4-Night North York Moors Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Goathland Moor Heather and Crags
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like minded company and a great selection of walks. Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby welcomes you with its handsome harbour and medieval streets. Our Guided Walking holidays contrast the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, with the magical North York Moors where the sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the North York Moors
  • Explore windswept headlands and smugglers haunts of the Yorkshire coast
  • Marvel at the magical inland moors where sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Moors history 
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England's most beautiful walking areas

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Goathland & Grosmont Circuit

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In SummaryWalk from Goathland, heading along Mill Scar and the edge of Goathland moor before descending down the valley to the neighbouring village of Grosmont. Our return route follows the old railway trail between the two villages. 

Highlight: Today's walks centre on the village of Goathland - made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat. You may also recognise Goathland station from its role in the Harry Potter films. 

 

Option 2 - Goathland Circuit

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (320m) 

In SummaryFrom Goathland, a gentle descent along the old railway track takes us to Beck Hole. Woodland and field paths will take us to Wheeldale Lodge from where we make our way across a lovely moorland path to Goathland church. A further loop heads across the railway line and on to the station. 

HighlightLook out for steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors railway as they make their way through the magnificent scenery in the heart of the national park

 

Option 3 - Over the Moors to Goathland

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (450m) 

In SummaryStarting above the Hole of Horcum we descend steeply into Newtondale, where we may see a steam train as we cross the railway. We continue on forest and moorland tracks to Simon Howe, before descending to Wheeldale and a section of the Roman Road. Our route continues to Goathland via Mallyan Spout and the incline of the old railway track. 

HighlightDiscover the impressive Mallyan Spout, hidden in a deep wooded ravine below Goathland village. 

 

 


Option 1 - Boulby to Runswick Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummaryFollow the Cleveland Way along the coast from Boulby cliff to quaint Staithes. After time to explore we'll continue atop the cliffs to the small harbour at Port Musgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay. 

HighlightTake time to discover the fascinating fishing village of Staithes, and the area's connections to Captain James Cook. 

 

Option 2 - Skinningrove to Runswick Bay

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m) 

In SummaryA fabulous coastal walk starts with a steady ascent from the mining village of Skinningrove to the top of Boulby Cliff. After time to visit Staithes there's a great final cliff-top section to Runswick Bay. 

HighlightBoulby Cliff rises to 666 feet, making it the highest point on Britain's east coast. Enjoy the glorious view of our walk stretched out ahead. 

 

Option 3 - Saltburn to Runswick Bay

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryEnjoy sweeping sea views as we follow the cliff-top path along the Yorkshire Coast from Saltburn to Runswick Bay. Our walk takes us over Boulby Cliff to Staithes, then on past Port Mulgrave to Runswick Bay. 

HighlightOur walk starts from the charming Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, complete with its pier and vintage cliff railway.

 


Option 1 - Rosedale & Lastingham

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryTraverse the hillsides of the green valley of Rosedale as we walk between the villages of Rosedale Abbey to Lastingham. We'll then continue for a further couple of miles to charming Hutton-le-Hole. 

HighlightOur walk finishes in the picture-postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole. There's time to visit the Ryedale Folk Museum which tells the story of 4,000 years of rural life. 

 

Option 2 - Farndale

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In SummaryStarting from high up on Moors at Blakey Ridge, we'll descend through acres of purple heather into the valley of Farndale. Our route then follows the River Dove along this tranquil valley to Hutton-le-Hole. 

HighlightIts hard to believe that this tranquil scene was once a thriving centre for mining high-grade iron ore. You'll see occasional remnants of this industrial heritage, and follow part of the old railway that carried the ore to Teesside. 

 

Option 3 - Rosedale's Railway

Distance: 13 miles (20.5km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m) 

In SummaryExplore the beautiful moors in the heart of the national park. Our walk contours around the head of Rosedale and along the track-bed of the old mineral railway to Rosedale Abbey. After ascending Bank Top and Ana Cross we continue on the grouse moors to Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole.  

HighlightLook out for Ana Cross - one of 30 crosses dating to the Middle Ages that once guided travellers across the moors. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a large amount of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, where contemporary design touches complement the original architecture and features. With 29 bedrooms, Larpool Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Choose the very spacious Room 15 on the ground floor for its lemon and grey styling, super-comfy sofa in front of a large fireplace and views across the Esk Valley. Climb to Room 2 on the first floor for similarly expansive vistas from the front of the house, or settle in under the eaves and exposed beams of beautiful Room 30 on the second floor of the house.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the tight and twisty streets of Whitby or the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax outside in the pretty courtyard or stroll the 14 acres of grounds and gardens with their manicured lawns and mature trees. Grab a well-thumbed copy of Dracula and hole up in the lounge, or join fellow guests in the large ballroom with its comfy seating and central dance floor to discuss your own adventures. The small, sociable bar provides another great space in which to relax.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Larpool Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Larpool Hall

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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