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

Full Timetable in pdf format

Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2019

Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
Enjoying a pint of beerA 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 Bridge Inn

Across the road, very handy for the station!
High Street, Ruswarp, Whitby YO21 1NJ
Tel: 01947 602780

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

Boats at Ruswarp. Photograph Alan Wastell

Five minutes walk from Ruswarp railway 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

Open daily from 11am to 4pm (weather permitting) and is closed from Monday 30th October. Reopens Easter 2019.
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.

Esk Valley Walk

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

The heritage steam train services from Pickering to Whitby do not stop at Ruswarp station.

Off-Peak fares from Ruswarp  
With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 2.40
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.80
 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 from Ruswarp

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
2009-19 Esk Valley Railway Development Company
PO Box 506, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 9GA
Telephone: 07584-419114