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The old market town of castleton


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You will find Castleton nestling against the end of Castleton Rigg, an outcrop of Danby High Moor, located towards the head of the Esk Valley.

Danby Parish Plan
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Local Amenities

Castleton is a thriving community which has ample provision for visitors and boasts,

  • several shops
  • public houses
  • tea rooms
  • post office
  • a hotel
  • church with a tower - St Michael and St George C of E
  • Station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line

For the energetic there are a number of walkways and tracks including a pleasant short walk from Castleton to Commondale.

The prefix of the Post Code for Castleton is YO21-.

Entering the old market town of Castleton

Entering Castleton

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Castleton is located in grid A2 community location map

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Businesses in Castleton

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Accommodation in Castleton

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Local Sights

Visit the church and see if you can you find a mouse on the furniture?

The Parish Church has furniture by Robert Thompson (The Mouseman) of Kilburn, who carves a church mouse on all furniture produced by his workshop as a trademark.

Cricket is often played in the field near the river.

The OS Map reference of Castleton is N54:27:39 W0:56:44.

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Community Groups

The following is are details of local none profit making Community Service Group or Registered Charitable Organisation, serving this community.

There are many community groups serving the area and it our intention to bring you details of their activities, if you are an organiser or member of a group or organisation and would like to see your details here, please contact us on

Looking down on the old market town of castleton

Castleton looking East

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Catherine Harland Webster School of Dancing

The Catherine Harland Webster School of Dance provides classes for children aged 4 to 18 Years in many styles of dance including; ballet, tap, freestyle, hip-hop, musical theatre, acrobatics , & cheer leading. Adult classes are available upon request.
Classes are in Glaisdale at the Robinson Institute on Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 9:00 pm, and in Castleton at the Village Hall on Fridays also from 4:00pm - 9:00pm.
Contact: Catherine Harland Webster on Tel: 01947897761 Mob: 07855932657.



Abbeyfield Logo, where older people find care in housing

The ABBEYFIELD ESK MOORS SOCIETY was set up in 1999 by a group of local residents from the Upper Esk Valley. There is scant provision for older residents of the valley to remain in the valley when they become unable to manage by themselves or when, often by the loss of husband or wife, they become lonely, so having lived many years here, they have to leave familiar surroundings, their friends, their doctor and their minister. So the society was formed. The Executive Committee consists of 15 residents of the valley. The Chairman is Mrs. Linda Lloyd of Castleton.

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The Castleton Cricket Club now has a website detailing history of the club and details of fixtures. It can be visited by Clicking

Castleton Cricket Club Team 2005

Church of England - Parish of Danby

The ecclesiastical parish of Danby includes the communities of Danby and Ainthorpe, Little Fryupdale, Castleton and Commondale.

Church Warden Telephone No.
St Hilda, Danby
St Micheal and St George, Castleton Heather Trees 01287 660491
Peter Dingle 01287 660619
St Peter, Commondale

Vicar: The Reverend Michael Hazelton at Danby Vicarage, (01287 660388) is the vicar covering this parish.

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A castle, Friday market, tup fair and cheese fair all played a part in the growth of Castleton.

Robert de Brus is said to have built a castle here and several old texts make mention of it as being naught but ruins on the southern bank of the River Esk. Local folklore has it that, it is from this castle that Castleton derives it's name .
Another Castle was later built on the North Yorkshire Moors in nearby Danby. In olden times Castleton was recorded as being a market town where at it's peak there were fourteen shops and a market every Friday. There were two fairs in October, the first was the Tup, (Ram) fair, shortly followed by a fair selling cheese and other agricultural produce.
The Castleton Tup sale still exists today, but now takes place at the auction mart in Ruswarp.

Nestled against the end of Castleton Rigg, sits the market town of Castleton

Castleton hugs the
side of the moor

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Iron stone mining, smelting and a quarry all provided employment.

Iron stone mining and smelting took place here and many people in the area can remember when a working quarry existed on top of the hill North of the river. The stone was transported down the hillside by what looked like a long conveyor belt to the station at the bottom of the valley where it was picked up by goods trains.

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