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).
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
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
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
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
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
There is a pleasant and physically undemanding walk between Ruswarp and
Whitby (approximately 1½ 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
The 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||
|Journey times from Ruswarp|
|To Whitby||7 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||82 minutes|
Access to the single platform is step free, the station is wheelchair accessible.
There is a shelter on the platform.
Ruswarp is an unstaffed station.
The platform flower tubs and environs are maintained by local volunteers.
EVRDC maintains the community noticeboard.
Local buses: these buses stop near Ruswarp station - see map below.
95 Lealholm - Ruswarp - Whitby
840 Malton - Whitby
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Grid reference: NZ890091
Lat/Long: 54°28'11.6"N / 0°37'40.9"W