North York Moors Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the North York Moors on foot

Code: WYBEW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • 1
  • 2
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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.

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From £335.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the North York Moors. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby welcomes you with its handsome harbour and medieval streets. Our walks contrast the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, with the magical North York Moors where the sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour.

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Accommodation

Whitby with awards

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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

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

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Lounge with a central dance floor
  • Two additional lounges
  • Bar
  • 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

Dining

An example of Whitby chocolate fudge cake an option for dessertAll 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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users

More details on Whitby accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the North York Moors. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks 

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Whitby Abbey

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Robin Hoods Bay

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Cleveland Way

Captain Cook Country

Available on: 4 May 2019

Option 1: Stokesley To Great Ayton 

Noth York Moors sign

Distance: 3½ miles (6km)

Total ascent: 100 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the elegant market town of Stokesley heading along the banks of the picturesque River Leven to the village of Great Ayton, childhood home of Captain James Cook.    

Don’t miss: Fantastic Farmer’s market in Stokesley, then there will be time to explore Great Ayton in the afternoon and learn about its famous son – Captain James Cook.

Option 2: Captain Cook's Monument

Roseberry Topping

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Cleveland Way to the magnificent viewpoint at Captain James Cook’s monument; we then descend to the foot of Roseberry Topping and on to the village of Great Ayton.

Don’t miss: Walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who grew up in the village of Great Ayton. There may be time to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum at the end of the walk.

Option 3: Roseberry Topping

The shapely hill of Roseberry Topping

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the escarpment of the North York Moors. Our route ascends from near Guisborough to the summit of Roseberry Topping, then continues to the equally impressive viewpoint at Captain Cook's Monument and Great Ayton.

Don’t miss: The distinctively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping - the Yorkshire Matterhorn - dominates the local skyline.


Heartbeat Country around Goathland

Available on: 5 May 2019

Option 1: Goathland to Grosmont

Coast to coast stationDistance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Goathland we follow the Esk Valley through Beck Hole and on to Grosmont. 

Don’t miss: Goathland is the setting of the village of Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat then on to Grosmont station, why not take a look around the impressive engine sheds

Option 2: Goathland & Grosmont Circuit

Goathland station

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: Today'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 3: Goathland Circuit

Steam train in the North York Moors

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Goathland, a gentle descent along the old railway track takes us to Beck Hole. Woodland and field paths will take us to Wheeldale Lodge from where we make our way across a lovely moorland path to Goathland church. A further loop heads across the railway line and on to the station.

Don’t miss: Look out for steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors railway as they make their way through the magnificent scenery in the heart of the national park.


Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast

Available on: 7 May 2019

Option 1: Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay 

View along the coast from Robin Hood's BayDistance: 3½ miles (6km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the dramatically located clifftop village of Ravenscar, we follow the coastline and the Cleveland Way National Trail, to the ancient smugglers haunt of Boggle Hole. Afterwards we continue to another well known ancient smugglers' haunt - the characterful seaside village of Robin Hood's Bay.

Don’t miss: Explore the historical Alum works and hunt for fossils on the beach at Boggle Hole.

 

Option 2: Beast Cliff to Robin Hood's Bay

View along the coast to Robin Hood's Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the spectacular coastal section of the Cleveland Way to Ravenscar. Following the sweep of the coastline, either along the seashore or along the cliff-top, we'll continue to the old fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends at the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay where you can explore the narrrow cobbled streets,or relax in one of the pubs or teashops.

 

Option 3: Hayburn Wyke to Robin Hood's Bay 

Views from Ravenscar towards Robin Hoods Bay

Distance:  miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Hayburn Wyke through a nature reserve to Beast Cliff and Ravenscar, then on to Robin Hood’s Bay via seashore or cliff-top paths.                                          

Don’t miss: The fascinating historic remains of the old Alum works below Ravenscar. 

 

Dales of the Esk Way

Available on: 8 May 2019

Option 1: Castleton to Danby

Village church at Danby

Distance: 3 miles (4½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in the village of Castleton we join the Esk Valley Way through Danby Park before ending our walk at The Moors Centre at Danby Lodge. 

Don’t miss: Take time to explore the Moors Centre and learn more about the National Park. 

 

Option 2: Castleton Rigg and Eskdale

Esk Valley near Casteton

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting high on the moor, we visit the Seated Man, an intriguing sculpture high on Castleton Rigg. We then descend along the Rigg, following field and moorland paths to visit Danby Castle, home of Katherine Parr, before crossing the Esk Valley railway to arrive at the Moors Centre.

Don’t miss: The Moors Centre has excellent interpretive displays about the national park, and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists.

 

 Option 3: Danby Rigg

Rolling coutryside of the Esk Valley

Distance:  miles (15½ km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Castleton we make our way across fields and Danby Rigg to reach Little Fryup Dale.  We continue to Heads, then descend via Danby Crag before crossing the River Esk to arrive at the pretty village of Houlsyke.  A short, sharp ascent will bring us to a quiet road and track from where we will enjoy splendid views of the Esk Valley before descending to The Moors Centre.

Don’t miss: Look out for the standing stones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg - evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.


Deep into the North York Moors

Available on: 9 May 2019

Option 1: Lower Askew to Hutton Le Hole 

Green valley of FarndaleDistance: 3½ miles (6km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk begins at Lower Askew, taking in the village of Lastingham with its Norman crypt of St Mary’s Church. We then make our way to the picturesque village if Hutton Le Hole.

Don’t miss: Explore times gone by at the Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton Le Hole.

 

Option 2: Rosedale and Lastingham

Purple Heather above Farndale

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Traverse the hillsides of the green valley of Rosedale as we walk between the villages of Rosedale Abbey to Lastingham. We'll then continue for a further couple of miles to charming Hutton-le-Hole.

Don’t miss: Our walk finishes in the picture-postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole. There's time to visit the Ryedale Folk Museum which tells the story of 4,000 years of rural life.

 

Option 3: Farndale

North York Moors

Distance:  miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from high up on Moors at Blakey Ridge, we'll descend through acres of purple heather into the valley of Farndale. Our route then follows the River Dove along this tranquil valley to Hutton-le-Hole.                                   

Don’t miss: It's hard to believe that this tranquil scene was once a thriving centre for mining high-grade iron ore. You'll see occassional remnants of this industrial heritage, and follow part of the old railway that carried the ore to Teesside.

Local area

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!

Ruined stone walls of Whitby AbbeyWhitby Abbey               
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

 

 

Old houses and harbour at StaithesStaithes            
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.

 

 

Steam train in the North York MoorsNorth 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

Fountain and extrerior of Castle Howard houseCastle Howard
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

 

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
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

Travel to Whitby

Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
3 May 2019 WYBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Whitby 7 £879.00 £804.00 Save £75 off pp Book Now
3 May 2019 WYBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Whitby 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
6 May 2019 WYBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Whitby 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now

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