Route of the Esk Valley Railway


The Sunday Times recently described Lealholm as "the prettiest village in Yorkshire".

The River Esk runs through the centre of the village. Its stepping stones, over the bridge and beyond the Board Inn, have provided hours of fun for generations of children. The heights of the severe floods which took place in 1840 and 1930 are recorded on the wall of the Wesleyan Chapel close by.

The quickest route into the village is to turn right at the eastern end of the platform, across the railway track and down the footpath and stone steps.

Live Train times to and from Lealholm

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.

The Board Inn

Five minutes walk from the station
Village Green, Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AY
Tel: 01947 897279

Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms and Craft Gallery

Closed until March, 2019...
Down the track from the Station, turn right - five minutes walk.
Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AQ
Tel: 01947 897746

Afternoon teas served  with home made cakes

Lealholm Store & Beck View Tea Room

Winter: Closed on Tuesdays.
Down the track from the Station, turn left - four minutes walk.
Tel: 01947 897310

Stepping Stones Cottage Bakery

Stepping Stones, Lealholm Lane, Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AJ
Tel: 01947 897626

Poets Cottage Shrub Nursery

Near the station
Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AQ :
Tel: 01947 897424

Fly fishing

The River Esk affords excellent fly fishing for salmon and brown trout. Permission must be obtained from the landowners or clubs possessing fishing rights. Permits from Mr Simms, 01947 604658. Also see the North York Moors National Park fishing page


Lealholm to Glaisdale

A 6-mile circular walk to Glaisdale via the River Esk and Glaisdale Swang. Full directions and map are given on the Arncliffe Arms website

Lealholm and Rake Lane: Walk with Bob Woodhouse

With its range of amenities and a delightful riverside setting, Lealholm ranks high on my list of favourite villages, it is also an ideal starting point for exploring parts of the nearby Eskdale countryside.

Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkA 2-mile walk along the route of the Esk Valley Walk to Glaisdale, the next station eastwards, begins at the edge of the car park near the bridge. In the other direction, going uphill from the station, the Esk Valley Walk goes west for five and a half miles to Danby. More about the complete Esk Valley Walk.

Off-Peak fares from Lealholm   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 5.60
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.40
  Note: All services from here are off-peak.

Journey times from Lealholm  
To Whitby 35 minutes
To Middlesbrough 54 minutes

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Live Train times to and from Lealholm

Full Timetable in pdf format

Travel the route: follow the links to find out about the stations
Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby
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PO Box 506, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 9GA
Telephone: 07584-419114