At the Westerly end of the Esk Valley you will find Commondale, a once bustling industrial community, now a small peaceful village centred around a road junction and village pub at the bottom of the valley, amenities available include a public house, a place of worship, (St Peter C of E), and a railway station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line.
Sitting in a valley surrounded by Commondale Moor, Wayworth Moor Skelderskew Moor and Danby Low Moor Commondale is now a tranquil little village, the viewpoint at Brown Hill provides a good view of the surrounding area.
These moors were made for walking, a network of ancient paths and tracks that once served the now disused quarries that dot the area make this easier. Many cairns, Pike Howe, ancient field systems and enclosures appear on the Ordnance Survey Map as being places of interest to tourists.
Commondale was once the meeting place of several moorland tracks and there was once a small community of monks here who had connections with Guisborough Priory, which probably explains why one of these tracks is known as "The Monks Causeway", which ran from Whitby Abbey to Guisborough Priory.
A major employer was the Commondale Brick & Pipe Company Ltd. There were two public houses but the Diving Duck is now a private residence. The village has a railway station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line and one remaining Public house.
Another major attraction of the village is the long established Boy scouts camp.
Sleddale Beck rises above Great Ayton & Guisborough and passes through Commondale flowing down to Castleton where it joins the infant River Esk. A stone circle can be found on the moor at OS coordinates NZ637108.
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Fowl Green Farm
Fowl Green Farm is a traditional hill sheep farm of approximately 86 acres, close to the village of Commondale. We have recently restored our C18th rough stone and pantile buildings to provide holiday accommodation which is accessible to all. Each cottage combines 21st century standards of comfort and convenience with a little of 18th century rural atmosphere.
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The Festival on the Moor
The 'Festival on the Moor' is a local Non Profit making group that promote music, the arts and local produce through an annual festival of music in venues all over the North York Moors. The group meeets at the 'Old Post Office' in Commondale which is also the office of Klondike Records.
In 2013 the Festival on the Moor is presenting Kildale Folk Weekend on the 24th to 27th of May
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