3-Night North York Moors Guided Walking Holiday

Goathland Moor Heather and Crags
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £349pp £289pp

Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby welcomes you with its handsome harbour and medieval streets. Our Guided Walking holidays 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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the North York Moors
  • Explore windswept headlands and smugglers haunts of the Yorkshire coast
  • Marvel at the magical inland moors where sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Moors history 
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England's most beautiful walking areas

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Grosmont to Whitby

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In SummaryThe River Esk flows through the North York Moors to the sea at Whitby, carving a tranquil green valley through the high moorland. We'll follow the valley from Grosmont to Larpool Hall. 

Highlight: Our walk ends by crossing the Larpool viaduct; a 13 arch brick structure built in 1884 to carry the now closed Whitby to Scarborough railway over the River Esk. 

 

Option 2 - Egton Bridge to Whitby

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummaryWe start at Egton Bridge and follow an old toll road along the valley towards Grosmont. We'll pass the village of Sleights before ending the walk across the towering Larpool Viaduct. 

HighlightThe River Esk has healthy stocks of Atlantic salmon and sea trout. If you're lucky you may spot kingfishers, dippers, otters and water voles, all of which live in the river. 

 

Option 3 - Glaisdale to Whitby

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In SummaryFollow the River Esk from the heart of the national park towards the sea. We'll walk through the ancient woodlands at Arncliffe to the stepping stones of Egton Bridge, then continue downstream past Grosmont to Larpool Halll. 

HighlightSee the Beggar's Bridge and discover the legend of the 17th Century romance between Tom Ferris, a local farmer and Agnes Richardson, the squire's daughter. 

 


Option 1 - Runswick Bay to Sandsend

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Total ascent: 920 feet (280m) 

In SummaryEnjoy 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: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In SummaryAfter exploring the village of Staithes, we'll head along the cliff tops, passing Port Mulgrave on our way to the quaint village of Runswick Bay. Our coastal walk continues along the Cleveland Way to Kettleness and Sandsend 

HighlightLook out for the once thriving harbour at Port Musgrave, 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) 

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In SummaryOur walk starts on top of the towering Boulby Cliffs. 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 at Kettleness. 

HighlightAs you approach Sandsend there's a glorious view along the 2½ mile long beach towards Whitby, with the ruins of Whitby Abbey prominant in the distance. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Hawsker to Whitby

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

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 prominantly 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: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

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: 2,050 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. 

 


Option 1 - Castleton Rigg & Eskdale

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In SummaryStarting 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. 

HighlightThe Moors Centre has excellent interpretive displays about the national park, and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists. 

 

Option 2 - Danby Rigg

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In SummaryFrom Castleton we make our way across fields and Danby Rigg to reach Little Fryup Dale.  We continue via Danby Crag before crossing the River Esk to the pretty village of Houlsyke. After a  short, sharp ascent you'll enjoy splendid views of the Esk Valley before descending to The Moors Centre. 

HighlightLook out for the standing stones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg - evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age. 

 

Option 3 - Atop the Moors

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In SummaryExplore the moors above the Esk Valley. Starting from Castleton we take in three hills: Westerdale Moor, Castleton Rigg and Danby Rigg punctuated by tranquil green valleys. 

HighlightEnjoy sweeping views from the top of the moors over the national park, and down the Esk Valley towards Whitby. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Boulby to Runswick Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: Follow the Cleveland Way along the coast from Boulby cliff to quaint Staithes. We will then continue atop the cliffs to the small harbour at Port Mulgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay. 

Highlight: Discover the fascinating village of Staithes, and the area's connections to Captain James Cook. 

 

Option 2 - Staithes to Sandsend

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

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: 10½ miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

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 - Goathland & Grosmont

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 950 feet (280m)

In Summary: From Goathland we follow the Esk Valley through Beck Hole and on to Grosmont. Take a look around the impressive Engine Sheds at Grosmont station. Our return route follows the old railway line between the two villages.     

Highlight: Today's walks centre on the village of Goathland - made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat. 

 

Option 2 - Goathland Circuit

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (320m) 

In Summary: 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 to Goathland Church. A further loop heads across the railway line and onto the station.  

Highlight: 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.

 

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.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Grosmont to Whitby

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In SummaryThe River Esk flows through the North York Moors to the sea at Whitby, carving a tranquil green valley through the high moorland. We'll follow the valley from Grosmont to Larpool Hall. 

Highlight: Our walk ends by crossing the Larpool viaduct; a 13 arch brick structure built in 1884 to carry the now closed Whitby to Scarborough railway over the River Esk. 

 

Option 2 - Egton Bridge to Whitby

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummaryWe start at Egton Bridge and follow an old toll road along the valley towards Grosmont. We'll pass the village of Sleights before ending the walk across the towering Larpool Viaduct. 

HighlightThe River Esk has healthy stocks of Atlantic salmon and sea trout. If you're lucky you may spot kingfishers, dippers, otters and water voles, all of which live in the river. 

 

Option 3 - Glaisdale to Whitby

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In SummaryFollow the River Esk from the heart of the national park towards the sea. We'll walk through the ancient woodlands at Arncliffe to the stepping stones of Egton Bridge, then continue downstream past Grosmont to Larpool Halll. 

HighlightSee the Beggar's Bridge and discover the legend of the 17th Century romance between Tom Ferris, a local farmer and Agnes Richardson, the squire's daughter. 

 


Option 1 - Beast Cliff to Robin Hood's Bay

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m) 

In SummaryFollow 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. 

HighlightOur 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 2 - Hayburn Wyke to Robin Hood's Bay

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In SummaryFollow 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.                                           

Highlight: The fascinating historic remains of the old Alum works below Ravenscar. 

 

 

Option 3 - Cloughton to Robin Hood's Bay

Distance: 10 miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)  

In SummaryA fantastic longer coastal walk from Cloughton to Robin Hood’s Bay. Enjoy far-ranging sea views throughout the day as we make our way along this superb stretch of coastline.                       

HighlightDiscover the history of Ravenscar. Victorian developers bought this cliff-top site and laid out streets, aiming to build a grand seaside resort - alas only a few plots were bought and the company went bankrupt, thus preserving the tranquility of the headland. 

 


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 whole shed-load 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.

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

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.
  • 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

 

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.

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

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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Larpool Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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