Esk Cottage in Egton Bridge, Yorkshire Coast

What to Expect

A terraced stone cottage with a path leading to the river, it is an ideal spot for a couple who love the great outdoors. Egton Bridge has a station with regular half-hour journeys to Whitby’s iconic harbour town or drive the six miles to the less commercial Sandsend Beach.

With a pub just 100 yards away, literally across the river, you are in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, renowned for its coast and country appeal.

Ideal for a romantic retreat, the cottage, with on-road parking outside the door, has an established garden for BBQing and meals alfresco.

At A Glance

Riverside location
Pub 100 yards
Open plan living
Multi-fuel fire
Short break option
Period property


Enclosed garden
Initial log basket
On-road parking

About Esk Cottage

In one of North Yorkshire Moors National Park’s prettiest villages, it has one bedroom sleeping two upstairs. Downstairs you have an open plan living space that incorporates a well-equipped kitchen with modern conveniences, including a handy dishwasher.

The cosy seating area has a multi-fuel burner in an original stone fireplace and there is a dining table between this and the kitchen.

The established sloping rear garden leads to stepping-stones across the River Esk. It has a patio for BBQing and outdoor dining too. The station is close by, with trains regularly leaving for Whitby in one direction and Castleton Moor in the other.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Egton Bridge

Like the terraced cottage, the Postgate Inn dates back to the 1850s and can be accessed via the stepping-stones across the river below the property. The pub is on the coast-to-coast walking route, so you will be sure to see plenty of walkers here, especially on sunny days in the inn’s large beer garden.

Before you pack your beach brolly, take a day or two to explore the glorious scape of the moors that surround you. Goathland, known for its waterfalls and inspiration for the village in Heartbeat, has a railway station used as the Hogwarts Station in Harry Potter. The route to the waterfalls is not for the faint-hearted, but if you are sure-footed, then Mallyan Spot and Beck Hole are well worth the 2.8-mile circular trek.

It goes without saying that Whitby has to be on your must-do list while you are in the area. Conveniently, from Egton Bridge, there is a regular train service to this seaside destination made famous by Bram Stoker’s classic novel Frankenstein. Here, you can keep in the monster mode by tucking into a giant portion of fish and chips and take a ghost walk with “Dr Crank”. His In Search of Dracula tour will take you to places mentioned in Stoker’s novel. On a sunnier note, the beaches along this stretch of coastline, notably Robin Hoods Bay and Sandsend, are made for lazy days with the moors as a backdrop to the sandy shores.

Last Word

There are pheasants in the garden and trout swimming upstream to the waterfall, making this a magical getaway right in the heart of one of the country’s esteemed national parks. Deep in the countryside, you are not far from the coast either, giving you the best of both worlds.

Start your day off with croissants and coffee with the sound of the River Esk flowing below and look out for woodpeckers, wagtails and waxwings in the garden. In this idyllic country setting, it is hard to believe that you are only six miles from the coast. If you are a keen walker, then you can pick up the Coast-to-Coast Trail in Egton Bridge and wind your way to the sandy shores of some of the country’s best beaches. No one will blame you, however, if you just want to spend time in and around this delightful stone terraced cottage.

If it’s variety you are after, then you have picked the right spot. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is one of a select few in the country with miles and miles of coastline and vast expanses of heather moorland.
Esk Cottage
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