Walking with Sightseeing at Whitby
North York Moors
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the North York Moors with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. We'll take cliff-top walks to historic Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, take a trip on the North York Moors Railway through breathtaking scenery, visit the home of Captain Cook, and discover the enchanting Rievaulx Abbey.
Whitby is truly unique. Venture into 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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
- 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
Walk 1: Rievaulx Abbey to Helmsley
We begin our day with a visit to the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey - once one of the wealthiest abbeys in England. Its peace and tranquillity stays with us for a beautiful walk following the Cleveland Way to the pretty market town of Helmsley. We've left plenty of time to explore here. Join us on a town trail or discover Helmsley's history independently with visits to its castle, walled garden, Duncombe Park or maybe the Bird of Prey Centre. 4 miles (6km) with 350 feet (100m) of ascent.
Walk 2: Saltburn, Skinningrove and Staithes
After an exploration of the Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, we make our way following a stunning coastal section of the Cleveland Way, along the clifftops to Skinningrove. Here there's the chance to visit the Ironstone Mining Museum and discover more about the many ironstone industry relics that we've seen along the way. A short transfer then takes us to the pretty harbour of Staithes, inspiration and home to many local artists. Time to explore before we travel back to Larpool Hall. 4 miles (6½km) with 650 feet (240m) of ascent.
Walk 3: Captain Cook's Great Ayton and views of Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn
A short visit to Guisborough Forest Visitor Centre to learn more about the area, before we begin our walk through Hutton Lowcross Woods, around Roseberry Topping, and down to Captain Cook's home of Great Ayton. If you've extra energy, there's the option to stride out further and take in the top of Roseberry Topping - Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn! There's time this afternoon to explore Great Ayton and learn more about its famous son - Captain Cook. 5 miles (8km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
Walk 4: Ravenscar, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby
From the dramatically located clifftop village of Ravenscar, we follow the coastline and the Cleveland Way national trail, past historical alum works, and to the ancient smugglers haunt of Boggle Hole - the perfect place for some fossil hunting. Afterwards we continue to another well known ancient smugglers' haunt - the characterful seaside village of Robin Hood's Bay. 3.5 miles (6km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent. A short journey then takes us back to Whitby, with the afternoon to discover its charms including the famous 199 steps into Whitby old town, the whalebone arch, the many shops and tea shops of the town, or maybe take a boat trip out from the harbour. A short walk then takes us back to Larpool Hall. 1½ miles (2½km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent.
Walk 5: The North York Moors Railway - Grosmont to Goathland and Pickering
We start in the village of Grosmont and follow a similar route to the steam railway, passing the village of Beckhole and on to Goathland, an ancient settlement on the North York Moors, famous for the steam railway and the TV series Heartbeat. The train then takes us from Goathland and on to Pickering, with plenty of time there to explore. 4 miles (6½km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
- 3-night holidays feature walks 1 & 2
- 4-night holidays feature walks 3, 4 & 5
Walks are on mostly good footpaths, tracks & lanes; there are occasional short ascents and descents on steps or paved ground
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional
- Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your English Heritage card
- We offer a social activity most evenings
- The seven night holiday has a free day during the week for you to explore independently
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).
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
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Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.