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 is now an extra service that come down to Great Ayton on Monday to Saturdays; a direct service from Newcastle (15:41, arrives 17:24 and goes on to Battersby Junction) and then heading back direct to Newcastle at 17:44, arrives Newcastle 19:46.

Live Train times to and from Great Ayton

Full Timetable in pdf format

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.

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.

Off-Peak fares from Great Ayton   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 9.10
Day Return to Middlesbrough 4.60
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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Live Train times to and from Great Ayton

Full Timetable in pdf format

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