North York Moors Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday
Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the North York Moors
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Christmas & New Year
Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Celebrate in the North York Moors
Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby welcomes you with its handsome harbour, colourful fishing fleet and medieval streets lined with quaint cafes and curiosity shops. A wealth of walks contrasts the windswept headlands and ancient smugglers' haunts with the magical moorland of the North York Moors National Park.
- Enjoy a warm festive welcome and relax at Larpool Hall with splendid views over the Esk valley and towards the sea
- Contrast bracing cliff-top trails with walks exploring the magical tranquility of the North York Moors National Park
- Explore Whitby's handsome harbour, colourful fishing fleet, medieval streets and atmospheric Abbey
- Full board en-suite accommodation
- A full programme of guided walks or activities
- The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
- Transport to and from the walks
- Activities in the evenings
- A present on Christmas Day
- A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve
Whitby is truly unique. Venture into 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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
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
Festive Walking at Whitby
Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.
Marvel at the coastal scenery from the fishing village of Staithes to Runswick Bay; walk through Whitby and climb the 199 steps to the atmospheric Abbey; enjoy stunning open vistas on moorland walks around Goathland.
Enjoy evening entertainment which may include local speakers, dancing to a live band, or a festive trip to the theatre.
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. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 9 miles (14½km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km).
Heartbeat Country around Goathland - Monday 24 December
We’ll all see the impressive natural amphitheatre of the Hole of Horcum, which will be the starting point for our harder group. The easier and medium groups continue to Goathland, the setting for the fictional village of Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat, from where we can enjoy circular walks visiting the old incline of the Whitby and Pickering Railway built by George Stephenson in 1835.
Around Whitby - Tuesday 25 December
We’ll build up an appetite on a choice of circular walks from Larpool Hall, exploring the local countryside and the famous sights in Whitby itself. The easier walk uses the disused track of the Scarborough to Whitby railway line for a short distance, and enjoys a look at Whitby Abbey. The medium and harder walks offer longer loops heading south via Hawsker, returning along the cliff tops on the Cleveland Way all the way up to Whitby Abbey and down its 199 steps.
Along the Esk Valley - Wednesday 26 December
Today’s harder walk starts near Glaisdale, leading on to the one-time mining village of Grosmont – the northern end of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, opened as a ‘heritage’ line in 1973 – and right through the valley of the Esk to Whitby, taking in the village of Ruswarp along the way. The medium walk starts from Egton Bridge while the easier walk commences at Grosmont. For all three groups, the final approach to Larpool Hall is along the trackway of the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line over Larpool viaduct.
Along the Smuggler's Coast - Friday 28 December
The coast north of Whitby, between Staithes and our finishing point of Sandsend, offers great cliff top hikes and sandy beaches if the tide is right. The easier walkers visit Staithes then travel by coach to start their walk in the quaint village of Runswick Bay. The medium walkers follow the Cleveland Way from Staithes to Sandsend. The harder walk starts at Boulby, near the highest cliffs on the east coast, continuing through Staithes, passing the ruined harbour of Port Mulgrave along the way, and challenges you to stretch your legs while enjoying fabulous coastal views.
Dales of the Esk Way - Saturday 29 December
We go to the very heart of the North York Moors today where each of the walks finish at the excellent National Park Visitor Centre at Danby. From Commondale village the easier walk reaches the Visitor Centre via the market town of Castleton, the medium starts high on the moors above Castleton, working its way down into Great Fryup Dale, and the harder includes ascent of Castleton and Danby Riggs, both high vantage points with great views.
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, However, you may find that travelling to Scarborough station is more convenient. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per 4 seat taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30 per 4 seat taxi. 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. Towards the top of the hill take the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A free 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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|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|23 Dec 2019||WYXFW - Festive Walking - 2019 - Whitby||4||£735.00||£735.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2019||WYXFW - Festive Walking - 2019 - Whitby||7||£995.00||£965.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2019||WYXFW - Festive Walking - 2019 - Whitby||3||£415.00||£415.00||Book Now|
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