Guided Walking at Whitby
North York Moors
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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.
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.
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.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the North York Moors on our guided walks. 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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
F: The Ravenscar Coast
Available on: 25 Jun 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 13 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 16 Sep 2017, 30 Sep 2017, 28 Oct 2017, 11 Nov 2017
Follow the glorious coast path from Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay back to Whitby. As we head back to Whitby you'll pass the iconic ruins of the Abbey, before descending the steps to the harbour.
Easier Walk: After 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. 6 miles (9.5 km) with 950 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk also starts from Robin Hood’s Bay but follows the coastline throughout, with possible sightings of cormorants at Saltwick Bay on our route back to Whitby. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,600 feet (500m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking from Ravenscar we head to the coast via Stoupe Beck and Boggle Hole, then to Robin Hood’s Bay, Saltwick Bay and back to Whitby. 11.5 miles (18.5km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent.
G: Dales of The Esk Way
Available on: 26 Jun 2017, 10 Jul 2017, 14 Aug 2017, 28 Aug 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017, 12 Nov 2017
Follow the green artery of the Esk Valley through the heart of the national park. On the way we'll stop to explore the sleepy villlages of Commondale, Danby and Castleton, or gaze down on this beautiful scene from the moors above.
Easier Walk: From Commondale village we head to the market town of Castleton and on to Danby Lodge with its National Park Centre. 5.5 miles (8.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting high on the moors, we follow an ancient trod down into Great Fryup Dale, crossing the head of the valley before regaining the high ground of Danby Rigg which leads us towards Danby Castle then to the Moors Centre at Danby, where there are excellent interpretive displays and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists. 8.5 miles (14km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting from Castleton we contour around Westerdale Moor to Westerdale village, where an ascent of Castleton Rigg takes us to Danby Dale and Danby Rigg before reaching Danby Lodge. 10 miles (16.5 km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.
H: Heartbeat Country around Goathland
Available on: 27 Jun 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 15 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017, 14 Nov 2017
Today's walks centre on the village of Goathland - made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat. Enjoy a choice of walks along the valley to Grosmont, or over the moors. Whichever route you choose look out for the steam trains on the North York Moors Railway.
Easier Walk: Today we take a circular route from Goathland (Aidensfield) in television’s Heartbeat and Hogsmeade in Harry Potter to Grosmont returning along the old railway trackbed. 7 miles (11km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting above the Hole of Horcum we descend steeply into Newtondale, where we may see a steam train as we cross the railway. Forest and moorland tracks lead us over Simon Howe to the village of Goathland. 8 miles (12.5 km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We follow the route of the Medium walk as far as Simon Howe, before descending to Wheeldale and a stretch of the Roman Road. Our route continues to Goathland via Mallyan Spout and the old railway track incline. 11 miles (18 km) with 1,500 (460m) of ascent.
I: Smugglers’ Coast along the Cleveland Way
Available on: 29 Jun 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 17 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 20 Sep 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017, 15 Nov 2017
Enjoy sweeping sea views as we follow the cliff-top path along the Yorkshire Coast. Our choice of three walks start in different places but all visit the charming villlage of Staithes, then continue along the coastal path to Runswick Bay.
Easier Walk: From the high cliff at Boulby with its spectacular views, we follow the coast to Staithes, where there will be the opportunity to visit the fascinating Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre, an informative glimpse into the history of this unusual fishing village. We then continue to the pretty village of Runswick Bay. 6.5 miles (10 km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We start at Skinningrove, once a focal point for alum and ironstone mining, before heading to Boulby Cliff, Staithes and Runswick Bay. 8 miles (13km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Walking from the Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, we head for Skinningrove and follow the route of the medium group to Runswick Bay. 11.5 miles (18.5km) with 2,100 feet (640m) of ascent.
J: Deep into The North York Moors
Available on: 30 Jun 2017, 14 Jul 2017, 18 Aug 2017, 1 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017, 16 Nov 2017
Explore the peaceful valleys at the heart of the national park. Today's walks cross the heather moorland above Rosedale and Farndale, before finishing in the attractive village of Hutton-le-Hole.
