Towns and Villages
Bilsdale, with its walker friendly Buck Inn at Chop Gate and the very interesting Spout House and Sun Inn, will be accessible by the Moorsbus this year, and this should open up many more walking opportunities.
Public toilets are at the Village Hall at Chop Gate.
Castleton is well served by Moorsbuses and the Esk Valley Railway. It has two good pubs, a Co-op which is open on Sundays, the excellent Castleton Tea Rooms, and, near the river, a superb children’s play park (don’t forget to leave them a donation, please.). There is a lovely short walk to Danby along the valley side starting above the Eskdale Inn.
Public toilets are in the centre of the village.
Danby is another pretty little Eskdale village, well served by the Moorsbus services and the Esk Valley Railway. It’s an excellent start or finish to a walk, has a lovely packhorse bridge nearby, and what was the last working watermill on the Esk. Nearby is the picture postcard village of Ainthorpe, with its stunning view across Danby Dale. A short walk – or Moorsbus ride - away is the wonderful Moors National Park Centre, with its fine facilities for young and old, as well as a lovely cafe. Moorsbuses call here.
Public toilets are at Bridge Green, opposite the Methodist Church near the Railway Station
Farndale is a beautiful valley that can be reached by a walk from the Moorsbus system. The wild daffodils appearing around Easter time are – justifiably – world famous. The 8 – 9 mile walk from Blakey Junction down Blakey Bank to Church Houses and then down the valley past Low Mill to Lowna and Hutton le Hole makes an unforgettable day when the daffodils are in bloom. Farndale Show, later in the year, can be reached by the same route, and this again makes for a memorable day.
Public toilets are at Low Mill.
Great Ayton is a very popular village with two village greens, gazed down upon by the remarkable Roseberry Topping. The life of its most famous resident can be discovered at the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. Some of the best walks in the area start or finish here, and climbing the “Yorkshire Matterhorn” is a Moorsbus must. The railway station, on the Esk Valley Railway, is just three quarters of a mile beyond the village.
Public toilets are on the High Street, which runs up behind the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum.
Guisborough is easily accessible by Moorsbus, and the beautiful ruin of Guisborough Priory is a wonderful place for a picnic on a nice day. Plenty of good pubs and cafes are to be found here. The Guisborough Walkway passes by the town, and links with footpaths to Great Ayton and Stokesley at one end and the Moors and Moorsbuses at the other.
The small museum is well worth a look, and has some very good exhibitions. A restored, and very complete watermill, Tocketts Mill can be reached by a short trip from here on the Arriva Service 5 from the Market Place, or by public footpaths.
Public toilets are in the Northgate Car Park, 100m from the bus stops along the passageway by the Black Swan.
Helmsley, with its picture postcard town centre, is gazed down upon by the spectacular ruins of the very popular Helmsley Castle. It is worth giving yourself a few hours to visit the Walled Garden, a beautiful oasis of tranquillity where the enthusiasm and skill of the gardeners is reflected in the stunning garden. A recent addition to the town’s attractions is the newest branch of the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park with its hawk flying demonstrations. Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace are nearby, with the latter being very close to a Moorsbus route. Moorsbuses from Helmsley call at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre where you will find what some claim is the finest view in all England, as well as a chance to try mountain biking or watch gliders soaring at the club nearby. Sutton Bank is the start and finish of some excellent walks to or from other areas served by the Moorsbus system. Helmsley itself is the start of the Cleveland Way.
Public toilets are located in Borogate, just to the south of the Market Place.
HUTTON LE HOLE
Hutton le Hole, with its picture postcard scenery, is home to the superb Ryedale Folk Museum. Allow the better part of a day to see it all. There are some interesting craft workshops in the village as well; Moorswax Candlemakers are an excellent example, with a local, highly skilled, craftsman making a superb alternative to the factory made product. You can make Hutton le Hole the start or end of many good walks between Moorsbuses. There are plenty of cafes and a pub to fortify walkers, as well.
Public toilets are in the car park, 250m from the bus stops at the museum.
Kirkbymoorside makes an excellent starting place for several walks, including some of our Moorsbus Guided Walks. It’s a fascinating hard-working market town that looks both to the past and to the future, with some very high-tech industries involved in aerospace and marine engineering. A good Sunday lunch can be found here, and the three pubs all pride themselves on their real ale.
