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.
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
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
Held on the Saturday following the third Thursday in September each year since 1859. www.stokesleyshow.co.uk
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.
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||
|Journey times from Great Ayton|
|To Whitby||70 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||20 minutes|
Access to the single platform is step free.
There is a shelter on the platform.
There is a small station car park with step-free access to the station entrance, but the car-park surface is loose shingle.
There is a bicycle store.
Great Ayton is an unstaffed station and is looked after by volunteers.
Bus replacement is in the village, a 20 minute walk :(
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
Stokesley Taxis 01642 722448
Ayton 01642 722448
H B Cabs 01642 724587
Local buses: the bus stops are approximately one mile from Great Ayton station (see map). There are no buses that serve the station itself.
From the Village, there are buses to:
28a: Stokesley - Nunthorpe - James Cook- Middlesbrough
(Mon to Sat only)
18: Stokesley - Guisborough - Saltburn
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
A good range of shops mostly on the High Street, including restaurants, cafes and pubs. Suggitt's Ices and Petch's Pork Pies are particularly well known.
Grid reference: NZ574108
Lat/Long: 54°29'22.2"N / 1°6'55.2"W