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The Esk Valley

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What's New

Celebrating the Queens Birthday at Danby Beacon

Programme for the lighting of Danby Beacon to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April 2016 at 7.30pm.
7.30pm - Gather at Danby Beacon
7.40pm - Lighting of the Danby Beacon by Lord Downe, followed by Appreciation by HRH Prince of Wales read by Lord Downe. "Happy Birthday" accompanied by "Singing for Pleasure" choir, the trumpet (played by Ian Hopley) and everyone present. Prayers of Thanksgiving read by the Vicar (Rev'd Dr Michael Hazelton). "God save the Queen" accompanied by Trumpet and "Singing for Pleasure" choir and everyone present. Cutting of the Birthday Cake by a 90th Birthday celebrant.
8.15pm - Disperse to the Duke of Wellington, Danby

Logo of Danby Beacon Trust

Danby Beacon is available for lighting to celebrate your special occasion such as:

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Graduations etc.

For more information please contact Danby Beacon Trust on: 01287 660857

image of Danby Beacon at sunset

Broadband for all?

As part of the Government's policy to get broadband to the hard to reach communities of England by the end of 2015, a steering group has been set up to achieve this in the Esk Valley and Mulgrave areas. The latest information on this is that BT and the County Council in partnership are rolling out the upgrades. If you are having difficulty getting broadband or have a poor service (Less than 2 Mbps) then please contact Liz Dowson, Regeneration & Planning Services, Scarborough Borough Council, 01723 860753. The more demand we can show that there is in the Esk Valley, the more likely we will see the upgrades arriving near us.

Coast & Vale Community Action

Coast and Vale Community Action logo

CaVCA has come about through the merger of Seachange Community Trust and Ryedale Voluntary Action
Coast and Vale Community Action promotes thriving communities throughout Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale and neighbouring areas. We deliver exciting community projects, manage buildings and support hundreds of voluntary, community, social enterprise and micro enterprise organisations.

Registered Office: The Street, 12 Lower Clark Street, Scarborough YO12 7PW. Tel: 01723 362205.
Whitby Offices:
Church House, Flowergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3BA. Tel 01947 605256
Green Lane Centre, Green Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4EH. Tel 01947 602185

York based film company make short film about Beggars Bridge

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Colin Richardson has been so kind as to provide some little known facts and interesting information about the community of Littlebeck.

We are always on the lookout for items of interest. So if you have any knowledge or have information about Local history, Folklore, Geology & Archaeology which you think would be of interest to other please contact us

Clubs and Societies

Esk Valley Lifeline, Coast & Vale Community Action, and Whitby District Lions Club have all provided their details for inclusion on the Clubs and Societies page of

Diary of Events in 2016

New information on forthcoming events in the area have been added to the Diary of Events in 2016 page of


There are several new holiday accommodation providers listed on the site, giving visitors a choice of Accommodation including:- Farm House Holidays, Holiday Cottages B & B Camping and Caravans. Visit the Accommodation page on the site to view the details.

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Visitor Attractions and Facilities

There are a wealth of places to visit that provide modern entertainment while catering for traditional, cultural and historical interests.
Cafes, Restaurants, Public Houses, Touring and Static Caravans, B&B, Self Catering accommodation and Hotels provide welcome food and shelter for visitors.

Visitors are now a main source of income for the area and there is much to interest them information that may assist in planning a day out, or a holiday in the Esk Valley can be found on the pages for Attractions
Event Diary and Entertainment.

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Historical Interests

The area has played an important role in the Nautical history of Britain, with the village of Staithes being the place where Captain James Cook first discovered and then cultivated his interest in the sea. The port of Whitby was where Captain James Cook developed his seafaring skills and in which it is believed his vessel HMS Endeavour was built.
Whitby was also famous as a major fishing port that supported extensive whaling and boat building industries.
Thanks to Queen Victoria, by the C19th, Whitby was fast becoming a popular tourist destination. Her love of Jet Jewellery made the fossil as desirable as precious gems. Jet is unique to the area and can only be found along the cliffs near Whitby. Architecture shows that many of the big town houses and hotels date from this period.

Information about local history, Geology & Archaeology is contained on the individual community pages.

Whitby inner harbour, a heaven for pleasure and working craft

Whitby Harbour

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Folklore and Legends

Smuggling, Hobbits, Ghosts and local heroes have left a mark in the book of Folklore and Legends.
Journeying forward in time Bram Stoker was so inspired by Whitby that he chose it as the backdrop for his classic novel 'Dracula'.
Information on local Folklore and Legends is contained on the respective community pages.

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