks Guided Walk
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

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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