Whitby and Esk Valley Active Travel has the declared aims of

  • facilitating the provision of active travel infrastructure (paths, benches, storage etc), and
  • promoting the uptake of active travel

in the Whitby and Esk Valley area (approximately aligning with the Whitby Travel To Work Area, from Staithes in the north down to Ravenscar in the south).

We are registered with the Charity Commission in England & Wales, with charity number 1206506 as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), starting in 2024.

Please note that we are not involved in campaigning as such. Campaigning for active travel in the Whitby and District area is handled by Whitby Community Network.


You can view our constitution here.


The organisation is governed by the following trustees

Ian Suckling (Chair)

Ian has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years as a GP and now active travel campaigner. He is working to see changes to infrastructure locally to give a choice and chance for everyone to cycle and walk and ride in a safer environment than we currently have.

Andy Hatchwell (Secretary)

Andy was a governor of a Whitby primary school for over ten years, and has also been successful on projects in education, with the local authority and the Whitby tourist industry, built on working together. His children were brought up walking and cycling in the area, and he is a keen cyclist.

Ben Noble

Ben is from the Hawsker area and, after working as a PE Teacher, moved back to Hawsker to run the family holiday business, particularly catering for the disabled. He is passionate about the provision of facilities for everybody to use regardless of abilities.

Andy Jefferson (Treasurer)

Originally from Whitby, after university Andy worked around the country as an IT consultant, returning to the town in 2019. After time as a Sustrans volunteer on the CinderTrack he turned to campaigning to attempt to improve various aspects of life in the town (via Whitby Community Network), included within that active travel, default 20mph and road safety.


You can view our accounts and annual returns on the Charities Commission website here.


We have been in receipt of funding, by way of grants, from the following organisations

NYC Inspire Fund
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