Public toilets are located in the Town Farm car park behind the Kings Head Hotel, 250m north of the Market Place bus stops.
Osmotherley is a very popular village in a lovely setting. It, and the nearby Cod Beck, provided refreshment for both animals and their drovers on the nearby Hambleton Drove Road. The Drove Road gives great walking to Sutton Bank and a Moorsbus link, or you could head east and rejoin the bus in Bilsdale, perhaps. The lovely, secluded Mount Grace Priory is a short and very pleasant walk from Osmotherley.
Public toilets are at the village hall, 50m south of the bus stop.
Northallerton is, of course, the county town for North Yorkshire. We call at the railway station, with its frequent services to London, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Twenty minutes’ walk away is the Wensleydale Railway’s new Northallerton West Station. A few miles to the south of the town is the Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre; let the bus driver know if you want to be dropped off here, and collected on the way home.
Public toilets are at the Railway Station.
Pickering is an attractive and historic market town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Spend a day here, or call in to one of the many good cafés, restaurants or pubs for a meal or drink before you catch the bus home.
Some excellent walks, long and short, start or end at Pickering, and Moorsbus try to arrange at least one short but fascinating Town Walk each year.
Public toilets are located on the Ropery and at the entrance to the Eastgate car park.
Rosedale Abbey, whilst not yet on a Moorsbus route, is easily walked to from one. It’s the main village in Rosedale itself, a very beautiful valley, as is Farndale next door. A bit of ingenuity will see some good walks including one or both from this year’s services. The trackbed of the old Rosedale Railway provides good all weather walking around much of Rosedale and the head of Farndale. Near the head of Rosedale you’ll find Maggie Barraclough’s outstanding Dale Head Tea Garden. Try getting off a bus near Blakey, circling the valley head on the Rosedale Railway, drop down to Dale Head for a delicious tea and get rid of some of the calories from that scrumptious homemade cake on the climb back to Blakey.
Public toilets are 100m from the Green on the road running north out of the village.
Scarborough has been a seaside resort for around 350 years, and is often known as “The Queen of the Yorkshire Coast”. The castle bears more than a few battle scars, and has a Roman signal station within its walls. Well worth a visit. The sands are magnificent, and other attractions are the busy harbour, fish and chips aplenty, the Market Hall with its Vaults, St Mary’s Church with Anne Brontë’s grave, and Peasholm Park with its many attractions. You’ll find some excellent museums here as well, from the Rotunda, and the Art Gallery to the wonderfully petite but very comprehensive Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. Scarborough is easily accessible by public transport, which connects with the Moorsbus.
Stokesley is something of a hidden gem. It’s a very unspoilt market town which is surrounded by good walking, contains some wonderful Georgian architecture and some excellent places to find a decent Sunday lunch. The short walk along the river, with its fine packhorse bridge, is a good way to fill in time between buses. The town easily justifies a morning or afternoon spent here, though.
Public toilets are on the High Street.
Thirsk is a fascinating market town with an architectural quirkiness that stems from the Viking settlement. James Herriot fans will enjoy the World of James Herriot. The volunteer - run Thirsk Tourist Information is staffed by extremely helpful people, and should be your first port of call when you visit their town on the Moorsbus! We stop at the railway station here.
Public toilets are at the entrance to Millgate car park, 150m north of the Market Place.
THORNTON LE DALE
Thornton le Dale is a chocolate-box village with its beautiful cottages and the beck tumbling along beside the streets. There are many good walks to and from here, with buses serving both start and finish. You’ll find a free concert on the Green on summer Sundays, plenty of cafes, a couple of pubs and a small Motor Museum. All in all, a nice place to while away a sunny summer afternoon.
Public toilets are 100m along the path from the Green to the car park.
Whitby has become one of most popular destinations on the east coast. Whitby sailors have made a huge contribution to our understanding of the world, and early religious leaders meeting here shaped the future of Christianity in England. The remarkable dinosaur fossils found in the area were the reason for the formation of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society and their excellent museum, and again broadened our knowledge of the world we live in. All this has left an incredibly picturesque town which is overlooked by the strikingly beautiful ruin of the Abbey and the fascinating parish church. The harbour is still home to a fishing fleet, small trawlers are built here, and the results can be tasted in many of the town’s fish and chip restaurants. One of the country’s earliest railways still provides access to the town, and Whitby Station serves both the national network and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.