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North Riding
St Bartholomew's Church, Ruswarp (9 June 2006).jpg
St Bartholomew's Church
Grid reference: NZ885095
Location: 54°27’36"N, 0°38’24"W
Post town: Whitby
Postcode: YO21
Dialling code: 01947
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Scarborough and Whitby

Ruswarp is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, sitting at the edge of Whitby. It is around two miles from Whitby town centre, at the junction of the B1410 and B1416 roads, on the River Esk. The Esk Valley Line runs through, with trains stopping at Ruswarp railway station.

The name of the village comes from the Old English hris wearp (recorded as Risewarp around 1146) meaning 'silted land overgrown with brushwood'.[1]

The village has a goodly number of local shops including a butcher and a bakery, and a grocery store. There is a pub, the Bridge Inn.

The parish church is the Church of St Bartholomew.

About the village

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.[2] The viaduct is now owned by Sustrans and carries "The Cinder Track", a walk/cycleway along the former Whitby-to-Scarborough railway line.[3]

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.[4]

The village is on the Esk Valley Walk, a national hiking trail.[5] 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.[6]

Ruswarp Village Hall caters for community events and classes.

Outside links

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