North York Moors Discovery Tour
Yorkshire Coast & Country
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Hills & moorland
Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.
Larpool Hall is in a wonderful location above the River Esk, near the historic fishing port of Whitby. It is ideally placed to enable us to visit the unspoilt North Country with its wild moors, picturesque fishing villages, bustling market towns and the beautiful Hambleton Hills.
- The spectacular North Yorkshire coast with wide sweeping bays like Robin Hood’s Bay, contrasting with the high cliffs of Kettleness and Runswick Bay
- The picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole where sheep roam freely around the village green, and with a fascinating folk museum
- The village of Goathland – Heartbeat Country
- The beautifully peaceful Mount Grace Priory and the busy little market town of Pickering, with its castle and medieval church wall paintings
- Rievaulx Abbey looming out of the depths of the Rye Valley
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full-day mini-coach tours, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
- Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the history and landscapes of the North York Moors from your knowlegeable leader
- Accommodation: 4-star Larpool Hall stands in charming grounds with delightful views over the Esk Valley
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together and relax together
The splendid Georgian mansion, Larpool Hall, commands a wonderful position above the harbour town of Whitby. With excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms it is a most attractive base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
We also have a lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, ideal for families or groups of friends.
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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
The lodge at Whitby
The Whitby lodge is a comfortable, self-contained lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, available to book for holidays.
The lodge has two twin bedrooms, one double bedroom, two bathrooms and a lounge with double sofa bed. It will sleep up to eight people, making it ideal for families, groups of friends or even couples who would like the luxury of some extra space.
You can book the whole lodge for any holiday at Whitby – Walking, Leisure Activities, and Country House Escapes. All holidays are Full Board, with breakfast and dinner served in Larpool Hall (only 30 metres away), and our famous self-select picnic lunch. When you book the lodge for 3 or more persons you can receive a discount of 15% off the price of your booking.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Larpool Hall has a large lounge with a central dance floor. This connects with the spacious bar and the outdoor terrace to provide a very comfortable and flexible space. There are also two smaller lounges and an attractive dining room. A range of board games and books is available. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.
There are extensive views from the front of the house across the Esk Valley. The gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk about Whitby's colourful history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. In summer our guests love our open-top bus ride around the town (most Tuesday nights in the summer). Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is a large car parking area at the front of the house for 30-40 cars
- There are 9 stone steps up to the front door, each of the steps is 2.4m wide and 5.5 inches high. Front steps have a handrail
- The outside area is made of large gravel with good lighting
- Disabled car parking for 2 cars in the back courtyard with a level access to the house via the back door. No steps
Main entrance & reception
- General office is situated off the entrance hall
- The entrance hall with tiled floor measures 10m x 6m
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The house has 3 floors. The ground floor consists of the entrance hall, 2 lounges, the dining room, a games room, a ladies rest room, the main function room and 2 guest bedrooms
- The bar area and the gents rest room are 6 steps down from the ground floor level. There is a handrail in the centre of the steps
- All carpeted, except the bar area, which have non-slip flooring
- All corridors on the ground floor are 5 feet in width, with no ramps or grab rails
Public areas - lounge & bar
- The lounge has comfortable chairs, tables and a fire place.
- The minimum main door width is 36 inches. The minimum back door width is 29 inches
- The lounge measures 5.8m by 5m
- Both the ladies and gents are situated on the ground floor. Gents accessed via 6 steps
- The door width to the ladies is 29 inches and the cubicle door width is 26 inches. Toilet seat height is 17 inches
- Main door to the gents is 32 inches wide and the cubicle door is 29 inches wide. The toilet seat height is 17 inches and the urinal height is 24 inches
- The carpeted dining room is on the ground floor with level access
- The door width is 35 inches
- It has 5 round tables (28 inches high), each seating up to 9 guests. The chairs (18 inches high) have soft fabric seats and wooden back rests
- All furniture is easily movable
- The breakfast / picnic room is off the dining room, accessed via 2 steps with a handrail to the right. Both steps are 7 inches deep
- Continental breakfast buffet with waitress service for cooked foods and hot drinks. Waitress service at dinner
- There are 14 acres of grounds and gardens. Excellent outdoor lighting
- Patio area with garden furniture and umbrellas. Level access to the patio
- There are another 4 bedrooms that are suitable for those with mobility issues
- All rooms are en-suite, most with shower
- 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
Did you know we're also running a 2016/2017 New Year Discovery Tour from Whitby?
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Sunday: Heartbeat Country & Whitby
Explore the charming village of Goathland, which for many years doubled as the fictional 'Aidensfield' in the TV series Heartbeat. After lunch at the Moors Centre at Danby, discover the quaint fishing village of Staithes - the former home of Captain Cook. Our journey through Whitby will provide a panoramic view of the busy harbour and abbey.
Monday: Castle Howard & Yorkshire Lavender
The magnificent 18th century Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and is widely regarded as one of England's finest historic houses. We will have plenty time to explore both the house and estate before travelling to Yorkshire Lavender. View the gardens, and enjoy some of the produce baked in cakes and scones in the tea room.
Tuesday: North York Moors & Steam Railway
Experience the beauty of the North York Moors with our visits to the picturesque villages of Rosedale Abbey, Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole. Delve in to the antique shops in Pickering before taking an optional ride on the North York Moors Steam Railway, the most popular heritage railway in Britain.
