We walked the 10 miles for Egton Station to Whitby after catching the first train from Whitby in the morning. great walk and made it in time for a great lunch.
A 10 mile linear walk following part of the Esk Valley Walk, a Regional Route long distance path in the North York Moors, the return leg being completed by train. The walk largely follows the route of the River Esk and the train line through the base of the river’s valley taking in the rolling hills, quiet lanes and agricultural fields that cover the region.
The route has several climbs and descents throughout and the paths (through woodland and fields) can get very muddy after periods of rain. There are 7 stiles (some of which are tall with enclosed fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over) and lots of gates and flights of steps along the way. Near the start of the walk you will cross the River Esk via a series of stepping stones (although you can omit this part if you wish). You will be sharing the paths and fields with a whole array of animals – we came across sheep, cattle, goats, geese, hens, turkeys and donkeys – so take particular care with dogs. You will also need to cross the rail line several times at un-signalled crossings so keep children and dogs under close control at these points. There are public toilets in Egton near the start of the walk. Approximate time 5 hours.
The walk starts from Egton rail station. If you are coming by car it is easiest to park in Whitby and take the train to Egton to begin the walk. Rail services on this line (Whitby to Middlesbrough) are very limited so check timetables to plan your day. There is a rail car park immediately in front of Whitby Station, or a long-stay pay and display car park just 300 yards further along Langbourne Road. Approximate post code YO21 1YN.
You will also walk along a stone trod – a stone paved path, You will be following sections of this on and off at least as far as Sleights. These stone trods, or pannier ways, are very common on the North York Moors and date from the late 16th century. They were laid to help the movement of packhorses laden with goods destined for the markets. Monks also laid these stones on exposed routes across moorland between abbeys and villages to ease the journey of travellers. You will notice the centres of the stones dip slightly through centuries of wear.
You can find full details of the route including detailed directions, a map and snaps we took along the way.