Route of the Esk Valley Railway


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.

Live Train times to and from Kildale

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

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

The station features at Battersby which survive from that time include a water tower, a platform watercrane and a turntable base.


BJCAThe old 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
Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00. The Esk Valley Railcard is valid on peak services.
Journey times from Battersby  
To Whitby 60 minutes
To Middlesbrough 25 minutes

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