The Moors Centre
About a mile and a half from the station lies the Moors National Park Centre, a former shooting lodge and now the main information centre for the National Park, with permanent and temporary exhibitions (especially of local artists and craftspeople), a gift shop and cafeteria, picnic and children's play areas. For more information and exhibition schedule, visit The Moors Centre website. Open daily from April to October and weekends in the winter (full details of opening times).
The Reverend John Christopher Atkinson was Vicar of Danby from 1847 until his death in 1900. A pioneering archaeologist, geologist, folklorist and philologist, he remains best known for his book Forty Years in a Moorland Parish, first published in 1891, which is a fascinating account of the landscape and people in and around Danby.
Close to the station is a fine example of a single arched packhorse bridge. Dating from the late 14th century and long known as Castle Bridge (Danby castle itself is a short distance uphill from here), it has been called Duck Bridge after the well-respected local stonemason George Duck, who restored it in the 18th century.
Also close to the station is a fully restored and working 17th century watermill.
Approximately a mile from the station, just above the foot of Little Fryup Dale, is Danby Castle, built in the 14th century for the Latimer family. It was the home of Katherine Parr, who became the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The largely ruinous medieval remains incorporate a later farmhouse. The Danby Court Leet, a body of freeholders with various governmental powers over this locality, still meets here.
Held in August each year: www.danbyshow.co.uk
Stonehouse Bakery and Tearoom
Duke of Wellington Inn
2 West Lane, Danby, near Whitby, YO21 2LY
Tel: 01287 660351 www.dukeofwellingtondanby.co.uk
Fox and Hounds
45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, near Whitby, YO21 2LD
Tel: 01287 660218 www.foxandhounds-ainthorpe.com
About 2 miles north-east from the railway station, on the route of the Esk Valley Walk, and set in heather moorland, is Danby Beacon, a prehistoric burial mound which has views for many miles over all the surrounding landscape. Here, in Napoleonic times, there was a beacon – tended by a soldier and his wife who lived on-site – which would have been lit in the event of a French invasion. More recently, during World War II, a radar station was situated here.
Danby station to Commondale
An 11-mile circuclar route passing three moorland crosses, Siss Cross, Job Cross, and White Cross, with views of Castleton.
Esk Valley Walk
The Esk Valley Walk passes through Danby. More about the Esk Valley Walk.
|Sample fares from Danby||With EVR Railcard discount|
|Day Return to Whitby||£6.80||
|Day Return to Middlesbrough||£6.90||
|Duo Return Ticket to Middlesbrough (two adults travelling together)||£10.30|
|Journey times from Danby|
|To Whitby||42 minutes|
|To Middlesbrough||48 minutes|
Access to both platforms is step free.
There is a shelter on each platform.
There is a small station car park, with step-free access to the station entrance.
Danby is an unstaffed station.
There is a phone at the station.
EVRDC maintain the community noticeboard.
Taxis: advance booking is essential.
Loftus Taxis 01287 640989
A2B Skelton 01287 651063
Local buses: these buses stop near Danby station.
M1 Danby - Thornton le Dale
M2 Sutton Bank Visitor Centre - Danby
M3 Sutton Bank Visitor Centre - Danby
M50 Thornton le Dale - Danby
M11 Darlington - Danby
M12 Hartlepool - Helmsley
26 Glaisdale - Guisborough
26 Esk Valley Shopper - Guisborough
27 Northallerton - Whitby
M50 Danby - Pickering
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33
Grid reference: NZ700684
Lat/Long: 54°27'58.3"N / 0°54'39.7"W
Train times from Danby (8.12.13 to 23.03.14)
Monday to Saturday
Train times from Danby (19.05.13 to 7.12.13)
Monday to Saturday
Sundays 19.05.13 to 3.11.13
|* Only runs Fridays 5 July to 30 August, also Monday 12 August and Friday 1 November|