The village is the next to last stop on the Esk Valley Railway to/from Middlesbrough before the line comes to an end at Whitby. The level crossing leading in and out of the Station is connected almost directly to a railway bridge going over the river.
The River Esk (the Yorkshire version - there's several in the UK with the same name) also passes through it, on its final stage through the Estuary leading into Whitby Harbour and out into the North Sea. The main species to fish for in it being Salmon, Sea Trout & Brown Trout (all methods allowed).
For a long time, the village's main industry was provided by Ruswarp Mill, but that closed down between 1988 and 1990, and has since been converted into apartments.
The village's two2 main surviving features are the road bridge next to the level crossing (repainted in 2006), which was built from components from the same place as Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Ruswarp Church, with its tall spire & clock face (St. Bartholomew's).
There are 3 main retailers in the village - The Grocery Store & Off license, operated by the Duck family for over 50 years.
- A Post Office (earmarked for closure at time of writing this entry)
- A Butchers shop (with a reputation for some of the best Pork Pies in the area).
Other businesses include:
- The Bridge Inn (next to the level crossing)
- Ruswarp Pleasure Boats
- Ruswarp Car Sales
- McNeil's Country Store
- BATA Country Store
- Ruswarp Hall Hotel
- Chainbridge Riverside Retreats (holiday cottages)
- A Miniature Railway
- Esk Leisure (a 9-hole Golf Course, with Cafe)
The village has its own Primary school (Ruswarp C of E), which was enlarged around 1990 and a recently refurbished Village Hall.