Route of the Esk Valley Railway




Sleights is pronounced so that it rhymes with 'heights'. It has a 'salmon leap', a small weir that enables the salmon, between October and December, to swim upriver to their spawning grounds. The Esk is the only salmon river in Yorkshire.

Live Train times to and from Sleights

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 Salmon Leap Pub

Two minutes walk from the station
6, Coach Road, Sleights YO21 5AA
Tel: 01947 810233

The Plough Inn

15 minutes walk uphill from the station, past the bakers, butchers, shop and Eskdale Fisheries for Fish & Chips!
180 Coach Road, Sleights, Whitby, YO22 5EN
Tel: 01947 810412

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 with close connections to the Ironstone mining era of the late 1800s. Try the train up the Esk Valley to any station between Grosmont and Great Ayton; 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.

River near Falling FossFrom Sleights there are some fine walks, to Ugglebarnby and Littlebeck, then on to Maybeck and south to Falling Foss (approximately 4 miles), an exquisite waterfall in delightful woodland.

Esk Valley Walk

Esk Valley Walk waymarkThe Esk Valley Walk passes through Sleights. 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 Sleights 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 Sleights   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 3.20
Day Return to Middlesbrough 7.10
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

Journey times from Sleights  
To Whitby 12 minutes
To Middlesbrough 77 minutes
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