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Local Amenities
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Local Amenities

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:

  • public house
  • Tea Room
  • public convenience
  • place of worship - St Peter C of E
  • Station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line
The Pub and Bridge which are at the heart of the village of Commondale

The Pub and Bridge

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Danby Parish Plan
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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 Commondale is YO21-2.

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Commondale is located in grid A3 community location map

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Accommodation in Commondale

Fowl Green Farm
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.

the barn lounge  

the barn

The barn is the largest cottage and has a double bedroom and bathroom downstairs. Upstairs is divided into a large double room and a third bedroom with twin beds.

the pigsty  

the pigsties

The pigsties are completely accessible on the ground floor having kitchen, dining lounge and bedroom areas in an open plan studio with separate bathroom. The larger pigsty has a mezzanine with additional twin beds.

facilities at fowl green farm

Bed and Breakfast Self Catering Accommodation Single Room Twin Room Double Room Cot/High Chair Disabled Access Children Welcome Ground Floor WC Strictly No Smoking Linen in Price Private/Off Street Parking Pets Allowed Bike Facilities Hiker Facilities Tea/Coffee in Room En Suite Laundry/Washing Machine Drying Machine Electric Iron Kitchen Facilities Microwave Fridge/Freezer Central Heating TV in Room Guest Lounge Open Fire TV Lounge Satellite/Cable TV Garden Play Area Public Telephone

Kay and Anthony Laffan
Fowl Green Farm
North Yorkshire
YO21 2HN

and visit our WEB Site to take a short journey of discovery.

Telephone: +44 (0)1287 669009 or +44 (0)1287 660571

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Local Sights

The moor is a network of ancient tracks and paths

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.

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Community Groups

The following space is for 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



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.

CLICK HERE NOWIf you want to find out more about the society and what the can offer.


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.
For more information Contact Richard Grainger on 01287 660200.

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 Joyce Champion
Peter Dingle 01287 660619
St Peter, Commondale

Vicar: The Reverend Michael Hazelton at Danby Vicarage, (01287 660388) covers this parish.

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A community of Monks featured in the early development of Commondale.

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.

The road from Kildale as you arrive at Commondale

Commondale from Kildale

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Commondale Brick & Pipe Company were a major employer.

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.

A stone circle and Sleddale Beck are features of note.

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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