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.

 

Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2018

Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
Enjoying a pint of beer

Back on from 6th July, please see the Events page for details of bands and dates.

 


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. www.stokesleyshow.co.uk

Off-Peak fares from Great Ayton   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 8.90
5.90
Day Return to Middlesbrough 4.50
2.95
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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Train times from Great Ayton (20.05.18 to 8.12.18)


 
Monday to Saturday
*
Sundays
M'brough dep 0705 1020 1402 1700 1756 2120 0841 1048 1346 1648
Great Ayton dep 0726 1041 1426 1724 1817 2140 0901 1109 1410 1712
Whitby arr 0837 1151 1536   1927 2250 1011 1229 1520 1822
               
Whitby dep 0845 1158 1559   1934 2257 1018 1246 1550 1828
Great Ayton dep 0953 1306 1709 1750 2042 0005 1126 1355 1658 1936
M'brough arr 1015 1329 1731 1830 2105 0025 1148 1419 1723 1958
* Only runs on Fridays in June July & August.

Train times from Great Ayton (10.12.17 to 19.05.18)


 
Monday to Saturday
Sundays
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740 0842 1050 1346 1651
Great Ayton dep 0724 1048 1426 1801 0901 1110 1410 1716
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 1011 1230 1519 1825
           
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1559 1918 1022 1247 1546 1831
Great Ayton dep 0953 1323 1708 2026 1130 1356 1700 1939
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1729 2047
1151 1416 1724 2002

 

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