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.
The 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 image. The Danby Moors Centre (see below) will be hosting the launch of this project on Saturday 18th March. 10am to 4pm. Try the Train!
The Moors Centre
About a mile and a half 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. Now open daily (full details of opening times).
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.
Close 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.
Also close to the station is a fully restored and working 17th century watermill.
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.
Held in August each year: www.danbyshow.co.uk
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 www.dukeofwellingtondanby.co.uk
Fox and Hounds
45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, near Whitby, YO21 2LD
Tel: 01287 660218 www.foxandhounds-ainthorpe.com
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
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
The 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.
|Sample fares from Danby||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£7.20||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£7.40||
|Journey times from Danby|
|To Whitby||42 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||48 minutes|
Access to both platforms is step free.
There is a shelter on each platform.
There is a small station car park, with step-free access to the station entrance.
Danby is an unstaffed station.
There is a phone at the station.
EVRDC maintain the community noticeboard.
Replacement bus pick-up point:on the main road, at the junction with the station road.
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
Abbey: 01947 606 666
Streamline: 01947 603 306
Local buses: these buses stop near Danby station.
26 Glaisdale - Guisborough
26 Esk Valley Shopper - Guisborough
27 Northallerton - Whitby but finishes 2nd April 2014
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Grid reference: NZ700684
Lat/Long: 54°27'58.3"N / 0°54'39.7"W
Train times from Danby (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 30.0314
Train times from Danby (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.|