Guided Walking for Solos at Whitby
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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.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks on the North York Moors, and nearby coast. Discover stunning cliff-top paths, picturesque fishing villages, and beautiful heather-clad moorland.
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.
Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an easier walk one day and switch to a harder walk the next.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Along The Esk Valley
Easier Walk: We explore Grosmont – where the North York Moors steam railway ends – before walking along bridleways and ancient stone trods to Sleights and Briggswath. With great views, we walk up to the magnificent Larpool Viaduct and back along the old railway track. 7 miles (11.5 km) with 950 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Today we follow an old toll road to Grosmont, before making our way to Sleights and Briggswath. Crossing the Esk via the Larpool Viaduct we walk back along the old railway track. 8 miles (13km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the ancient woodlands of Arncliffe Woods to the stepping stones of Egton Bridge and the moors around Grosmont we reach the Larpool Viaduct. Our route back is along the railway track. 10 miles (16.5km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Captain Cook Country
Easier Walk: From Kildale we walk 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 Great Ayton where James Cook lived as a child. There will may be the opportunity here to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. 6.5 miles (11km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at the Pinchinthorpe Visitor Centre near Guisborough we walk through woods and take a gradual ascent to the summit of Roseberry Topping. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A circular walk from Great Ayton, taking in Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s monument. 10 miles (16km) with 1,700 feet (520m) of ascent.
Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast
Easier Walk: From Beast Cliff the Cleveland Way leads us to Ravenscar. Following the sweep of the coastline, either along the seashore or along the cliff-top, we reach the old fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. 6.5 miles (10.5 km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Hayburn Wyke we walk through a nature reserve to Beast Cliff and Ravenscar, and on to Robin Hood’s Bay via seashore or cliff-top paths. 8.5 miles (13.5 km) with 1,700 feet (520m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Cloughton to Robin Hood’s Bay via the coastal path, Hayburn Wyke and Ravenscar. 10 miles (15.5 km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent.
Moorland Walks from Saltersgate to Pickering
(5 night holiday only)
Easier Walk: We walk along the moor from Saltersgate to Levisham and Newtondale, then take a ride on the North York Moors steam train to the market town of Pickering. There will be time to visit Beck Isle Museum, the award-winning treasure house of Ryedale, and see in Pickering Church, the most complete set of medieval wall paintings in Britain. 6 miles (9.5km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk takes us deep into the Hole of Horcum and on to Levisham and Farwath before following field tracks to Pickering. 9.5 miles (15.5 km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Saltersgate we follow the Old Wife’s Way past Blakey Topping en route to the sandstone outcrop of Bridestones. Then it is on to Pickering via Levisham From Saltersgate we visit the ancient Malo Cross en route to the sandstone outcrop of Bridestones. Then it is onto Pickering via Lockton. 12.5 miles (20.5km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
Terrain and transport
Easier Walks are on generally good paths with some short steep sections and steps. Medium and Harder Walks have occasional steeper and rougher sections. All footpaths and tracks may be slippery after rain.
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.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the North York Moors independently.
In the evenings
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 organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
On most of our holidays during the summer months you can join an open-top bus tour of Whitby on a Tuesday evening. The tour has a guide and full commentary. We’ll have an earlier dinner and provide hot drinks on returning to the house.
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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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