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.
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.
From here until after Great Ayton, the boundary of the North York Moors National Park follows the railway line.
The North York Moors National Park have obtained funding for a five year project to protect and highlight the fascinating history behind the Iron Stone mining. To find out more, click on the Land of Iron image.
Ingleby Greenhow rocked by gruesome murder
Read a melodramatic account of a murder committed in 1924, involving two local railway workers.
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.
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.
|Sample fares from Battersby||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£10.20||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£5.50||
|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
Train times from Battersby (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 02.04.17
Train times from Battersby (15.05.16 to 10.12.16)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays until 06.11.16
|*Only runs Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta, Friday 28 October for hallowe’en and Friday 4th November for Goth weekend.|