From our fantastic location on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors the backdrop is spectacular offering a wonderful contrast between upland moorland, deep valleys and dales, and a glorious coastline of towering cliffs and hidden bays. We are surrounded by stunning scenery and charming villages, full of character and many with an interesting history to tell, the more you explore the more you find out.
Castleton is the main village in the Upper Esk Valley, and has a relatively large number of amenities in the high street, including a Natwest Bank, a garage, Montage Art Gallery of national renown, a hairdressers, a general store, Co-op and Post Office. There is a bowling green adjacent to the Downe Arms, and the Esk Valley Railway line running from Whitby to Middlesbrough stops at Castleton Moor station. The Moors bus, which runs throughout the National Park, stops in front of the Downe Arms.
The Esklets (the source of the river Esk) lie three miles to the west of Castleton, just above the valley of Westerdale. The river then meanders it’s way down to Whitby via Castleton, Danby, Lealholm, Glaisdale and Egton (famous for it’s annual Country Show and it’s Gooseberry Show. Grosmont, with it’s engine sheds, is the start of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line, where you can ride the steam trains from Grosmont to Pickering. Some of the trains now go as far as Whitby, a delightful fishing port, with associations with Captain Cook and Count Dracula. Farndale, with it’s famous daffodils, and the pretty village of Hutton-le-Hole, are just a few short miles away.
The North Yorkshire Moors
Wild, windswept and wonderful, the North York Moors are a breath of fresh air. Comprising over 1,400 miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills and shimmering coastline. Look closer and you’ll discover historic abbeys, castles and priories, traditional pubs and ‘hidden’ villages and hamlets.
The Historic Town of Whitby
The town of Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast lays claim to fame for a number of diverse reasons. It was in Whitby that Captain James Cook, the well known explorer, began his seafaring career; it was here that the writer Bram Stoker first had the idea for his legendary novel, Dracula; and Whitby was and is one of the UK’s principal fishing ports.
Cleveland and Teesside
Cleveland and Teesside is steeped in maritime history. The long stretches of coast and moorland, offer an opportunity for a country ramble or a more serious hike. Sandy beaches, restaurants, shops and cosmospolitan city life can all be found here. Visit some of the many museums or for a taste of the darker side of the sea try the Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre, with its authentic sights, sounds and smells of the past.