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.
During the late 19th century, Battersby station was a
busy and important railway junction as vast loads of ironstone,
extracted from the Moors (especially at Rosedale and the Esk Valley
near Glaisdale and Grosmont) were transported through here to feed the
hungry blast furnaces of Teesside. There was also a railway line
extending by means of a steep incline onto the moor at Bank Top. The
station features at Battersby which survive from that time include a
water tower, a platform watercrane and a turntable base. The old
buildings are now private dwellings and there is now a playground
nearby with a newly named train - to find out more on facebook
There are now two extra services that come down at least as far as
Battersby Junction on Monday to Saturdays. A direct service from
Newcastle (11:41, arrives 13:25 and goes on to Danby) and also from
Newcastle direct (16:43, arrives 17:30, turns here and goes back to
Newcastle direct (departs Battersby at 17:44, arrives Newcastle 19:46)
Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2019
Enjoy a scenic trip up or down the Esk Valley and call in on one of the pubs for a meal or drink, then catch the train coming back, or try a walk from one station to the next.
The Exploited Land of Iron
See the Walks below.
Bank Foot Farm - Ingleby Incline - Greenhow Moor - Turkey Nab
(7+ miles )
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.
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
(9 miles )
This 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.
Ingleby Greenhow rocked by gruesome murder
Read a melodramatic account of a murder committed in 1924, involving two local railway workers.
|Off-Peak fares from Battersby||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£8.90||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£4.80||
|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.
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 near the station entrance.
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
Ayton: 01642 722 448
Local buses: these buses stop near Battersby.
84 Stokesley - Kildale
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
The nearby village of Ingelby Greenhow has a post office and pub, the Dudley Arms Inn.
Grid reference: NZ588072
Lat/Long: 54°27'28.0"N / 1°5'35.2"W