The Esk Valley Explorer

The Esk Valley Explorer

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel

Southport to Whitby and Esk Valley
Departs – Thursday 05 July 2018

From Southport, Burscough, Parbold, Wigan, Walkden, Manchester Victoria, Rochdale and Todmorden.

Travel coast to coast on our heritage special to the picturesque North Yorkshire resort of Whitby. After crossing the Pennines, our diesel hauled special heads along the main line to Northallerton and then we travel east towards the coast.

Our journey takes us along the single track rural railway which snakes its way along the Esk Valley with the upland scenery of the rugged North Yorkshire Moors to enjoy from the comfort of your reserved seat. Passing through pretty villages such as Danby and Castleton en route adds to the spectacle and, after passing through Grosmont, the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway, we soon find ourselves in Whitby where we break our journey.

Whitby is a charming resort with cobbled streets, a busy harbour, lots of curio shops and arguably some of the best fish and chips in the country. You may wish to visit the Abbey or take a boat trip - but whatever your choice, Whitby is bound to leave memories to cherish.

We now rejoin our train and head for home with more splendid views to enjoy as we retrace our route along the Esk Valley and across the Pennines to home stations.

PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning, a selection of pastries with coffee mid journey and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served A selection of Tulip Muffins, Freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journdy and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and Freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Provisional Timings Outward Return
Southport TBC TBC
Burscough TBC TBC
Parbold TBC TBC
Walkden TBC TBC
Manchester Victoria TBC TBC
Rochdale TBC TBC
Todmorden TBC TBC
Whitby TBC TBC