Trains stop at Battersby station for up to ten minutes because each train needs be reversed and the driver has to exchange tokens. This arrangement prevents any possibility of two trains occupying the single track simultaneously. From here until after Great Ayton, the boundary of the North York Moors National Park follows the railway line.
There are now two extra services that come down as far as
Battersby Junction on Monday to Saturdays. A direct service from
Newcastle (11:40, arrives 13:28, then back to Newcastle direct at 14:03, arrives 15:54) and also from
Newcastle direct (15:40, arrives 17:31, then back to
Newcastle direct at 17:57, arrives Newcastle 19:49). These services go via Hartlepool.
All Northern Timetables
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby
During the late 19th century, Battersby station was a
busy and important railway junction as vast loads of ironstone,
extracted from the Moors were transported through here to feed the
hungry blast furnaces of County Durham and Teesside. There was also a railway line
extending by means of a steep incline onto the moor at Bank Top (see below).
Image: courtesy Land of Iron Archive, NYMNP
station features at Battersby which survive from that time include a
water tower, a platform watercrane and a turntable base.
buildings are now private dwellings and there is now a playground
nearby, maintained by the Battersby Junction Community. More information here.
Esk Valley Railway Forget-me-not Dementia-friendly Train
Due to coronavirus, we have had to cancel until further notice.
This service was running on the first Wednesday of
the Month with
live music from the Dave Clegg Duo, sing alongs and bring your own
picnic. We will get this back as soon as we are able. For a flavour of
last year's trains, see here.
Land of Iron Walks
There are ten circular walks from stations, including this one, with close connections to
the Ironstone mining era of the late 1800s. Try the train up the Esk
Valley to Great Ayton or down to Grosmont; each station
has an information board that tells a story and shows a map with a
circular walk for you to enjoy. The information boards were
funded by the North York Moors National Park's Land of Iron Team and
you can find out more about this amazing project here. There is also a permanent exhibition at the Moors Centre, Danby, which is a 20 minute walk from Danby station.
Ingleby Incline Walk
This walk traces the railway line by which iron ore was transported from Rosedale to Battersby. Below is a reconstucted image of what it may have looked like. To download this ten mile walk, click here.
Photo courtesy of Land of Iron Project
North York Moor CAM offers an informative photographic record of the walk which can be altered to begin and end at Battersby station, or extended - along the Cleveland Way - so as to finish at Kildale station.
Battersby to Castleton
This nine mile linear walk along moorland paths, tracks and minor roads is decribed on the Dales Trails website. This walking club often includes linear walks using the Esk Valley Railway in its summer programme.
|Off-Peak fares from Battersby||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£7.60||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£5.30||
|Journey times from Battersby|
|To Whitby||60 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||25 minutes|
There is a gated crossing to the platform, which is unsuitable for disabled passengers but possible with assistance.
There is a shelter on the platform.
The approach road to the station entrance is unmade, very uneven and sometimes muddy.
Battersby is an unstaffed station.
Replacement bus pick-up point: on the main road, where the track to the station joins, approx 300 metres.
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
01642 722 448
Blueline & Marton Taxis of Stokesley 01642 595 555
Local buses: there are currently no buses coming through Battersby.
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Grid reference: NZ588072
Lat/Long: 54°27'28.0"N / 1°5'35.2"W