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.

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

Sample fares from Great Ayton   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 10.20
6.80
Day Return to Middlesbrough 5.10
3.40

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




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Train times from Great Ayton (11.12.16 to 20.05.17)


 
Monday to Saturday
Sundays from 02.04.17
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1404 1740 0905 1121 1356 1617
Great Ayton dep 0724 1048 1426 1801 0926 1142 1424 1637
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 1036 1252 1534 1756
           
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1559 1918 1044 1301 1547 1804
Great Ayton dep 0953 1323 1708 2026 1202 1409 1656 1912
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1729 2047
1223 1433 1717 1933

Train times from Great Ayton (15.05.16 to 10.12.16)


 
Monday to Saturday
*
Sundays until 06.11.16
M'brough dep 0704 1028 1403 1740 2049 0905 1121 1356 1616
Great Ayton dep 0724 1048 1426 1801 2109 0926 1142 1424 1636
Whitby arr 0837 1159 1536 1911 2220 1036 1252 1534 1756
             
Whitby dep 0845 1215 1600 1918 2225 1044 1301 1547 1804
Great Ayton dep 0953 1323 1709 2026 2331 1202 1409 1656 1912
M'brough arr 1015 1345 1730 2047 2351 1223 1433 1717 1933
*Only runs Fridays 17 June to 12 August, also Monday 22 August for Whitby Regatta, Friday 28 October for hallowe’en and Friday 4th November for Goth weekend.

 

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