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

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

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.

The Yorkshire Cycle Hub - Great Fryup Dale - Y021 2AP

The Yorkshire Cycle Hub is a purpose built cycling destination centre based in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors ideally placed for spectacular and challenging riding both on and off road. A unique offering of retail, workshop, hire, café and accommodation facilities together with 2 classroom/multifunction rooms make us the ideal place to host all manner of gatherings.

    Tel: 01287 669098
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The Board Inn

Five minutes walk from the station, turn left at the bottom of the track and over the bridge.
Village Green, Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AY
Tel: 01947 897279

Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms and Craft Gallery
Open daily from 10:30 to 16:00 Closed Thursdays & Fridays in October. Closed November and December 2020, check website for re-opening in the new year.

Down the track from the station, turn right - five minutes walk in total.
Lealholm, near Whitby, YO21 2AQ
Tel: 01947 897746

Lealholm Store & Beck View Tea Room

Winter: Closed on Tuesdays. 10:30 to 4:30 All other days.
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, down the track, turn right. Five minutes walk.
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


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 up the Esk Valley to Great Ayton or down to 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.the North York Moors National Park's website.

Lealholm to Grosmont

A linear walk of 6 miles between Lealholm and Grosmont (pdf) via the River Esk with optional breaks to catch the train back at Glaisdale or Egton. From the North York Moors National Park's website.

Lealholm and Rake Lane: Walk with Bob Woodhouse

With its range of amenities and a delightful riverside setting, Lealholm ranks high on anyone's villages to visit list, 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 £6.10
Day Return to Middlesbrough £6.90
Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00. The Esk Valley Railcard is valid on peak services.

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

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