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St Bartholomew's Church, Ruswarp (9 June 2006).jpg
St Bartholomew's Church
Ruswarp is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceNZ885095
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWHITBY
Postcode districtYO21
Dialling code01947
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°28′N 0°38′W / 54.46°N 0.64°W / 54.46; -0.64Coordinates: 54°28′N 0°38′W / 54.46°N 0.64°W / 54.46; -0.64

Ruswarp village lies within the Scarborough borough of North Yorkshire, England. It is around 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from Whitby, at the junction of the B1410 and B1416 roads, on the River Esk and the Esk Valley Line, with trains stopping at Ruswarp railway station. Originally it was called Risewarp (Old English hrīs wearp, c. 1146) meaning 'silted land overgrown with brushwood'.[1]

The heritage steam train services from Pickering to Whitby pass through Ruswarp but do not stop at the Ruswarp platform. Bus services connect the village to the surrounding area. The village is served by local shops including a butcher and a bakery.[2] There is a pub, the Bridge Inn and a church, the Ruswarp Church of St Bartholomew. Primary education is catered for by a local Church of England primary school.[3]

Crossing the River Esk downstream is a railway viaduct, 120 feet high, built (using 5,250,000 bricks) to carry the Scarborough-to-Whitby line, which closed in 1965.[4] The viaduct is now owned by Sustrans and carries "The Cinder Track", a walk/cycleway along the former Whitby-to-Scarborough railway line.[5] The River Esk was used to power corn mills in the village but the last closed in 1962. The weir that was built to channel water into a mill race has been adapted to power a hydro-electric project on its southern bank. The Ruswarp Hydro project started generating electricity in December 2012.[6]

The village lies on the Esk Valley Walk, a national hiking trail.[7] There is a physically undemanding walk between Ruswarp and Whitby (approximately 1½ miles) mostly along a stone pannierway, known as Monks Trod, signposted from the main street in Ruswarp.[8]

The village also hosts one of the area's tourist attractions, Esk Leisure, which consists of Mini Monsterz Indoor Play with pottery painting and laser tag. Also at Esk Leisure is Outdoor Laser Combat and a Farm Park which previously was 9-hole Pitch and Putt golf that closed in October 2009. Opposite Esk Leisure is Ruswarp Pleasure Boats. Established in 1874 customers can rent rowing boats or canoes to explore the sheltered waters that offer a unique opportunity to access the only migratory Salmon river in Yorkshire.[9] There is also a miniature steam railway for children and adults.

Ruswarp Village Hall caters for community events and classes.[10]


  1. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 397. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
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  3. ^ "Browse school information for your area". North Yorkshire County Council. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ Lidster, J. Robin (2010). Scarborough and Whitby railway through time. Stroud: Amberley. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-84868-668-7.
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  6. ^ "Whitby Esk Energy starts exporting electricity". 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Esk Valley Walk - LDWA Long Distance Paths". Retrieved 21 September 2017.
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