Under 18s GO FREE

7-Night North York Moors Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 3 & 4
from £999pp

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.

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.

Go Climbing. Go Paddling. Go Caving. Go Challenge Yourself! Our Family Multi-Activity holidays offer something for all children over 8 years old.

Arrive at Larpool Hall


Option 1 - Staithes & Sandsend

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 - 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 & Mallyan Spout Circuit

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In SummaryWalk from Goathland past the Mallyan Spout waterfall, 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 - 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 - 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 & Whitby

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  950 feet (300m)

In SummaryAfter 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.

HighlightThe 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 3 - 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

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 - 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 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Captain Cook's Monument - 1.25 miles
  • May Beck and Falling Foss - 3 miles
  • Larpool Hall to Whitby - 3.3 miles
  • Whitby and up the steps to the Abbey - 3.3 miles

Some longer walks, including some stretches along the Cleveland Way. Experience the true flavour of the North York Moors & Coast as you follow these varied routes.

  • Whitby Abbey - 5 miles
  • Goathland to Grosmont - 3.3 miles
  • Roseberry Topping - 4 miles
  • May Beck Circular - 4.5 miles
  • Runswick Bay to Staithes - 5 miles

For those who love to stride out for some longer walks on the coastal path or over the moors.

  • Grosmont & Goathland Circuit - 8 miles
  • Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby - 8 miles
  • Sandsend to Staithes - 8 miles
  • Along the cliffs to Whitby Abbey - 9 miles
  • Whitby Abbey - 7 miles
  • Danby Dale and Botton Village - 8 miles
  • Roseberry Topping and Captain Cooks Monument - 8.5 miles
  • Newtondale to Grosmont - 11 miles
  • Cloughton to Ravenscar - 12 miles
  • Cloughton to Whitby - 18 miles

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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

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Getting to Larpool Hall

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What to Bring

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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
07 Aug - 14 Aug
7 Guided Family Walks £999 Available Trip Notes Enquire
17 Aug - 24 Aug
7 Guided Family Walks £999 Available Trip Notes Enquire

Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places per full paying adult. Child price up to 17 years. Sole occupancy charges may apply. Family rooms are subject to availability.

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

7 nights from £999pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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