Larpool Hall is a great base to explore the local area. The rolling expanse of the North York Moors National Park is within easy reach, and the Cleveland Way offers cliff-top walks that sweep down to long, crescent beaches and the picturesque villages such as Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes, and Runswick Bay.
Scarborough, York, and Castle Howard are easy day-trips, and closer to home Whitby itself is a vibrant little fishing town with jade jewellery galore, legendary fish and chips, and fascinating history.
The ruins of Whitby Abbey stand high over the harbour and give the coast a ghostly feel when the moon is right. A walk up to the whalebone monument to Captain Cook and the Abbey offer a great workout (and help burn the calories after a fish supper).
The North York Moors Steam Railway runs daily services across the moors from nearby Grosmont to Pickering, with rail links from Whitby in summer, and has made appearances in the Harry Potter films and TV’s Heartbeat, while other local landmarks include Rosebery Topping and the the old early-warning base at Fylingdales (the famous golf-balls have long gone). But for many it’s definitely the moorland and coastline that steal the show.