North York Moors Discovery Tour
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Hills & moorland
The spectacular North Yorkshire coast combines wide, sweeping bays like Robin Hood’s Bay and the high cliffs of Kettleness and Runswick Bay to form a dramatic vista.
Visit the picturesque villages of Goathland and quaint Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep roam
freely around the village green, and take a trip to the bustling market town of Pickering. Stroll through the purple fields at Yorkshire Lavender and enjoy the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rievaulx Abbey in the Rye Valley.
- Spectacular North Yorkshire coast with wide sweeping bays like Robin Hood’s Bay, contrasting with the high cliffs of Kettleness and Runswick Bay
- Picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole where sheep roam freely around the village green, and with a fascinating folk museum
- Famous village of Goathland – Heartbeat Country
- Bustling little market town of Pickering, with its castle and medieval church wall paintings
- Rievaulx Abbey looming out of the depths of the Rye Valley
- Optional short strolls of up to 1½ miles
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
- Admission cost for the North York Moors railway from Pickering to Grosmont
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
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
|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.
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.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
- 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
During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included, apart from the North York Moors Railway; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £10 per day for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.
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.
* In July 2019 the free day is on day 5 (Wednesday), rather than day 4.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
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.
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 extensive grounds before travelling to Yorkshire Lavender - a family-run lavender farm.
Explore the beautiful and award-winning lavender gardens with their sweeping views over the Vale of York. You can also enjoy a range of goodies including lavender scones, lavender cake and lavender ice-cream in the farm's tea room.
7-night holiday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
4-night holiday: Arrival day
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
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.
Robin Hood's Bay & Scarborough
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.
Helmsley and Rievaulx Terrace & Abbey
We'll start the day by visiting the picturesque market town of Helmsley. You can visit its ruined medieval castle and the well-kept walled gardens nearby.
Next, we'll move on to Rievaulx Terrace (NT), one of Yorkshire's finest 18th Century landscape gardens. The gardens are home to two temples - the Tuscan and Ionic. Stroll through the woods and out on to the grassy terrace for wonderful views down to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey (EH). This was once one of the largest Cistercian abbeys in England; we will visit it to see its ruined walls up close.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
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, However, you may find that travelling to Scarborough station is more convenient. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per 4 seat taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30 per 4 seat taxi. 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. Towards the top of the hill take the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A free 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).
Alan decided to pursue 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.
Alan was very knowledgeable about the area and the various places we visited. An excellent leader who very much added to the enjoyment of the holiday.
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