The Abbey Way Guided Trail

Sun Star on Whitby Abbey
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £934pp £884pp

This 50 mile, Best of the Abbey Trail combines the stunning North Yorkshire Moors and the lovely Esk Valley with some of England’s most beautiful 11th century abbeys: Byland, Riveaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby.

Holiday Highlights

  • Helmsley, a bustling market town with its 12th century castle
  • The Rosedale Valley
  • Hutton le Hole, Grosmont (home of the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway)
  • A clifftop coastal walk to Whitby Abbey and Old Town

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.

Our walk starts by the ruin on Byland Abbey, described in the 14th century as “one of the three shining lights of the north”. Passing through the small valley village of Wass, we ascend Wass Bank and Moor to cross the A170, a route since pre-historic times. Crossing woodland and moor, we follow the River Rye to arrive at the famous Rievaulx Abbey, founded in 1132 and the first Cistercian Abbey built in the North. Returning to Rievaulx Bridge we join the Cleveland Way along Whinny Bank to reach our destination for today, Helmsley, with its medieval street plan and striking ruined castle.

8 miles (14km) with 750 feet (280m) of ascent.

A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently.

Our route today explores the moors and dales of this lovely part of the National Park. Starting from Rosedale Abbey, our path follows the Northdale Beck and the old mining railway track onto Rosedale Moor. We then follow the George Gap Causeway across Glaisdale Moor - one of the highest of the North Yorkshire moors, before descending into the village of Glaisdale where today’s trail finishes.

11 miles (18km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

The walk today takes in the picturesque Esk Valley. We start from Beggars Bridge, just outside Glaisdale, and walk alongside the river through Arnecliff Woods, before taking a detour to visit the steam train station at Grosmont. We continue along the Esk Valley through Sleights and Ruswarp, before crossing the magnificently restored railway viaduct to reach Larpool Hall.

10½ miles (17km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.

Leaving Larpool Hall, we follow the track of the old Whitby to Scarborough railway line before crossing over to the cliff top path and heading towards our final destination - the famous Whitby Abbey. After an optional walk around the Abbey and celebratory refreshments, there will be plenty of time to explore the old town and harbour. We’ll finish our trail by walking the final 2km back to Larpool Hall.

7 miles (11.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.

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 whole shed-load 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
  • Two additional lounges
  • Bar
  • 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

Your evenings


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.

Additional information

  • 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

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Getting to Larpool Hall

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
27 Jun - 04 Jul 2019 Itinerary £934 £884 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
19 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 Itinerary £934 £884 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
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