Danby village is 1 mile south of Clitherbecks Farm. It has 2 shops, a pub, a Doctor's surgery and a railway station. The sheep graze the village green and keep it tidier than any lawnmower. Danby derives it's name from the Scandinavian 'Danes buy' meaning 'Dane's place' and probably began by a viking settling there after one of the frequent invasions that the North East coast of England frequently endured many centuries ago. It is a peaceful village and attracts many tourists mainly due to the proximity of the 'Moors Centre' which is run by the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority.
Although quiet and peaceful now, Danby has an industrial heritage. The valley that Clitherbecks Farm stands in was once a mining hamlet producing coal for the surrounding area. Iron ore was found in the hillsides of the dales and iron was smelted on quite a large scale. Danby Castle was once a seat of local power, and even today the Court Leet, one of the last remaining Manorial Courts in England regularly meets to decide on matters concerning the commons in the Danby Estate. Danby Dale has a large stone built church and is also home to the camphill trust where adults with mental and physical disabilities are cared for and live their lives with purpose and respect. The village of Castleton is about one mile West of Danby and has several shops, (Including a supermarket), a bank, a post office, a garage, a hair dressers and a couple of pubs that do food as well as drink. All in all the area provides spectacular scenery, good walking and the usual amenities of modern life.