Christmas & New Year Walking at Whitby
North York Moors
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Hills & moorland
Twixmas & New Year
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.
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 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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
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 programme
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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km)
Festive Guided Walking
Friday 23 December
Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.
Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve
Today’s harder walk starts at Egton Bridge. The route leads on to the one-time mining village of Grosmont – northern end of the North York 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 Grosmont and the easier walk from Sleights. For all three groups, the final approach to Larpool Hall is along the trackway of the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line.
Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day
We’ll build up an appetite on a choice of circular walks based on 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 line for a short distance, and enjoys a look at Whitby Abbey. The medium and harder walks offer longer loops heading south to Hawsker and Robin Hood’s Bay respectively before finding the Cleveland Way on the coast all the way up to the Abbey and down its 199 steps.
When you return to Larpool Hall there will be Christmas presents for all our guests under the Christmas tree.
Our Christmas meal will be the highlight if the evening to enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.
Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day
We’ll all see the spectacular Hole of Horcum, before starting our walks, today. After the medium and harder groups have started their routes from this natural amphitheatre, the easier group enjoys a circular route around Goathland, where everyone finishes for a coach ride home.
Tuesday 27 December 2016
Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.
Wednesday 28 December 2016
The coast north of Whitby, between Staithes and our finishing point of Sandsend, offers great cliff top hikes and sandy beaches if the tide’s right. The easier walk starts at the quaint village of Runswick, the medium from Staithes, passing Port Mulgrave along the way, while the harder challenges you to stretch your legs from a little way north fo Staithes before following the other group’s footsteps.
Thursday 29 December 2016
The last set of walks of our festive holidays go to the very heart of the North York Moors; each of these finish at the excellent National Park Visitor Centre at Danby. From Commondale village the easier walk reaches it via the market town of Castleton the medium plans to start high on the moors, working its way down into Great Fryup Dale, and the harder plans to include an 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, 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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Dates & Prices
|23 Dec 2017||WYXFW - Festive Walking - Whitby||4||£695.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2017||WYXFW - Festive Walking - Whitby||7||£969.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2017||WYXFW - Festive Walking - Whitby||3||£389.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2017||WYXFW - Festive Walking - Whitby||7||£899.00||Book Now|
|30 Dec 2017||WYXFW - Festive Walking - Whitby||4||£645.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person