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.
- 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
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- 4 days guided walking
- Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
- The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
- Any transport to and from the walks
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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Option 1 - Goathland & Grosmont Circuit
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (280m)
In Summary: Walk 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 Summary: From 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.
Highlight: Look 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 Summary: Starting 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.
Highlight: Discover 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 Summary: Follow 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.
Highlight: Take 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 Summary: A 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.
Highlight: Boulby 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 Summary: Enjoy 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.
Highlight: Our 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 Summary: Traverse 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.
Highlight: Our 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 Summary: Starting 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.
Highlight: Its 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 Summary: Explore 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.
Highlight: Look out for Ana Cross - one of 30 crosses dating to the Middle Ages that once guided travellers across the moors.
Option 1 - Hawsker to Whitby
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (300m)
In Summary: After time exploring Robin Hood’s Bay, our coach takes us to the village of Hawsker. A track from here joins the coastal path which we follow to Whitby. We'll pass the iconic ruins of the Abbey, before descending the steps to the harbour.
Highlight: The ruins of Whitby Abbey stand prominantly on the headland above the harbour. Discover how this dramatic setting inspired Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula.
Option 2 - Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
In Summary: Follow the glorious coast path from Robin Hood's Bay back to Whitby. We'll round the first headland then head towards the landmark of Whitby Abbey.
Highlight: The beach below Whitby's East Cliff is a good spot to look for fossils, and jet. In the nearby shops you can see how craftsmen have carved this into jewellery and ornaments.
Option 3 - Ravenscar to Whitby
Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)
Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
In Summary: A glorious coastal walk starting high on the headland at Ravenscar. We'll initially head to Boggle Hole and the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, before rounding the headland and continuing along the coast to Whitby.
Highlight: We'll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
At the house
- Excellent boot and drying rooms
- Lounge with a central dance floor
- One additional lounge
- Outside terrace
- Dining room
- Range of board games and books
- Free WiFi available in public rooms
- Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
- Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn
All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
- Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
- Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
- A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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