Family Walking Adventure at Whitby
North York Moors
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Hills & moorland
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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Larpool Hall, set in 14 acres of grounds, is great for energetic kids and is conveniently located close to the rugged North East coast, making it ideal for our family walking holidays. Highlights include hunting from crabs in the rock pools at Robin Hood's Bay, walking along the coast to Staithes, the setting for Old Jack's Boat on CBeebies, taking the steam train to Goathland and enjoy one of Whitby's legendary fish and chip suppers on board an open top bus!
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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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 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.
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
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to more challenging hill walks that will appeal to active teenagers.
The Ravenscar Coast
Family Walk: 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. 3 miles (5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: After exploring the old smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay, our coach takes us to the village of Hawsker. Our walk soon joins the coastal path which we follow to Whitby. Time to explore old Whitby or return early to Larpool Hall. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk also starts from the old smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay then follows the undulating coastal path with views of Whitby Abbey in the distance. Time to explore old Whitby and descend the famous 199 steps. 9 miles (14.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking from Ravenscar we head to the coast, past the disused alum works, with wonderful views of the bay. We walk on the beach to the old smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay then take the coastal path through Saltwick Bay to Whitby. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Heartbeat Country Around Goathland
Family Walk: Starting 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. 3 miles (5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Today we take a circular route from Goathland, visiting the waterfall of Mallyan Spout en route. We continue to Grosmont to look at the locomotive shed and old station then return along the disused railway. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: A circular walk from Goathland. We take paths through fields and woods to cross the River Esk at Egton Bridge. Then on to Grosmont to look at the steam trains and the station before returning on the disused railway line to Goathland. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting from Saltersgate, next to the huge natural amphitheatre of the Hole of Horcum, we drop into the glacial valley of Newtondale. Forest tracks, stepping stones, and a stretch along a Roman Road brings us to Mallyan Spout waterfall and Goathland. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Captain Cook Country
Family Walk: From Newton Under Roseberry we then continue over Roseberry Common and woodland to reach Pinchinthorpe Visitor Centre, with its excellent playground. 4 miles (6.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: From Kildale we walk the Cleveland Way to the magnificent viewpoint at Captain Cook’s Monument. We then
descend to the foot of Roseberry Topping and on to Great Ayton with the Captain Cook Museum and a chance to play on the green. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at the Pinchinthorpe Visitor Centre, with lots of information about wildlife, we walk through woods and take a gradual ascent to the summit of Roseberry Topping. Then on to Captain Cook’s Monument with fantastic views before descending to Great Ayton. 8 miles (13km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A circular walk from Great Ayton, taking in the wonderful views of the Cleveland Hills at Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument. 10 miles (16km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Along the Smuggler’s Coast to Staithes
Family Walk: After a visit to Staithes, now the setting for Old Jack's Boat on Cbeebies, we start our walk at Sandsend from where we follow winding tracks and paths through the landscaped woods of the Mulgrave Estate, and hear about the three castles that have been built there over the centuries. We visit the old castle and have time to explore the ruins, imagining the Norman lords who built the castle, and the Royalists who defended it in the Civil War. We return by a different route to Sandsend to spend time on the beach or at the beck before our coach takes us back to the house. 4 miles (6.5 km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: We explore the charming old fishing village of Staithes after walking from Goldsborough via Kettleness and Runswick Bay. Time to play on the beach, explore rockpools, look for fossils or enjoy the play area. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the beach at Sandsend with lovely views of Whitby, we walk to Staithes via Kettleness and the pretty
old fishing village of Runswick Bay. Time to explore the villages of Runswick Bay and Staithes and have refreshments. 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Today we follow the old railway track from Larpool Hall, through Pannett Park to pick up the coast path, or to walk along the beach, to the alum-mining village of Sandsend. We continue on the Cleveland Way coastal path to Runswick Bay and Staithes. 12 miles (19km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Dales of The Esk Way
Family Walk: 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. 3 miles (5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: From Commondale village we head along the Esk Valley to the village of Castleton. We continue through fields and farms to Danby Lodge, the National Park centre with its interactive displays about wildlife, nature trails and large adventure playground. 5 miles (8km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We start our walk on the bleak Danby Low Moor, heading for the warm greens of Eskdale and pretty village of Danby. We then head to Castleton and finish at Danby Lodge, the National Park Centre, for refreshments and exhibitions. 8 miles (13km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A wild and wonderful walk starting from Castleton from where we contour around Westerdale Moor to Westerdale village. An ascent of Castleton Rigg takes us to Danby Dale, Danby Rigg and Little Fryup Dale before reaching Danby Lodge, the National Park Centre. 10 miles (16km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Family-friendly walks: we've selected the best walks for families with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the routes. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time for activities on the beach, or enjoying the grounds of Larpool Hall
- Adventure: each day there are opportunities for longer walks along the coast or over the North York Moors
- Activity leader: back at Larpool Hall, our activity leader will organise games and activities which could include rounders, treasure hunts or crafts
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
Terrain and transport: Family and Easier walks finish earlier in the afternoon to suit little legs - walks are not suitable for pushchairs. Easier Walks are on generally good paths with some short steep sections and steps. Medium and Harder Walks have occasional steeper and rougher sections.
On some days the walks start or finish at Larpool Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Larpool Hall: In the late afternoons and evenings our activity leader will be involved in organising a range of activities. These could include a game of rounders on the lawn, a treasure hunt, or crafts.
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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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Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person