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 and the fire bricks were used for lining the blast furnaces in Glaisdale and Grosmont. 

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

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

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.

Beyond Boundaries (Pictured top right)
Offering fully inclusive activities, training, sports and courses in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire.  Beyond Boundaries also have a range of animal to meet including pigs, llamas, chicken, donkeys, goats and sheep. Ring 10287-660571 for more details. Five minutes walk from the station.

The Cleveland Inn
In the centre of the village, 250m past Beyond Boundaries.
Tel: 01287 660214

Yorkshire Community Archeology have run digs at Sand Hills House, above Commondale. More information 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.

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 and through woodland. You can come back on the other side the railway, or catch the train back.Heading eastwards for Commondale and well into the sheep country of the North York Moors National Park. Photograph by Phil Brown,

Off-Peak fares from Commondale   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 7.60
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.70
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

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

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