Route of the Esk Valley Railway


Ruswarp is a village on the boundary of the National Park. It has a range of shops and a pub. Crossing the River Esk downstream is an impressive viaduct, 120 feet high, which was built (using 5,250,000 bricks) to carry the Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line, which was closed in 1965. The viaduct is now owned by Sustrans and carries "The Cinder Track" (a walk/cycleway along the former Whitby-to-Scarborough railway line).

Live Train times to and from Ruswarp

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 Bridge Inn

Across the road from the station - very handy! Riverside balcony.
High Street, Ruswarp, Whitby YO21 1NJ
Tel: 01947 602780

Jackson's Butchers

Up past the school for excellent bacon butties, pork pies and a good range of local produce.
High Street, Ruswarp, Whitby YO21 1NJ
Tel: 01947 820085

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

Boats at Ruswarp. Photograph Alan Wastell

Five minutes walk from Ruswarp Station. Rowing boats and canoes
Open seven days a week 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
'Millbeck', The Carrs, Ruswarp, Whitby, North Yorkshire. YO21 1RL
Tel: 01947 604658/601610

Ruswarp Miniature Railway

Boats at Ruswarp. Photograph Alan Wastell

Ten minutes walk from Ruswarp Station. Open daily from 11am to 4pm (weather permitting) and is closed from Monday 30th October. Reopens Easter 2021.
Tel: 01947 600109

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


120ft hight viaduct downstream from Ruswarp. Photograph Alan Wastell There is a pleasant and physically undemanding walk between Ruswarp and Whitby (approximately 1 miles) mostly along a stone pannierway, know as Monks Trod. The walk is signposted from the main street in Ruswarp. Follow the Esk Valley Walk signs to Whitby. For a copy of the pdf, click here.

Land of Iron Walks

There are ten circular walks from stations with close connections to the Ironstone mining era of the late 1800s. Try the train up the Esk Valley and between Grosmont and Great Ayton, each station tells a story and shows a map with a circular walk. 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 the station.

Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkThe Esk Valley Walk passes through Ruswarp. More about the Esk Valley Walk.

St. Hilda's Way

St Hilda’s Way is a new (2015) 40 miles long-distance trail in North Yorkshire, starting from Hinderwell and finishing at Whitby Abbey. The walk is designed as a pilgrimage and visits eight Churches and Chapels all dedicated to St Hilda, as well as two other churches named after St Hedda and St Mary. At each location there is a special focus on a different aspect of the saint’s life, something to find in the church and the opportunity for reflection and meditation.  You can join the walk at Ruswarp Station. More about the St. Hilda's Way.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The heritage steam train services from Pickering to Whitby do not always stop at Sleights station. Check the NYMR timetable here.

Off-Peak fares from Ruswarp  
With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 2.70
Day Return to Middlesbrough 7.20
 Note: All services from here are off-peak.

Journey times from Ruswarp  
To Whitby 7 minutes
To Middlesbrough 82 minutes
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Live Train times to and from Ruswarp

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