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7-Night North York Moors Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3

Whitby provides the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, Esk Valley and moors. As well as the area’s scenic beauty, there is a rich cultural heritage. Captain Cook was born and grew up here and Bram Stoker found his inspiration for the story Dracula. The pretty stonebuilt towns and villages have been used as TV locations and the railway station at Goathland was used as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film. There are quaint fishing villages to explore, time to go rock-pooling on the beach and hear stories of smugglers. Out on the moors there are glorious elevated views and the sight of steam trains puffing their way through the countryside. Climb to the top of Roseberry Topping and see the view that may have inspired Captain Cook to explore the world.

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT LARPOOL HALL

  • Ride on a steam train
  • Play fun games together
  • Hunt for fossils on the beach

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Explore Jorvik Viking Centre in York
  • Captain Cook’s Monument (on the Cleveland Way)
  • North York Moors Railway
  • Whitby Abbey
  • Danby Castle
  • Esk Valley Railway

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • Max guests in house: 68
  • Family rooms: 11
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.

Arrive at Larpool Hall


Option 1 - Mulgrave Woods and Old Castle

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary After a visit to Staithes, we start our walk at Sandsend through the landscaped woods of the Mulgrave Estate. We'll hear about the three castles that have been built there over the centuries and explore the ruins. We return by a different route to Sandsend to spend time on the beach or at the beck before our return coach.

Highlight Imagining the Norman lords who built the castle, and the Royalists who defended it in the Civil War.

 

Option 2 - Runswick Bay to Sandsend

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)

In Summary Enjoy a glorious section of the Yorkshire coast between Runswick Bay and Sandsend. We start along the beach, then ascend onto the cliff-top path which takes us around the headland at Kettleness and on to Sandsend.

Highlight: There's time to explore Staithes before rejoining the coach to start our walk at Runswick Bay. Staithes is a timeless fishing village with cobbled streets and historic buildings.

 

Option 3 - Staithes to Sandsend

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: Starting from Staithes we follow the impressive cliff top section of the coast to Runswick Bay. Our walk continues along the Cleveland Way to Kettleness and Sandsend.

Highlight Look out for the once-thriving harbour at Port Mulgrave, built in the 1850s to transport iron ore. You can see the remains of the 1 mile tunnel that connected the mine to the harbour. 

Option 4 - Boulby to Sandsend

Distance: 12 miles (19½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In SummaryOur walk starts on top of the towering Boulby Cliffs. We follow the coastal path all the way to Sandsend, taking in the quaint fishing village of Staithes, the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay, and the remote headland at Kettleness.

Don’t miss: As you approach Sandsend there's a glorious view along the 2½ mile long beach towards Whitby, with the ruins of Whitby Abbey prominent in the distance.

 


Option 1 - Goathland & Grosmont Circuit

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 100 feet (30m)

In SummaryStarting at Goathland, Aidensfield in television’s Heartbeat and Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films, we take a disused railway track to Grosmont. Time to look round Grosmont and its engine sheds, then return to Whitby on the steam train.

HighlightWild garlic growing along the disused railway track and Hagrid spotting at Hogsmeade!

 

Option 2 - Goathland to Darnholm & Grosmontt

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In SummaryWalk from Goathland past the Darnholme Stepping Stones, heading 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 3 - 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 4 - Over the Moors to Goathland

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,520 feet (460m)

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.

Highlight:Discover the impressive Mallyan Spout, hidden in a deep wooded ravine below Goathland village.

 


Discover more about Larpool Hall and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Roseberry Topping

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In SummaryFrom Newton Under Roseberry we then continue over Roseberry Common and woodland to reach Pinchinthorpe Visitor Centre, with its excellent playground.

HighlightTopping Roseberry Topping!

 

Option 2 - Capt Cook's Monument

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary:Follow the Cleveland Way to the magnificent viewpoint at Captain James Cook’s monument; we then descend to the foot of Roseberry Topping and on to the village of Great Ayton.

HighlightWalk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who grew up in the village of Great Ayton. There may be time to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum at the end of the walk.

 

Option 3 - Roseberry Topping & Great Ayton

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryWalk along the escarpment of the North York Moors. Our route ascends from near Guisborough to the summit of Roseberry Topping, then continues to the equally impressive viewpoint at Captain Cook's Monument and Great Ayton. 

HighlightThe distinctively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping - the Yorkshire Matterhorn - dominates the local skyline. 

Option 4 - Cleveland Way Circuit

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In SummaryA circular walk from Great Ayton, taking in Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument. For part of the day our route follows the Cleveland Way along the Moors escarpment.

HighlightSoak up the sweeping panorama over Teesside and the surrounding countryside; a great contrast of natural and man-made landscapes.

 


Option 1 - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In Summary Starting at Ravenscar we follow the Cleveland Way along the sweep of the coastline to the smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Explore the beach, rock pools and look for fossils. Returning to Larpool Hall, there’ll be time for games in the garden.

Highlight Cracking rocks on the beach to find fossils.

Option 2 - Robin Hood's Bay, Hawkser & Whitby

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1200ft (350m)

In Summary: Explore Robin Hood's Bay before heading to the village of Hawkser. From Hawkser we head towards to the coast path and walk north towards Whitby, with views stretching across the endless horizon of the North Sea.

Highlight: The beautiful Saltwick Bay.

Option 3 - Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby

Distance: 8.5 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

In SummaryFollow 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. 

HighlightThe 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 4 - Ravenscar to Whitby Coast Path

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total 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.

 


Option 1 - Castleton Rigg & Eskdale

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Starting from a play area in the village of Castleton, we walk the Esk Valley Way to the National Park Centre at Danby. Specially designed for children, the centre has nature trails, an adventure playground, wildlife exhibition and café.

Highlight: Wildlife & nature spotting on the way to the Moors Centre.

 

Option 2 - Danby Rigg and Danby Castle

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  550 feet (180m)

In Summary: Starting high on the moor, we visit the Seated Man, an intriguing sculpture high on Castleton Rigg. We then descend along the Rigg, following field and moorland paths to visit Danby Castle, home of Katherine Parr, before crossing the Esk Valley railway to arrive at the Moors Centre.

HighlightThe Moors Centre has excellent interpretive displays about the national park, and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists.

 

Option 3 - Castleton to Danby via Heads

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 480m

In Summary: Walking from Castleton this route takes in some of the moorland surrounding Danby before finishing at The National Park Centre.

Highlight: Exploring the wild moorlands and peaceful valleys of this area.

Option 4 - Atop the Moors

Distance:  10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent:  1,800 feet (540m)

In SummaryExplore the moors above the Esk Valley. Starting from Castleton we take in three hills: Westerdale Moor, Castleton Rigg and Danby Rigg punctuated by tranquil green valleys.

HighlightLook out for the standing stones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg - evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

 


Depart after breakfast 


North York Moors Family Walking Itinerary Map

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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 or view the accessibility information online for Larpool Hall

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Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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