If you are looking for something a bit different to do whilst on your holidays here in Whitby, and are a lover of real ale, why not follow the Rail Ale Trail.  It's something different to do without spending the day stuck in a car driving round.

The Rail Ale Trail is a different way of seeing the countryside from Middlesbrough through the scenic Esk Valley to the Heritage Coast and and on to Whitby.

This is a pub crawl with a difference.  Rather than just going from pub to pub in the same street, you get to visit the many beautiful villages along the way.  Just jump on the train and jump off at the next stop.

If your starting in Whitby then you have quite a few pubs to choose from:

The Station Inn
The New Angel (Weatherspoons)
The Little Angel
The Elsinore
The Resolution
The Buck Inn
The Endeavor
The Duke of York
The Board Inn...............................
To name but a few!

The next stop on From Whitby is Ruswarp.
Here you will find the quaint Bridge Inn, situated right on the river next to the iron railway bridge.

From Ruswarp it is on to Sleights, the second biggest village in the country!
From the station in Sleights it is a 20 minute walk up the hill to The Plough, where you will get a nice friendly welcome.  If you're feeling a bit peckish, why not have a bar meal whilst you're there, as the food is really good!

Then it's just a nice stroll back down the hill to the station where the next stop is Grosmont.
If you're a train lover then this is the place for you!  You can sit in the beer garden at the front of the The Station Tavern and pass the day away watching all the steam trains pass through.

From Grosmont it is then on to Egton/ Egton Bridge, where you have a choice of four pubs, two at the bottom and two at the top of the hill.  The Postgate and The Horseshoe are at the bottom of the hill, so if you don't fancy the walk up the hill then these are the pubs to choose!

From Egton it is then on to Glaisdale and the Arncliffe Arm,where, if you feel like it you can stay the night, have some good food with a nice pint in front of a log fire and scenic views.

From Glaisdale it is on to Lealholm and the Board Inn which is situated right next to the river.  The Board Inn is a  dog and child friendly pub which has a decking right next to the river.  It also comes with the CAMERA seal of approval.

After Lealholm, it is then on to The Duke of Wellington in Danby, another pub that has the CAMERA seal of approval.  After Danby you then have The Fox and Hounds at Anthorpe, and then its on to Castleton where you have a choice of The Eskdale Inn at the bottom down by the cricket pitch and the river, or The Downe Arms at the top.

From Castleton it is then on to Commondale and  the The Cleveland Inn, then Glebe Cottage Tea Rooms at Kildale, finishing off at The Dudley Arms in Battersby.

Now if you didn't fancy starting this journey on the train, you could always get yourself a designated driver to drive you from one pub to the next.

If you find yourself with a spare day and are not sure what to do, then this is definitely something to do.  What better way to see the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors than by following a trail of pubs along the Esk Valley Railway!

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