Walking through history: Ancient and medieval North York Moors
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Explore the stories and histories of the North York Moors with walks that wind their way across this beautiful heather clad landscape, to uncover the ancient and medieval history of this peaceful landscape. This itinerary has been devised by leader David Garside, who will be leading your holiday. David has spend many days exploring the unique history of this area and is looking forward to sharing his stories with you.
- Enjoy walks along the ancient causeways or "trods" that cross the heather-clad North York Moors
- Discover the area’s ancient and medieval history, including medieval moorland crosses and neolithic burial mounds
- Explore the unspoilt villages of the moors with their characteristic red-pantiled roofs
- Relax in the comfort of our Country House - Larpool Hall
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include full board en-suite accommodation, and transport to and from the walks
- Great walking: enjoy a unique set of new walks with our experienced and informative leader
- Accommodation: relax in the comfort of peaceful Larpool Hall, just a 15min stroll from picturesque Whitby harbour and abbey
Whitby is truly unique, venture in this tight and twisty town whilst exploring the local architecture. Larpool Hall provides excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms. A magnificent location situated above the harbour and perfect for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Lounge with a central dance floor
• Two additional lounges
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
This itinerary may be subject to change, depending on walking conditions during the week.
Saturday: arrival day
Sunday: Fat Betty and Young Ralph!
We start high in the North York Moors and follow an ancient trade route or "trod" , the George Gap Causeway. We then visit 3 iconic moorland crosses in quick succession , Fat Betty, Young Ralph and Old Ralph before completing the day at the famous Lion Inn , high on the moors.
8 miles/ 13km, 600ft with 80m of ascent
Monday: Moorland crosses and a Norman crypt
This day starts on Blakey Ridge where we visit a burial mound before following the dis-used Rosedale Railway. We then visit two more moorland crosses, Ana Cross and Redman Cross before arriving at Lastingham, one of the earliest sites of christianity in England, to visit the unspoiled Norman Crypt beneath the church. The day ends at the picture-postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole.
10 miles/ 15.5km, with 250ft/80m of ascent
Tuesday: Skelton Tower, boundary dykes and the Hole of Horcum
We start by exploring the attractive moors villages of Lockton and Levisham before visiting Skelton Tower and it's superb view of the the North York Moors Railway in Newton Dale. We then visit Levisham Moor and it's mysterious boundary dykes before dropping into the spectacular Hole Of Horcum valley. The day finishes in the moors village of Levisham.
9 miles/ 15km, with 1,350ft/420m of ascent
Wednesday: Departure day
Discover the North York Moors
During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:
Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk
Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com
Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info
Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Travel to Whitby
Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND
The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, which is at the end of a long branch line from Middlesbrough.
However, most guests find that travelling via Scarborough station is more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £7 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
The 93 bus runs regularly between Scarborough station and Whitby. As you approach Whitby, alight by the Larpool Industrial Estate. From here it is an 800 metre walk to Larpool Hall. See www.traveline.info for bus times.
Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teesside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles outside Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. After 500 metres turn left into the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A large car park is available in the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport is served by a range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Scarborough with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 2hrs 50 minutes to Scarborough - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Scarborough. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Scarborough (1 change at York) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).
David has been a walking leader for HF Holidays since 2011 and has led UK walking holidays at most HF houses in England and Wales. Although he enjoys the mountains, he is happy to walk wherever there are hills, irrespective of size! A favourite area of the country is the North York Moors where he has spent many days exploring the unique history of the region. This includes ancient trods or trade routes, moorland crosses, monastic sites, boundary stones and Neolithic burial mounds and dykes.
In his career, David worked in a head-office management role for a national supermarket chain for over 20 years. His time is now spent mainly in the outdoors climbing mountains, walking long distance trails and visiting historic sites. This he combines with voluntary work as a member of Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team in the South Pennines.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person