7-Night North York Moors Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £1,099pp

The North York Moors are the perfect setting for a festive holiday. A wealth of walks contrast the windswept headlands and ancient smugglers' haunts with the moorland of the national park. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy a warm festive welcome and relax at Larpool Hall with splendid views over the Esk valley and towards the sea
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life 
  • Cosy country inns with roaring log fires and famous Yorkshire hospitality to round off many walks
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A full programme of guided walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 1pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Goathland & Grosmont Circuit

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

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. 

HighlightToday'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 2 - Goathland Circuit

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

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 Beck from where we make our way across a lovely moorland path via a secluded tarn to Goathland church. From there, feld paths & more of the old railway track bring us back to Goathland.   

HighlightA stretch of walking along a moorland edge give views of the magnificent scenery in the heart of the National Park.  

Option 3 - Over the Moors to Goathland

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In Summary: Starting 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 ravine below Goathland village.


Option 1 - Newholm and Raithwaite Hall

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: We walk through the outskirts of Whitby to the attractive village of Newholm before walking through the grounds of the secluded Raithwaite Hall. We then make our way to the sea front & return via Pannett Park.

Highlight: Raithwaite Hall & its grounds provide spectacular views along the coast.

Option 2 - To Sandsend And Back

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In Summary: We make our way through quiet countryside to the hamlet of Dunsley then head to the coast at Sandsend with its old alum workers’ cottages. We then return along the beach & cliff tops to Whitby.

Highlight: Step back in time and learn about the coast’s past on a Jurassic Trail.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 3 - Newholm, Dunsley & Sandsend

Distance: 12½ miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1.150 feet (360m)

In Summary: We walk to Sandsend via the quiet hamlets of Newholm & Dunsley. A longer stretch of beach walking brings us back to Whitby West Cliff with stunning views both ways along the coast.

Highlight: The walk along the beach provides a chance to see Whitby Abbey brooding on its clifftop perch high above the harbour.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide


Option 1 - Hawsker to Whitby

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (360m) 

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 prominently on the headland above the harbour. Discover how this dramatic setting inspired Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula.

 

 

Option 2 - Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby

Distance: 8½ miles (14km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

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 3 - Ravenscar to Whitby

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km) 

Ascent: 2,000 feet (620m) 

In SummaryA 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. 

HighlightWe'll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour. 


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


Option 1 - Runswick Bay to Sandsend

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

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 2 - Staithes to Sandsend

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

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 3 - Boulby to Sandsend

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: From Boulby 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 of Kettleness. 

Highlight: 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 - Sneaton and Stainsacre

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In summary: We make our way to Ruswarp then ascend, with great views as far as Whitby Abbey, to the village of Sneaton. Our return takes us via the village of Stainsacre.

Highlight: Check out the award winning ice cream maker in the village of Sneaton.

Option 2 - Iburndale & Ugglebarnby

Distance: 9 miles (15km)  

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We follow the Esk valley to Sleights before ascending through Iburndale to the delightfully named Ugglebarnby then on to Sneaton and Stainsacre.

Highlight: Walk through pretty villages and enjoy lovely riverside vistas.

Option 3 - Ugglebarnby, Rigg Mill & Stainsacre

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: On this lovely route, we walk along the Esk valley to Sleights then beside lovely Iburndale Beck before ascending to Ugglebarnby. Our return journey takes us via the site of a disused water mill once belonging to Whitby Abbey.

Highlight: A lovely leg stretcher through beautiful countryside taking in quaint villages along the way. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Runswick Bay to Sandsend

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

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 2 - Staithes to Sandsend

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

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 3 - Boulby to Sandsend

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

In Summary: From Boulby 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 of Kettleness. 

Highlight: 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 - Sneaton and Stainsacre

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In summary: We make our way to Ruswarp then ascend, with great views as far as Whitby Abbey, to the village of Sneaton. Our return takes us via the village of Stainsacre.

Highlight: Check out the award winning ice cream maker in the village of Sneaton.

Option 2 - Iburndale & Ugglebarnby

Distance: 9 miles (15km)  

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We follow the Esk valley to Sleights before ascending through Iburndale to the delightfully named Ugglebarnby then on to Sneaton and Stainsacre.

Highlight: Walk through pretty villages and enjoy lovely riverside vistas.

Option 3 - Ugglebarnby, Rigg Mill & Stainsacre

Distance: 11½ miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: On this lovely route, we walk along the Esk valley to Sleights then beside lovely Iburndale Beck before ascending to Ugglebarnby. Our return journey takes us via the site of a disused water mill once belonging to Whitby Abbey.

Highlight: A lovely leg stretcher through beautiful countryside taking in quaint villages along the way. 


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


Option 1 - Goathland & Grosmont Circuit

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

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. 

HighlightToday'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 2 - Goathland Circuit

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

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 Beck from where we make our way across a lovely moorland path via a secluded tarn to Goathland church. From there, feld paths & more of the old railway track bring us back to Goathland.   

HighlightA stretch of walking along a moorland edge give views of the magnificent scenery in the heart of the National Park.  

Option 3 - Over the Moors to Goathland

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In Summary: Starting 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 ravine below Goathland village.


Option 1 - Newholm and Raithwaite Hall

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: We walk through the outskirts of Whitby to the attractive village of Newholm before walking through the grounds of the secluded Raithwaite Hall. We then make our way to the sea front & return via Pannett Park.

Highlight: Raithwaite Hall & its grounds provide spectacular views along the coast.

Option 2 - To Sandsend And Back

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In Summary: We make our way through quiet countryside to the hamlet of Dunsley then head to the coast at Sandsend with its old alum workers’ cottages. We then return along the beach & cliff tops to Whitby.

Highlight: Step back in time and learn about the coast’s past on a Jurassic Trail.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide

Option 3 - Newholm, Dunsley & Sandsend

Distance: 12½ miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1.150 feet (360m)

In Summary: We walk to Sandsend via the quiet hamlets of Newholm & Dunsley. A longer stretch of beach walking brings us back to Whitby West Cliff with stunning views both ways along the coast.

Highlight: The walk along the beach provides a chance to see Whitby Abbey brooding on its clifftop perch high above the harbour.

*due to a stretch of beach walking, this walk may be reversed to avoid doing so at/near high tide


Option 1 - Hawsker to Whitby

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (360m) 

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 prominently on the headland above the harbour. Discover how this dramatic setting inspired Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula.

 

 

Option 2 - Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby

Distance: 8½ miles (14km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

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 3 - Ravenscar to Whitby

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km) 

Ascent: 2,000 feet (620m) 

In SummaryA 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. 

HighlightWe'll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


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.

 

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' 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. Food at Larpool Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

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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Getting to Larpool Hall

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2022
7 Christmas £1,175 Trip Notes Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan 2022
7 New Year £1,099 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £1,099pp

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