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.
Yorkshire Community Archeology are running a dig at Sand Hills House starting on 22nd August. More information here.
The Cleveland Inn
In the centre of the village
Tel: 01287 660214
East to Castleton
A 2½-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.
A 9-mile circular walk from Commondale station. A long but relatively gentle walk over undulating moorland and across fields.
- Download a pdf of the Moorland Magic walk (A walk in the Esk Valley produced by the North York Moors National Park Authority, from NYMNP website)
|Sample fares from Commondale||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£8.70||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£7.10||
|Journey times from Commondale|
|To Whitby||48 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||41 minutes|
Access to the single platform is step free.
There is a waiting room at the end of the platform.
Commondale is an unstaffed station.
Volunteers maintain the station environs.
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
Loftus Taxis 01287 640989
A2B Skelton 01287 651063
Falcon Taxis Guisborough 01287 630333
Local buses: these buses stop near Commondale.
27 Northallerton - Whitby but finishes 2nd April 2014
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Grid reference: NZ665100
Lat/Long: 54°28'52.6"N / 0°58'29.5"W
Train times from Commondale (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 02.04.17
Train times from Commondale (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.|