Esk Valley Railway to Whitby
From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route
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Coming Soon  | Ironstone Tales| Music & Ale Train | Land of Iron | Exhibitions at Danby Moors Centre  | Ghost Walks Meander Down the Esk


World Dracula Day
  Saturday, 26th May
 Come to Whitby, the Home of Dracula!

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela Thirkill

Come to Whitby, the home of Dracula this Saturday, 25th May - #WorldDraculaDay , come by train - no parking problems or charges - and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Esk Valley Line into the bargain!

New Train Timetables (from 20 May)
Live Trains

Moors Bus has re-started
  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Hol Mondays
 From 20th May until 30th September, 2018


Get into the moors from York, Malton, Pickering, Hull, Guisborough, Rosedale, Helmsley, Scarborough, Saltburn, Darlington, Thornton-le-Dale, Thirsk, Easingwold, Northallerton

Moors Bus Timetables
New Train Timetables (from 20 May)
Live Trains


Danby Village Hall - Short walk from Danby Station
Wednesday 30 May at 14:00
Tales over Tea
The story of the Rosedale ironstone mines by Malcolm Bisby
Part 3 of 4
(Part 4 on 18th July - same time and venue)
Train in from Whitby leaves at 11:58 and arrives 12:38 and there is one back to Whitby at 14.55 and 18:45.  There is also a new train that leaves Midlesbrough at 12:55 and arrives in Danby (where it terminates) at 13:43 and one back towards Middlesbrough at 16:40 (note new timetable from 20th May).


Music & Ale Trains - Fridays in June, July & August


The new Northern timetable announced earlier this month to be introduced on May 20 includes the additional Summer Fridays Only train which we use for our popular Music and Ale train. But the time has been changed and so that the train will need to go into the sidings. This would mean everyone, including the musicians and the bar and its staff leaving the train at Middlesbrough, crossing via the subway to the opposite platform and re-joining the same train. We believe this is unnecessary and impractical. We have made strong and repeated representation to Northern to try to get the previous arrangement whereby the train terminated and started back from the same platform re-instated, but without success so far. Until then, we cannot book musicians or publicise the train, but rest assured we will make an announcement one way or another as soon as possible. 

Land of Iron Project 

This Exploited Land of Iron logo Land of Iron tells the fascinating story of this trailblazing period of industrial growth and exploitation. The project will conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.
Esk Valley Railway will be working with NYMNP and Moors Bus to enable access to the project sites via public transport. To this end, the recent announcement of year-round Sunday train services is a timely boost to this aim.


  Inspired by... Gallery at Danby

Inspired by... Gallery at DanbyThe beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. Artwork including prints and photography, and artisan crafts, from ironwork to jewellery, are available for sale in the gallery shop and craft area.

Danby Moors Centre is a 20 minute walk from Danby station. The 10:28 from Middlesbrough gets to Danby at 11:17. You can return on the 12:55 or 16:40. From Whitby, the 08:45 gets to Danby at 09:25 and the 12:15 at 12:55. Return to Whitby on the 11:17, 14.55 or 18.29.

Dracula and Ghost Walks

Street in Whitby at night. Photograph by Angela Thirkill

Dr Crank invites you to join him on a 75 minute tour of Whitby to discover strange and supernatural tales of murder, mystery and suspense.

TIME: 7:30pm

PRICE: Adults 5, Children (under 12) 3

The Ghost Walk starts from the Whale Bone Arch opposite The Royal Hotel, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3HA

Dr Crank Tel: 07880 801 957

No need to book – just turn up. Tour departs at 7.30pm

A Meander Down The Esk

Watercolour by John Freeman

A book of watercolour paintings that portray the River Esk in all seasons and moods by the artist, watercolourist John Freeman.

It highlights the wildlife, history and architecture through his watercolours and drawings of the River Esk from its source, Esklets in Castleton, to the sea at Whitby. Three years in the making, the watercolours are complemented by detailed line drawings. The scenes along the river include heritage railway bridges along the route of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway, which criss-crosses the river on its journey through the North York Moors National Park.

ISBN 978-1-903506-42-4

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Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby

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