Wednesday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Spend more time discovering the charming and historic town of Whitby, right on your doorstep – perhaps a cruise along the coast, or some fish and chips for lunch?
Thursday: North Sea Coast
Explore the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, and learn about its history as a smugglers haven. Scarborough, a former spa town and one of England's most popular seaside resorts, is a fascinating town to explore, with links to the Civil War, Anne Bronte, the Pre-Raphaelites and Max Jaffa.
Friday: Helmsley & Rievaulx
Enjoy the picturesque market town of Helmsley. A stroll at Rievaulx Terrace (NT) will provide wonderful views down to Rievaulx Abbey (EH), one of the largest former Cistercian abbeys in England. Later we visit the abbey itself before ending the day at Great Ayton with its strong links to Captain Cook.
Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £80 for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price).
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND.
By train: The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is Whitby. However, you may find that the journey to 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).
By taxi: The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
By car: Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teeside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles from 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 with free parking.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
Alan decided to follow up his interest in local history by becoming a City Guide in Newcastle upon Tyne. After a further intensive training course Alan qualified to become a Blue Badge Guide for North East England, and enjoys showing visitors around the area.
As a member of the National Trust and English Heritage he is able to pursue his interest in historic buildings, castles and stately homes. Alan enjoys travelling both home and abroad, and is an ardent supporter of Newcastle United.
He loves the North Yorkshire Moors and Scotland (in particular Glen Coe) very well, having stayed in the areas on numerous occasions.
Marina is a freelance Blue Badge tourist guide based in Edinburgh, with Argyll having a special place in her heart. It was where her ancestors, the ‘Scotti’, first expanded their mighty Kingdom of Dalriada from Ireland into the British mainland. As a Scott, both in name and race, Marina can’t fail but to ‘walk with ghosts’ here. Marina has a good knowledge of history (particularly Scottish of course!), architecture, geology, flora and fauna, art, literature and current affairs.
Introduced to the Lake District as a child, when her grandparents moved there to live, Marina's grandfather, who had also been a tour guide, enthusiastically introduced her to his new home by driving around and mesmerising her with tales of the Vikings, Romans, historical characters or marauding Scots! We all know the magic of childhood holidays stays with you, Marina feels proud and privileged to continue the family ‘guiding’ tradition.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
13 Jul 2016, 9:02 a.m.
12 Jul 2016, 8:14 a.m.
Discovery tour was faultless lots of information and interesting places to visit. The per booked coffee stops in nice hotels was an added bonus.
Lovely peaceful place to stay with helpful staff and comfortable accommodation .
10 Sep 2015, 3:23 p.m.
It would have been helpful if I had been told the best route for rail travel sooner than 2 weeks before my holiday. It has to be booked at least 6 weeks before
There was no welcome on arrival or indication where the reception was and then the Manager did not come out of her office to help us book in. There was no-one to help carry luggage upstairs when necessary or tell us where our rooms were.
The programme was not the best I have been on. York would have been much more interesting than Scarborough where people could choose to go on their free day.
23 Jul 2015, 4:50 p.m.
Holiday not for me
changed from a guided walking holiday to a discovery with no walking at all misled on booking.
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to learn that you felt the holiday was not suitable for you.
Customer Relations Manager
23 Jul 2015, 11:45 a.m.
Larpool Hall staff was very good,food was great.Nice rooms.
The trip to Rievauix terrace and Rievauix Addey,if you went into both it would cost you over £11 00 pounds,you are they only about 2 hrs.
It would be better to have a local leader.
11 Jun 2015, 9:03 p.m.
Opportunities for young energetic guests and also the less mobile
I enjoyed Thorns Hall in Sedburgh - just a short walk from the small town
11 Jun 2015, 7:32 p.m.
Good variety to of holidays to pick from.
Well organized, informative. Good company.
21 May 2015, 8:30 a.m.
booking was extremely difficult both by e-mail and actually speaking to someone on the telephone. a lot of confusion. Once there, the hf leaders were very welcoming.
excellent leader, comfortable coach and a good mixture of visits.
20 May 2015, 6:11 a.m.
Booking service not good.
Holiday only confirmed three and a half weeks prior to departure.
Holiday not as well planned as usual.
Room gave access to fire escape and had a green light on all the time.
Food badly cooked.
Thank you for your comments.
I was disappointed to read that on this occasion you did not feel that the holiday experience was not up to our usual standards. I will be passing on your comments to our Leisure Activities Product Manager to take on board for future planning.
With regards to the problems encountered at the initial stage of your booking I would like to assure you that this is not our normal practice. We have had a new Reservations system in place this year and have been experiencing teething issues which we are trying to resolve as quickly as possible. Please accept my sincere apologies for the frustration this caused you.
I do hope we will be able to welcome you onto another holiday with HF in the future.
Customer Relations Manager
19 May 2015, 6:44 p.m.
very good in spite of the weather
leaders and staff always give good service.
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Dates & Prices
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|15 Jul 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||4||£505.00||£505.00||Book Now|
|15 Jul 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||7||£855.00||£805.00||Book Now|
|19 Jul 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||3||£365.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|6 Oct 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||3||£355.00||£355.00||Book Now|
|6 Oct 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||7||£805.00||£755.00||Book Now|
|9 Oct 2017||WYHCR - Discovery Tour - Whitby||4||£465.00||£465.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person