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 train down to Danby, direct from Newcastle (departs 11:41 and arrives Danby 13:45).  You can then catch the 16:39 back to Newcastle (direct) or the 20:15 back to Middlesbrough.

Live Train times to and from Danby

Full Timetable in pdf format

The Danby 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).

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

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.

 MoorsBusLogo Moors Bus now connects with Danby Station

Restarts in May, 2019 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. Time tables for 2019 are not yet  available but you can find out more  here...

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.

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


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 6.40
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.60
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

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

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Live Train times to and from Danby

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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