Route of the Esk Valley Railway


Commondale today is a quiet farming-based village. Before 1947, it possessed a brickworks, which explains why some of the houses, the church and the school are, unusually for this area, built of this material. The Esk Valley Railway freight services played a vital role in transporting the bricks and tiles beyond this locality. 

John Crossley, who owned the brick, clay pipe and pottery works is commemorated by an inscripton on the prominent brick built village institute building. The Crossley works closed in 1947.

The first railway station, built in 1880, is on the other side of the railway bridge.

Live Train times to and from Commondale

Full Timetable in pdf format

Yorkshire Community Archeology are running a dig at Sand Hills House. More information here.

Beyond Boundaries

Offering fully inclusive activities, training, sports and courses in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire. Beyond Boundaries also run an Art Group on Mondays, Bird Watching on Tuesdays and a wool workshop on Thursdays. 10am to 2.30pm. Ring 01287 660571 for more details. Five minutes walk from the Station.

Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2019

Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
Enjoying a pint of beer

A late Friday service starts on Friday 29th March with Music & Ale back on from the first Friday in May.
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 Land of Iron
TELThe 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 logo.

The Cleveland Inn
In the centre of the village
Tel: 01287 660214


East to Castleton

A 2-mile walk to the next station Castleton, along a clearly waymarked bridleway, along a ridge, beside open moorland, with fine views across the dale. To start the walk, leave the station by a minor path and through a gate, then turn right onto the major track.

Heading eastwards for Commondale and well into the sheep country of the North York Moors National Park. Photograph by Phil Brown, Moorland Magic walk

A 9-mile circular walk from Commondale station. A long but relatively gentle walk over undulating moorland and across fields.

Off-Peak fares from Commondale   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 7.80
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.30
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

Journey times from Commondale  
To Whitby 48 minutes
To Middlesbrough 41 minutes

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Live Train times to and from Commondale

Full Timetable in pdf format

Travel the route: follow the links to find out about the stations
Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby
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