Walking on the North Yorkshire Moors is an unforgettable experience. Definitely the best way to get to the heart of this magnificent landscape is by train.
The Esk Valley Walk
A 35-mile waymarked trail which takes you from the source of the River Esk and brings you to the estuary where it joins the sea at Whitby harbour. A moorland-to-coast walk, it also leads you through riverside country and a steep wooded gorge
Esklets are a series of becks that join up down in the valley close to Castleton. The walk starts at Castleton Moor station and passes through or near eight of the villages along the Esk Valley Railway line: Castleton Moor; Danby; Lealholm; Glaisdale; Egton; Grosmont; Sleights and Ruswarp. Follow these links to find out more about the villages, train times and travel connections.
The excellent booklet Esk Valley Walk, A Regional Route, includes Ordnance Survey mapping. It also breaks the walk down into sections for those walkers who wish to take a less strenuous meander through the valley. The Esk Valley Walk booklet can be purchased at tourist information centres.
North York Moor CAM offers an inspiring photographic record of the walk:
The Cleveland Way
110 miles (176 Km), most of which lies in the North York Moors National Park. The Cleveland Way National Trail Guide can be purchased at tourist information centres or online from the North York Moors National Park Authority. The Cleveland Way website provides information about places to visit along the route and full details of accommodation.
Walks from the Moors Centre, Danby
An illustrated guide containing maps and directions for five walks from 2 to 9 miles in length from the Moors Centre at Danby. It can be purchased at tourist information centres or online from the North York Moors National Park Authority.
Five Walks in the Esk Valley
Each of the 5 walks (varying in length between 2¾ and 9 miles) start and finish at train stations on the Esk Valley Railway Line. You can download the walks sheets from the North York Moors National Park Authority website, or from the relevant station pages on this website.
Rucksack and Rail of the Esk Valley Trail
All the walks described on this website are based on catching the 1030 Middlesbrough to Whitby train and the 1600 return. View the seven walks on the Rucksack and Rail website.
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 Danby and other stations en route to Whitby. More about the St. Hilda's Way.
Walks from Stations
For descriptions and links to local walks from stations along the route, view the individual station pages
Car Free Walks website
A free source of walking route guides that encourage
people to explore the country without using their car. You can search
for walks and add your own favourites to the website for others to find.
Always take appropriate equipment and
all-weather clothing and footwear before setting out. The weather on
the moors can change dramatically by the hour. Always check with the
North York Moors National Park rangers and the Moors National Park
Centre (tel: 01439 772737) for up-to-date information. For the NHS guide to walking for health, see here.
You can take bikes on the train free of charge and without the need to make reservations. Here are some cycle rides that link to the Esk Valley Railway:
Great Ayton to Danby Cycle Route
Esk Valley Railway Cycle Route
Moor to Sea Cycle Route
Moor to Sea Cycle Network booklet, providing more than 100 miles of cycle routes divided into 9 sections, with maps, timings and distances. It can be purchased online from the North York Moors National Park Authority
www.moortoseacycle.net offers details of more cycle rides through the Esk Valley
Doctor Cranks Bike Shack, 20-22 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AJ Tel: 01947 606661
Trailways, The Old Railway Station, Hawsker, Whitby.
Tel: 01947 820207 www.trailways.info
The Bikes and Trains website
A useful website devoted to the enjoyment of rail and cycle travel and transporting bikes by train. www.bikesandtrains.co.uk
Always take appropriate equipment and all-weather clothing and footwear before setting out. The weather on the moors can change dramatically by the hour. Always check with the North York Moors National Park Rangers and the Moors National Park Centre ( tel: 01439 772737) for up-to-date information.
Sunday Services for 2017
Sunday services return on 2 April 2017 and will run all year round. Take advantage of the Sunday service to visit Esk Valley pubs and Whitby for Sunday lunch and a stroll in the valley countryside. There are currently four return services on Sundays.
Rail Ale Trail
The new version of this leaflet gives details of many of the great pubs along the Esk Valley Railway line.
Timetables for each Station
On the station pages, you will find, on-screen and in printer-friendly format, all the arrival and depature times at that particular station, along with journey duration times to Whitby and Middlesbrough, as well as sample ticket prices.
Every Sunday from mid-July to late-September the Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are running the Moors Rambler Bus service. Connecting Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough- Ormesby - Guisborough - Danby - Hutton-le-Hole - Kirbymoorside - Pickering.
Northern Rail is working on reducing its carbon footprint and the amount of pollution it produces. It also aims to reduce its consumption of natural resources and to reuse orrecycle more of the waste that it generates.
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The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is a bold new gallery of modern and contemporary art. MIMA hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 uo the present day. Exhibitions change every three months. MIMA is a short walk away from Middlesbrough railway station.