Easier Walk: Leaving Rosedale Abbey – the 19th century centre for ironstone mining – we follow the valley to Lastingham before following quiet roads and woodland paths to Hutton-Le-Hole. 7.5 miles (12km) with 800 feet (380 m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from high up on Blakey Ridge we descend into the valley of Farndale to the River Dove before heading to Hutton-le-Hole. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk contours around the head of Rosedale and along the track-bed of the old mineral railway to Rosedale Abbey. After ascending Bank Top and Ana Cross we continue on the grouse moors to Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole. 13 miles (20.5 km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
Image courtesy of visityorkshire.co.uk
A: Along The Esk Valley
Available on: 2 Jul 2017, 23 Jul 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 23 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017
The River Esk flows through the North York Moors to the sea at Whitby, carving a tranquil green valley through the high moorland.
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.
B: Along the Smuggler’s Coast
Available on: 3 Jul 2017, 24 Jul 2017, 21 Aug 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017
Enjoy a glorious section of the Yorkshire coast between Staithes and Sandsend. On the way we'll pass the quaint fishing village of Staithes, the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay, and the remote headland at Kettleness.
Easier Walk: We begin by exploring the village of Staithes. Then we rejoin our coach, which drops us off in the village of Runswick Bay with its broad sandy beach. A short walk along the beach (tides permitting) to join the Cleveland Way which we follow to Kettleness and Sandsend. 6 miles (9.5km) with 920 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: After exploring the village of Staithes, we climb ascend out of the village and along the cliff tops, passing Port Mulgrave on our way to the quaint village of Runswick Bay. A short walk along the beach (tides permitting) to join the Cleveland Way which we follow to Kettleness and Sandsend. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Boulby Cliffs we enjoy fine views while taking the coastal path all the way down to sea level at Staithes. Along cliff tops we pass through the tiny Port Mulgrave and Runswick Bay. A short walk along the beach (tides permitting) to join the Cleveland Way which we follow to Kettleness and Sandsend. 12 miles (19.5km) with 1900 feet (580m) of ascent.
C: Captain Cook Country
Available on: 4 Jul 2017, 25 Jul 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017
Today we walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who grew up in the village of Great Ayton. Our walks include the distictively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping - the Yorkshire Matterhorn - which commands a sweeping panorama over Teesside and the surrounding countryside.
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 1000 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.
D: Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast
Available on: 6 Jul 2017, 27 Jul 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 27 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017
Follow the spectacuular coastal section of the Cleveland Way. Our cliff-top path leads us to the village of Robin Hood's Bay, witth extensive sea views throughout the day.
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.
E: Moorland Walks from Saltersgate to Pickering
Available on: 7 Jul 2017, 28 Jul 2017, 25 Aug 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017
Head into the centre of the North York Moors for walks on the heather-clad moors, and green valleys. Look out for steam trains on the North York Moors Railway as you make your way to the market town of Pickering.
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.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Classic Breaks
Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests
During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
Classic Breaks at Whitby start on Fri 17 and Mon 20 March 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Classic Breaks
Guided Walking for Solos
We welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.
See Guided Walking for Solos at Whitby for further details
Other Guided Walking holidays at Whitby
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks
Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike
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
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|5 Jul 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|8 Jul 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£499.00||£439.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|26 Aug 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
|26 Aug 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£819.00||£779.00||Book Now|
|30 Aug 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£289.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£499.00||£469.00||Book Now|
|2 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£819.00||£789.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|15 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|15 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£819.00||£779.00||Book Now|
|18 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
|22 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£819.00||£749.00||Book Now|
|22 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£359.00||£289.00||Book Now|
|25 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
|29 Sep 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£339.00||£289.00||Book Now|
|6 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£749.00||£679.00||Book Now|
|6 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£339.00||£279.00||Book Now|
|9 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£459.00||£399.00||Book Now|
|16 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£459.00||£399.00||Book Now|
|27 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£299.00||£249.00||Book Now|
|27 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£649.00||£579.00||Book Now|
|30 Oct 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£385.00||£329.00||Book Now|
|10 Nov 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||7||£579.00||£504.00||Book Now|
|10 Nov 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||3||£269.00||£199.00||Book Now|
|13 Nov 2017||WYBOB - Guided Walking - Whitby||4||£349.00||£309.00||Book Now|
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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person