You will find Danby nestling in a hollow, located towards the head of the Esk Valley. At the heart of Danby is the village green where Scotch Blackface & Cheviot sheep keep the grass down all year round.
Situated in North Yorkshire, Danby is a busy little village at the westerly end of the Esk Valley. Amenities include a health food shop, a bakery cum cafe, a Chapel, a Church (St Hilda C of E in Danby Dale), a village hall, public conveniences, the North York Moors National Park Visitor Centre, and a railway station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby main line railway.
The prefix of the Post Code for Danby is YO21-2.
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park has a visitor centre at the old shooting lodge just outside the village on the road to Lealholm. Here visitors can learn something of the history of area and be directed to all manner of walks from the short stroll to the trek for serious ramblers.
There are quite often demonstrations of local crafts and farming skills. North of the Moors' centre lies the valley of Clitherbeck where coal mining used to take place, until competition of the superior quality coal from the County Durham coal field forced the closure of the workings.
Overlooking all of this and a fine place from which to view the Esk valley on a clear day is the Beacon, Danby Beacon is an early warning station dating back to the time of the Stoneage.
A working watermill, ruined Castle and Manorial Courts reflect the historical importance of Danby to this part of North Yorkshire. Local hamlets and Botton village form part of a greater community.
There has been evidence of stone age settlements found near this high point and it earns it's name from later times when it was part of a nationwide network of points where fires were lit when communities were threatened, (such as the viking invasions).
In more modern times during the Second World War this was the site of one of the Radar Stations that tracked incoming enemy planes and indeed guided Group Captain Peter Townsend to locate and shoot down the first enemy aircraft of the War over Sleights.
Danby has a working water mill by the side of the River Esk which as well as grinding corn, has in the past, also been employed to provide Hydro - Electricity.
Across the valley from the Moors Centre lie the ruins of Danby Castle, where Catherine Parr is said to have lived before being one of the wives of King Henry the Eighth.
One of the few remaining Manorial Courts still in existence in England meets here to regulate the use of the commons and garths.
To the East of Danby Castle lies Fryup Dale which is divided into Little Fryup and Great Fryup. To the West of the Castle lies the Hamlet of Ainthorpe and then to the South, Danby Dale.
At the head of Danby Dale lies Botton Village, which is a community run by the Camp Hill Trust for people with mental & physical disabilities.
As the visitors climbs past Stormy Hall at the head of the dale and out onto Castleton Rigg, if they then head South they come to Ralph's, (Pronounced 'Rarvs'), Cross, where it was customary for travellers to leave a small amount of money as they passed for tramps and beggars.
Following that road the traveller will come to 'The Lion Inn' or which is always the first place to be blocked if there is any snow. Heading North from Stormy Hall the traveller follows the road to Castleton.
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Clitherbecks Farm is a traditional hill sheep farm of approximately 50 acres, one mile to the North of the village of Danby. The Stone built farmhouse has 3 star self catering accommodation for up to 7 people in two bedrooms of the farmhouse that is mentioned in the Doomsday book as a fortified farm. Although it has much history attached to it, the latest addition to the farm is 5kW wind turbine which produces the electricity for the farmhouse.
Butterwitts is a delightful farm at the foot of Little Fryup Dale, one and a half miles from the National Park Visitor Centre at Danby.
This stone built barn conversion offers comfortable accommodation either for a couple or a small family. The bedroom comprises one double bed and a single bed.
An ideal accommodation for a holiday to explore the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. There are many walks for the 'gentle walker' and also some more challenging to explore the beautiful scenery of the moors.
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Harland Electronics is a Business providing technical support to the communities of the Esk Valley and East Cleveland. As well as selling all manner of ICT equipment, the company provides both hardware and software support as well as IT Tuition. No matter what the job from repairing playstations, netbooks, tablets and laptops through to configuring server networks, Harland Electronics provides a quality level of IT support you can trust.
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