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 guided family walking holidays.
- Search for crabs in the rock pools at Robin Hood's Bay
- Walk along the coast to the fishing village of Staithes, the setting for Old Jack's Boat on CBeebies
- Climb Roseberry Topping, or find out about Captain Cook at his birthplace
- Take a steam train to Goathland, Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films
Great reasons to join us
- Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 31 December 2016. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount
- 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
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
The splendid Georgian mansion, Larpool Hall, commands a wonderful position above the harbour town of Whitby. With excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms it is a most attractive base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
We also have a lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, ideal for families or groups of friends.
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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
The lodge at Whitby
The Whitby lodge is a comfortable, self-contained lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, available to book for holidays.
The lodge has two twin bedrooms, one double bedroom, two bathrooms and a lounge with double sofa bed. It will sleep up to eight people, making it ideal for families, groups of friends or even couples who would like the luxury of some extra space.
You can book the whole lodge for any holiday at Whitby – Walking, Leisure Activities, and Country House Escapes. All holidays are Full Board, with breakfast and dinner served in Larpool Hall (only 30 metres away), and our famous self-select picnic lunch. When you book the lodge for 3 or more persons you can receive a discount of 15% off the price of your booking.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Larpool Hall has a large lounge with a central dance floor. This connects with the spacious bar and the outdoor terrace to provide a very comfortable and flexible space. There are also two smaller lounges and an attractive dining room. A range of board games and books is available. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.
There are extensive views from the front of the house across the Esk Valley. The gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk about Whitby's colourful history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. In summer our guests love our open-top bus ride around the town (most Tuesday nights in the summer). Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is a large car parking area at the front of the house for 30-40 cars
- There are 9 stone steps up to the front door, each of the steps is 2.4m wide and 5.5 inches high. Front steps have a handrail
- The outside area is made of large gravel with good lighting
- Disabled car parking for 2 cars in the back courtyard with a level access to the house via the back door. No steps
Main entrance & reception
- General office is situated off the entrance hall
- The entrance hall with tiled floor measures 10m x 6m
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The house has 3 floors. The ground floor consists of the entrance hall, 2 lounges, the dining room, a games room, a ladies rest room, the main function room and 2 guest bedrooms
- The bar area and the gents rest room are 6 steps down from the ground floor level. There is a handrail in the centre of the steps
- All carpeted, except the bar area, which have non-slip flooring
- All corridors on the ground floor are 5 feet in width, with no ramps or grab rails
Public areas - lounge & bar
- The lounge has comfortable chairs, tables and a fire place.
- The minimum main door width is 36 inches. The minimum back door width is 29 inches
- The lounge measures 5.8m by 5m
- Both the ladies and gents are situated on the ground floor. Gents accessed via 6 steps
- The door width to the ladies is 29 inches and the cubicle door width is 26 inches. Toilet seat height is 17 inches
- Main door to the gents is 32 inches wide and the cubicle door is 29 inches wide. The toilet seat height is 17 inches and the urinal height is 24 inches
- The carpeted dining room is on the ground floor with level access
- The door width is 35 inches
- It has 5 round tables (28 inches high), each seating up to 9 guests. The chairs (18 inches high) have soft fabric seats and wooden back rests
- All furniture is easily movable
- The breakfast / picnic room is off the dining room, accessed via 2 steps with a handrail to the right. Both steps are 7 inches deep
- Continental breakfast buffet with waitress service for cooked foods and hot drinks. Waitress service at dinner
- There are 14 acres of grounds and gardens. Excellent outdoor lighting
- Patio area with garden furniture and umbrellas. Level access to the patio
- There are another 4 bedrooms that are suitable for those with mobility issues
- All rooms are en-suite, most with shower
- 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
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
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.
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.
Our guests: Only families can book on this holiday. Holidays at Whitby are ideal for families with younger children and toddlers.
Free day: The seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the North York Moors independently.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND.
By train: The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is Whitby. However, you may find that the journey to 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).
By taxi: The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
By car: Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teeside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles from 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 with free parking.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
20 Aug 2016, 5 p.m.
A great organisation.
Great walking and lots of fun.
20 Aug 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Excellent family walking holidays
We've really enjoyed the holiday.
20 Aug 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Great walking holiday company
Fantastic walks and great location
16 Aug 2016, 7:56 a.m.
Good location, great house.
Great leaders who looked after us all week.
16 Aug 2016, 6:44 a.m.
Really well organised. Lots of fun. Leaders really looked after the kids :)
26 Aug 2015, 5:16 a.m.
Every one was very helpful.
The walks were well paced.
3 Jun 2015, 8:56 a.m.
Very well thought out walking holiday for young children. Staff at hotel and on the walks were all helpful and friendly.
Brilliant holiday . Our 6 year old loved it. Perfect for families who want a walking holiday with children but welcome the entertainment that the guides and activity leaders provide. Will be booking another holiday with HF.
Thank you for reviewing your recent Family Walking Adventure with HF Holidays, we're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Whitby.
HF Holidays Ltd.
1 Jun 2015, 8:57 a.m.
Fantastic accommodation and food with everything adapted to suit families. Nothing was too much trouble. THANK YOU.
Great walk leaders and activity leader kept the kids thoroughly entertained.
30 May 2015, 5:39 a.m.
Very straightforward process from booking to completion
Had a great time
26 Aug 2014, 8:29 a.m.
No review provided
Excellent organisation, standard of accommodation, food, leaders etc always high/good, good value for money
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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: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person