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

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 Salmon Leap

Two minutes walk from the station
6 Coach Rd, Sleights, Whitby YO22 5AA
Tel: 01947 810233

The Plough

15 minutes walk uphill from the station
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


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.

Ye Old Stables Tearoom

Near Botham's Bakery, the tearoom serves cold snacks and beverages, cakes and pastries.

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

Off-Peak fares from Sleights   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 2.90
Day Return to Middlesbrough 6.80
Note: All services from here are off-peak.

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

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
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PO Box 506, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 9GA
Telephone: 07584-419114