Castleton, North Yorkshire

Castleton is a village on the River Esk, part of the civil parish of Danby in the county of North Yorkshire in England. It can be found 7.1 miles (11.5 km) south-east of Guisborough, in the North York Moors.[1] There was once a medieval castle sited on Castle Hill that is thought to have been abandoned when Danby Castle was constructed.[2]

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A view over Castleton
Castleton is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceNZ688081
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWHITBY
Postcode districtYO21
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
54°27′49″N 0°56′21″W / 54.463617°N 0.939256°W / 54.463617; -0.939256Coordinates: 54°27′49″N 0°56′21″W / 54.463617°N 0.939256°W / 54.463617; -0.939256

It is served by Castleton Moor railway station on the Esk Valley Line[3] roughly halfway between Middlesbrough and Whitby. Castleton has a local school, church and a public house, The Downe Arms[4] , as well as a small Co-op supermarket, a tea room and a public toilets.[5][6] Castleton is a centre for walking, birdwatching, shooting and many other pursuits.[7] It is said that Castleton was named after a castle built near the River Esk.[8] The village has a Clapper bridge that spans Danby Beck; this bridge was listed as Grade II in 2016.[9][10]

Castleton has a cricket team which plays next to the river and a primary school (Castleton Community Primary School)[11] with secondary education available at Caedmon College or Eskdale School, which are both in Whitby.[12]

In times past Castleton was actually the main market and industrial town serving Upper Eskdale.[13] There were annual wool, cheese and cattle fairs, cheese market and a silk mill.[14] There is a show held at Castleton every September on the second Saturday in the month.[15]

Bus services through Castleton barely exist in the winter. However, on Sundays and Bank Holidays from spring to autumn, the village is served by the Moorsbus network.[16]

The Esk Valley Walk runs through the village.[17]

The severed hand, known popularly as the Danby Hand of Glory, was found hidden in a wall of a thatched cottage in Castleton in 1935. The hand is now on display at the Whitby Museum in Pannett Park, Whitby.[18]


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  3. ^ "Castleton Moor, North Yorkshire: travel and leisure information". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome to The Downe Arms". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ "The Eskdale Inn". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, George (17 November 2012). "Castleton country walk". York Press. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ "About The Downe Arms". Archived from the original on 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 89. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Clapper Bridge carrying Ashfield Road/Wandels Lane across Danby Beck  (Grade II) (1433734)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Why Yorkshire's rare lamps and old bridge must be protected". Yorkshire Post. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Castleton Primary School". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Secondary admission arrangements for the Scarborough and Ryedale area". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  13. ^ "GENUKI: Danby Supplementary". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Parishes: Danby | British History Online". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Visit Yorkshire Tourism Link". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Download Timetables". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Esk Valley Walk - LDWA Long Distance Paths". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Hand of Glory". Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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