A 10-mile walk from Commondale to Lealholm, with afternoon tea and a pub meal

Danby Park. Photo Rachel Adatia

Danby Park. Photo Rachel Adatia

We took the 12.41 from Whitby to Commondale. From here its a 2½-mile walk to the next station Castleton Moor, along a clearly waymarked bridleway, along a ridge, beside open moorland, with fine views across the dale. We started the walk by leaving the station on a minor path through a gate, turning right onto the major track. At Castleton we picked up the Esk Valley Walk , signposted to Danby (the whole route is clearly waymarked), and walked on another couple of miles to Danby, arriving there about 3.30pm. We enjoyed looking round the exhibtions at the The Moors National Park Centre and had tea and cake at the excellent tea rooms.

Around 4.30 pm we set off to walk the 5 miles to Lealholm across the moor. We rejoined the Esk Valley Walk from the vistor centre, eventually heading up to Danby Beacon and continuing east across Lealholm moor, then dropping down into Lealholm village around 7ish for a welcome pint at the Board Inn which is beside the bridge overlooking the River Esk. We spent a very enjoyable leisurely evening at this wonderful unspoilt village pub which serves great food and a selection of real ales. At the end of the evening we contentedly strolled a short distance up the hill to catch the 21.36 train from Lealholm station back to Whitby.

Useful weblinks:


Start the walk at Commondale
End the walk at Lealholm

For timetables, detailed station information and more, visit the Esk Valley Railway main website, www.eskvalleyrailway.co.uk.
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