Route of the Esk Valley Railway

Great Ayton

Whilst on the train between Nunthorpe and Great Ayton, look out for the striking views of Roseberry Topping which, 1056 feet high, towers over the landscape. Scandinavian settlers called it "Othenesberg", meaning Odin's Hill. The unique shape is due to a landslip, as a direct result of the extraction of minerals. It was also used as a beacon hill, where a fire would be lit to warn of invasion. Views of Middlesbrough to the North-West and the surrounding moorland can be appreciated after walking to the top.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, Great Ayton was a centre of industrial activity, such as linen-making, tanning and brewing, long before the Industrial Revolution, when the mining of whinstone (a hard igneous rock used in road-making), ironstone, alum and jet came to predominate. These latter activities were serviced by the Esk Valley Railway.  Nowadays most of Great Ayton's residents commute to work in Middlesbrough, many of them using the train. The village is also a good base for exploring the nearby North Yorkshire Moors. For more information on Great Ayton.

There are now two extra service that come down to Great Ayton on Monday to Saturdays; both are direct services to and from Newcastle. Departs Newcastle 11:40 arrives 13:22 and the 15:40 arrives 17:25 Then heading back from Great Ayton; direct to Newcastle at 14:09 and 18:02 arriving in Newcastle (direct) at 15:54 and 19:49 respectively.

Live Train times to and from Great Ayton

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.


Biodiversity at Great Ayton Station

Pollinators Bughotel
Our station adopters have been busy installing a bug hotel and have sowed wild flowers to attract more biodiversity to the platform and surrounding area.

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire TS9 6NB
James Cook, the world's most famous navigator and explorer, spent his boyhood in this village, attending the Postgate School here. That building now houses the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. The cottage – probably built by his father – in which he lived was dismantled in 1934 and now stands in Fitzroy Park, Melbourne, Australia.  In its place is an obelisk built of stone taken from Point Hicks in that country. A monument to James Cook has been erected high above on Easby Moor. Each year, on or near his birthday (27th October), there is a Captain Cook Day, when local children race model boats in the river.
Find out more about the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Stokesley Show

Held on the Saturday following the third Thursday in September each year since 1859.


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 down the Esk Valley to any station between Great Ayton and 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.

Stokesley Show

Held on the Saturday following the third Thursday in September each year since 1859.

Off-Peak fares from Great Ayton   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 7.90
Day Return to Middlesbrough 4.90
Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00.

Journey times from Great Ayton  
To Whitby 70 minutes
To Middlesbrough 20 minutes


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