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Things to do in Castleton, North Yorkshire

The view from Castleton in the North York Moors
The view from Castleton in the North York Moors ©Helen Hotson - stock.adobe.com

Castleton is the main village in the Upper Esk Valley and has a relatively large number of amenities in the High Street.

North York Moors National Park
North York Moors National Park ©Helen Hotson - stock.adobe.com

These include a Pub, Nat West bank, a garage (for petrol and car repair), Montage Art Gallery (of national renown), a hairdresser, a general store, Co Op, tea room and a post office.

Set in the breathtaking and beautiful location of the Upper Esk Valley in the North Yorkshire Moors (an area that has become known as "Heartbeat country"), Castleton is a centre for walking, bird watching, shooting and many other pursuits.

Danby Dale in winter
Danby Dale in winter ©Richard - stock.adobe.com

There is a bowling green adjacent to the Downe Arms public house (which is dog and walker friendly and has won accolades for its real ales) and a cricket pitch and children's play area close to the Esk river.

The countryside at Danby
The countryside at Danby ©Helen Hotson - stock.adobe.com

The Moors Bus running throughout the National Park stops in front of the Downe Arms and The Esk Valley Railway line running from Middlesborough to Whitby stops at Castleton Moor station.

The immediate environs offer many footpaths and bridleways - all providing superb views of the surrounding countryside.

A post-medieval packhorse bridge over the River Esk at Danby
A post-medieval packhorse bridge over the River Esk at Danby ©Mark - stock.adobe.com

Castleton is but a short walk from the North York Moors Danby Visitors centre from where a number of walks start and local arts and crafts events held.

Description by Keith Blackman

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