Travelling by train is less carbon-intensive than travelling by car. Rail is the environmentally friendly and socially responsible travel option.
More than 90% of visitors travel to the North York Moors National Park by private car. However, cars harm the beauty and tranquility of our countryside.
Local people think that increasing road traffic poses the greatest single threat to the special qualities of this area.
CPRE's tranquillity maps demonstrate that there are only a few really large areas of tranquillity left in England. Tranquillity is threatened by the steadily increasing urbanised area, the development of the road network, the growth in road and air traffic and the expansion of energy infrastructure. The Esk Valley Railway provides easy access to some of the most tranquil areas in North Yorkshire.
Speeding traffic along some roads is causing the death of many wild animals, game and farmers' livestock. For example, in 1996, traffic caused 185 sheep deaths on the road between Castleton and Hutton le Hole.
If traffic levels continue to increase on the North Yorkshire Moors (as is predicted by the Department of Transport and the Countryside Commission), it will cause physical damage (e.g. destruction of verges, land permanently taken for car parking and road widening), loss of peace and tranquillity, more danger for pedestrians, cyclists, horse-riders and other motorists, air pollution, intrusive and unpleasant noise and other social and environmental effects.
Taking the train doesn't only help the environment. There are many other benefits:
- You can enjoy beautiful views out of the window instead of having to concentrate on the cars, road signs and navigating your route
- You can get up and stretch your legs whenever you want to
- You don't need to wear a seat-belt
- You can eat and drink safely and comfortably
- You can enjoy a conversation or playing games with the children
- You avoid the stress of traffic hold-ups and bad-tempered fellow drivers
- You don't need to use a map to find your way to your destination
- You will complete your journey in the time you expect. There are no unpredictable traffic jams on a train
- You can read or book, make a mobile-phone call, day-dream or doze off without endangering your life or other people's lives
- You can use the toilet whenever you want
- You’re in safe hands - rail is nine times safer than car travel (ATOC, 2008)
- And when you get there, you don’t need to find a parking space, or worry about parking tickets
You can relax...
Other local alternatives to the car
Cycle Hire - Doctor Cranks Bike Shack
20-22 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AJ Tel: 01947 606661
The Old Railway Station, Hawsker, Whitby.
Tel: 01947 820207 www.trailways.info
Coastal & Country Coaches Ltd
Whitby Town open-top bus tour. Hourly service, 7 days a week, April-September. Just pay the driver
Tel: 01947 602922 www.coastalandcountry.co.uk
Esk Valley Mobility
For scooter and wheelchair hire by the day or weekly. Also emergency repair and servicing. The shop is based at Unit B4C, St Hilda's Business Centre, The Ropery, Whitby, YO22 4ET. Tel: 01947 825555 or 07909963407. Email: email@example.com
Special arrangements can be made to meet the train with a scooter or wheelchair at the station if required.
The Captain Cook Experience
An authentic replica of HMS Endeavour at 40% of the original ship's size, which sails around the harbour and along the coast to Sandsend. Berthed in the harbour at the Fish Quay. Contact 01723 364100, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.endeavourwhitby.com
The Yellow Boats
Daily trips around the bay (25-30 minutes), sunset cruises (1 hour), visits to Staithes (approximately 3½ hours), twilight cruises (45 minutes). Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tel: 07941450381 or visit www.whitbycoastalcruises.co.uk
Ruswarp Pleasure Boats
Rowing boats and canoes. Open seven days a week, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Two minutes walk from Ruswarp railway station. The 95 bus also drops you off on the way to Sleights. 'Millbeck', The Carrs, Ruswarp, Whitby, North Yorkshire. YO21 1RL. Tel: 01947 604658/601610 or visit www.ruswarp-pleasure-boats.co.uk
The Hollin Hall Riding Centre at Great Fryup, Eskdale. Tel: 01947 897470 or visit www.hollinequest.co.uk
Also available at Sleights, tel 1947 810415 for more details.
You can take bikes on the train free of charge and without the need to make reservations BUT there is only room for two cycles. For cycle route ideas and cycling related websites to help you plan your trip, visit the cycling page.
Every Sunday from mid-July to late-September the Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are running the Moors Rambler Bus service. Connecting Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough- Ormesby - Guisborough - Danby - Hutton-le-Hole - Kirbymoorside - Pickering.
The Esk Valley Walk is 35-mile waymarked trailk which takes you from the source of the River Esk to the sea at Whitby harbour, passing through many of the villages along the Esk Valley Railway line. For more information and walksheets which can be for downloaded, visit the walking page.