The name Sleights means 'flat land near water'. This must presumably refer to an old location for Sleights, as presently the majority of the village is located on hillsides on either side of the River Esk. There are many sights to see while touring around the Esk Valley, making the area not one to forget.
The village of Sleights inhabits hillsides on either side of the River Esk and was the birthplace of ‘Flint Jack’, one of Yorkshire’s great characters. In the mid-19th century he created fake antiques which fooled even the real experts. From here country lanes lead to intriguing places such as Ugglebarnby, Littlebeck and Eskdaleside.