Route of the Esk Valley Railway

Castleton Moor

The village of Castleton is a short walk uphill from the station. it is one of the largest villages on the moors and used to be the main market for Upper Eskdale. There are shops and cafes and a pub on the main route through. Next to the station is The Eskdale pub & restaurant which is due to re-open soon.

The church on the edge of the village houses oak furniture designed by Robert Thompson, “The Mouse Man of Kilburn”, hallmarked with his distinctive carving of a mouse.

Live Train times to and from Castleton Moor

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

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Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby

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.

Reapair to Railway Bridge at Castleton
The bridge was damaged by a lorry strike in early 2019. The whole span has now been replaced and the foundations have been re-inforced. 

Bridge SPMT

Land of Iron Project

TELThe North York Moors National Park have obtained funding for a five year project ending in 2021 which highlights the fascinating history behind the iron stone mining story of the late 1800s. To find out more, click on the Land of Iron logo.

St Michael and St George

Designed by Leslie Moore in 1926, this fascinating church replaced the village's old iron church and was conceived of as a memorial to local people who perished in the War. Built from local stone by local craftesmen it contains superb examples of fine workmanship with furniture by Robert Thompson of Kilburn and a beautiful oak reredos designed by Mary Moore which depicts St Michael and St George slaying the dragon.

For more information: 01287 660388

Castleton & Danby Floral & Horticultural Society Annual Show

A traditional North Yorkshire village show, held on the second Saturday in September. Includes, craft stalls, classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, vintage engines, motorcycle trials display, children's foot races, free face painting, tug-of-war, birds of prey, local children's Salsa Band, terrier show, lurcher show, ferret show and pony sports. The station is 150 yards from the showfield. More information about Castleton & Danby show

The Eskdale Inn

Close to the station
Tel: 01287 669659

The Downe Arms

Uphill in Castleton village
Tel: 01287 660223 

Beacon View Farm

Luxury self-catering holiday barn accommodation for six. Open all year round. Vaulted Grade II listed building at the heart of the North York Moors National Park in DanbyDale.
Contact: Crag House Farm, Danby Head, YO21 2NW
Tel: 01287 660864 Mobile: 07811 364919 


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.

East to Danby

A 2-mile walk following the Esk Valley Walk route, which runs along the side of the dale through a deciduous wood and open moorland to Danby, the next station eastwards. To start the walk, leave the station, turn left and follow the main road uphill for a short distance, looking out for the Esk Valley Walk finger post (a leaping silhouette of a leaping salmon) on the right.

West to Commondale

A 2-mile walk to the next station Commondale, along a clearly waymarked bridleway, along a ridge, beside open moorland, with fine views across the dale. To start the walk leave the station, turn left and follow the main road uphill. Where the road turns to the right, there is bridleway (and cycle route) clearly signed off to the left. Follow this track.

Danby and Castleton

Easy access by rail to villages in the Esk Valley offers any number of linear or circular routes, but one of my all-time favourites links Danby and Castleton.

Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkThe Esk Valley Walk begins at Castleton Moor station, and its first loop of 16 miles takes you back here after Danby Dale, High Blakey and Westerdale.
More about the Esk Valley Walk.

Sample fares from Castleton Moor   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 7.40
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.80
Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00. The Esk Valley Railcard is valid on peak services.
Journey times from Castleton Moor  
To Whitby 45 minutes
To Middlesbrough 45 minutes

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