Low Mill weir on the River Derwent
|Population||881 (2011 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
The ruins of Ayton castle can be found to the east of the village. The tower dates back to 1390 and was built by Ralph Eure. During the 1670s, stone from the castle was used to rebuild the bridge over the River Derwent.
Just south of the village is the Wykeham Lakes park. This is a fishery and water-sports complex run by the Downe family's Dawnay Estates programme. The lakes are built on the site of a former World War One Royal Flying Corps airfield (known as West Ayton) that was used by No. 251 Squadron. The airfield was abandoned after 1919.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – West Ayton Parish (1170217368)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: West Ayton CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
- Salter, Mike (2001). The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire.
- Murray, Kieron (4 July 2017). "Scarborough's own 'Total Wipeout' course set to open". The Scarborough News. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
- "The Wykeham and Danby Estates". wykehamlakes.co.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
- "West Ayton - Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust UK". www.abct.org.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
- Philpott, Ian M. (2005). The Royal Air Force : an encyclopedia of the inter-war years. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Aviation. p. 246. ISBN 1-84415-154-9.
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