Route of the Esk Valley Railway


The village of Danby has an excellent shop selling organic fruit and veg,  The Stonehouse Bakery and cafe, two pubs - one just up the hill from the Station and the other, less than a mile away in Ainthorpe and a Village Hall and Church within 200m.

There is now an extra evening train down to Danby that leaves Middlesbrough at 20:34 and arrives Danby 21:33. 

Live Train times to and from Danby

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

The Danby Moors Centre

About a mile (20 mins walk) from the station lies the Moors National Park Centre, a former shooting lodge and now the main information centre for the National Park, with  permanent and temporary exhibitions (especially of local artists and craftspeople), a gift shop and cafeteria, picnic and children's play areas. For more information and exhibition schedule, visit The Moors Centre website. Full details of opening times here.

Stop off at the Stonehouse Bakery for refreshments on the way and then another 15 minutes walk.

 MoorsBusLogo Moors Bus - check the website to see when it will start

Normally runs from 1st May to 30th September,  on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. Moors Bus connects with some Esk Valley services at Danby Sation and goes up to the Moors Centre. More information here...

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.

Danby Agricultural Show - CANCELLED!
The 160th Danby Show was to be held on Wednesday 11th August 2021, at Danby, North Yorkshire.

Land of Iron project

TELThe North York Moors National Park have completed a five year project to protect and highlight the fascinating history behind the Ironstone mining. There is a permanent exhibition at the Moors Centre, Danby - take the Moors Bus (if it is running, or walk the 15 minutes from Danby Station. To find out more, click here Land of Iron.

Canon Atkinson

The Reverend John Christopher Atkinson was Vicar of Danby from 1847 until his death in 1900. A pioneering archaeologist, geologist, folklorist and philologist, he remains best known for his book Forty Years in a Moorland Parish, first published in 1891, which is a fascinating account of the landscape and people in and around Danby.

Duck Bridge

Duck Bridge, Danby by Trish SteelClose to the station is a fine example of a single arched packhorse bridge. Dating from the late 14th century and long known as Castle Bridge (Danby castle itself is a short distance uphill from here), it has been called Duck Bridge after the well-respected local stonemason George Duck, who restored it in the 18th century.

Water Mill

Also close to the station is a fully restored and working 17th century watermill.

Danby Castle

Approximately a mile from the station, just above the foot of Little Fryup Dale, is Danby Castle, built in the 14th century for the Latimer family. It was the home of Katherine Parr, who became the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The largely ruinous medieval remains incorporate a later farmhouse. The Danby Court Leet, a body of freeholders with various governmental powers over this locality, still meets here.

Danby Show

Held in August each year:

Stonehouse Bakery and Tearoom

A short walk from the station, turn right at the Duke of Wellington Pub and past the shop and it on your left up a bank. This is a small craft bakery and cafe dedicated to producing high quality craft breads and bakery products.

Danby Health Shop

Next to the Duke of Wellington Pub, this shop stocks a good range of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, loose teas, health food and drinks and lots more.

Duke of Wellington Inn

2 West Lane, Danby, near Whitby, YO21 2LY
Tel: 01287 660351

Fox and Hounds

45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, near Whitby, YO21 2LD
Tel: 01287 660218

St Hilda's Church

Located some two miles from Danby village, St Hilda's occupies a magnificent site at the heart of Danby Dale that has served as a burial ground since pre-Christian days. Incorporating Saxon and Norman remains, the church has developed organically. It has a 15th century perpendicular tower. The nave was rebuilt in 1789, the gallery in 1806 and a chancel that dates from 1848. The churchyard contains several listed tombs and headstones.

For further information: 01287 660125


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.

Danby Beacon

About 2 miles north-east from the railway station, on the route of the Esk Valley Walk, and set in heather moorland, is Danby Beacon, a prehistoric burial mound which has views for many miles over all the surrounding landscape. Here, in Napoleonic times, there was a beacon – tended by a soldier and his wife who lived on-site – which would have been lit in the event of a French invasion. More recently, during World War II, a radar station was situated here.

Danby station to Commondale

An 11-mile circuclar route passing three moorland crosses, Siss Cross, Job Cross, and White Cross, with views of Castleton.

Danby and Castleton: Walk with Bob Woodhouse

A series of scenic footpaths and bridleways run through birch woods and open moorland to link two of Eskdale’s attractive village settings at Danby and Castleton.

Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkThe Esk Valley Walk passes through Danby. More about the Esk Valley Walk.

St. Hilda's Way

St Hilda’s Way is a new (2015) 40 miles long-distance trail in North Yorkshire, starting from Hinderwell and finishing at Whitby Abbey. The walk is designed as a pilgrimage and visits eight Churches and Chapels all dedicated to St Hilda, as well as two other churches named after St Hedda and St Mary. At each location there is a special focus on a different aspect of the saint’s life, something to find in the church and the opportunity for reflection and meditation.  You can join the walk at Danby Station. More about the St. Hilda's Way.

Off-Peak fares from Danby   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 6.80
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.90
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

Journey times from Danby  
To Whitby 42 minutes
To Middlesbrough 48 minutes

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