North York Moors Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Exhilarating weekends and active breaks - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose


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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £325.00 - 3 to 6 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

Get away from work for a long weekend’s walking (or stay for the week) and be surprised!

  • By the range of walks, from a short stroll along one of the most spectacular sections of the Cleveland Way to an exploration of the Hole of Horcum, a natural amphitheatre carved into the moors or a leg-stretcher that works its way through Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby, where you’ll kick back with a well-deserved pint of Whitby Whaler from the brewery across from the Abbey.
  • By how much you can do in a weekend when your guides know their stuff, from a steam train ride to the market town of Pickering, a trip to the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum and a chat with the members of the local RNLI in Staithes.
  • By the camaraderie and craic that comes from making discoveries and having adventures in a small group of like-minded people.

Moment of the weekend

When you realise what stalked the shores of Robin Hood’s Bay before you while fossil hunting with an expert. Let us bring the Jurassic to life. We’ll introduce you to a local fossil hunter who will take you through this treasure trove of natural history and show you how to distinguish one rock from another and how to seek out an ammonite or two among the ancient rocks of the Yorkshire coast. There’s a visceral thrill to finding a nodule and splitting it open to reveal a perfect specimen, to being the first to find a treasure that could be millions of years old. If you’re very lucky, you might even find a piece of semi-precious jet along the high-tide mark, formed under compression from the sap of Jurassic era Monkey Puzzle trees.

In pictures...


Whitby with awards

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.


Whitby Good Accom Promo'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

Whitby Better Accom Promo'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Whitby Best Accom Promo'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

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

  • 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


An example of Whitby chocolate fudge cake an option for dessertAll 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

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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

More details on Whitby accessibility

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


Experience the very best of the North York Moors on our walks. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

For those of you booking the 6 night itinerary, there's a free day in the middle of your holiday - a chance to explore independently (see our "local area" tab for ideas), to kick back and relax, or to stretch your legs again with one of our self-guided walks.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Outdoor Escapes at Whitby - 3 night weekend break

Available on: 27 Jul 2019, 28 Sep 2019

Larpool Hall exteriorDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Larpool Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll to the Larpool Viaduct to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.


Day 2: Smugglers Coast & the Cleveland Way

Discover the beautiful Cleveland Coast, on walks that take in the quaint fishing village of Staithes, and finish at Runswick Bay.

Option 1: Boulby to Runswick Bay

Enjoy Boulby to Runswick Bay on an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Cleveland Way along the coast from Boulby cliff to Staithes and chat with members of the local RNLI down at the local lifeboat station. It's then along the cliffs to Port Musgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay.

Don’t miss: time to discover the fascinating fishing village of Staithes, and its Captain Cook connections.

Option 2: Skinningrove to Runswick Bay

The small fishing village of Runswick Bay

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic coastal walk starting from Skinningrove and heading to Boulby Cliff. Time to explore Staithes, and visit the lifeboat station, before a fantastic cliff-top finale to Runswick Bay.

Don’t miss: Boulby Cliff rises to 666 feet - the highest point on Britain's east coast. Enjoy cracking views of our walk ahead.

Option 3: Saltburn to Runswick Bay

View along the coast from Boulby Cliff

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy sweeping sea views as we follow the cliff-top path along the coast from Saltburn to Runswick Bay. Our walk takes us over Boulby Cliff to Staithes, then on past Port Mulgrave to Runswick Bay.

Don’t miss: Why not celebrate with a cuppa and cake on the beach at the end of the walk in Runswick Bay.


Day 3: Steam Trail Trails

Head into the heart of the North York Moors, with steam trains on the North York Moors Railway never far away.

Option 1: Newtondale

Enjoy Newtondale on an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the heather-clad moors from Saltersgate to Levisham in the Newtondale valley, then step back in time with a steam train ride to the market town of Pickering.

Don’t miss: Time to explore Pickering - visit Beck Isle Museum, the town's medieval castle, or Pickering Church, home to Britain's most complete set of medieval wall paintings.

Option 2: Hole of Horcum

North York Moors

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head into the centre of the North York Moors for this walk which descends into the Hole of Horcum. Our route continues to the village of Levisham, then along the valley into Pickering.

Don’t miss: The Hole of Horcum is a huge natural ampitheatre carved into the moors at the end of the ice age.

Option 3: The Bridestones

Walkers North York Moors

Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the North York Moors to the ancient Malo Cross and the sandstone outcrop of the Bridestones. We then stride out to Lockton and follow the steam railway to Pickering.

Don’t miss: Look out for steam trains. This is Britain's busiest heritage railway, meandering its way through stunning scenery all the way to Whitby.


Day 4: Departure Day & Local Walks

Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk into Whitby.

Option 1: Whitby

Abbey steps at WhitbyDistance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (130m)

The walk in a nutshell: A morning walk that head's to the coast and the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey and the town's bustling harbour. 

Don’t miss: There's always plenty to see and do in Whitby; perhaps enjoy lunch in one of the pubs, or sample the famous fish & chips before your journey home.

Outdoor Escapes at Whitby - 3 night midweek break

Available on: 1 Oct 2019

Larpool Hall exteriorDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Larpool Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll to the Larpool Viaduct to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.


Day 2: Captain Cook Country

Select from a choice of 3 guided walks that head west to walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook.

Option 1: Captain Cook's Monument

Peregrine Falcon

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Cleveland Way to the magnificent viewpoint at Captain James Cook’s monument; it's then downhill to the foot of Roseberry Topping and on to the village of Great Ayton.

Don’t miss: Walk in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who grew up in Great Ayton. Time to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum at the end of the walk, or to kick back and relax in the pub.

Option 2: Climb the "Matterhorn"!

Enjoy Roseberry Topping on an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our route heads up onto the escarpment from near Guisborough, to the summit of Roseberry Topping, then on to the equally impressive viewpoint at Captain Cook's Monument.

Don’t miss: The distinctive summit of Roseberry Topping - the Yorkshire Matterhorn. Just tell your mates that you climbed the Matterhorn!

Option 3: Cleveland Way leg stretcher

Enjoy the Cleveland Way Circuit on an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Great Ayton, taking in Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument. For part of the day our route follows the Cleveland Way along the Moors escarpment.

Don’t miss: Soak up the sweeping panorama over the surrounding countryside, and enjoy a walk well worthy of a pint at the end of the day.

Day 3: Cleveland Way & Robin Hood's Bay

Select from a choice of 3 guided walks that explore the stunning coastline to the south of Whitby.

Option 1: Beast Cliff to Robin Hood's Bay

Spot the local wildlife on the Beast Cliff to Robin Hood's Bay during an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover one of the most spectacular sections of the Cleveland Way, to Ravenscar. Following the sweep of the coastline, either along the seashore or along the cliff-top, we'll head for the charming fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends at Robin Hood's Bay where you can explore the narrow cobbled streets, or relax in one of the pubs or teashops. We've an expert waiting there too, to give you a shot at fossil hunting.

Option 2: Hayburn Wyke to Robin Hood's Bay

Enjoy Cloughton to Robin Hood's Bay on an Outdoor Escape at Whitby

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.                                          

Don’t miss: The fascinating historic remains of the old Alum works below Ravenscar, and the chance to learn some fossil hunting skills along the beach at Robin Hood's Bay.

Option 3: Cleveland Way to Whitby 

Whitby Abbey

Distance: 18 miles (28½ km)

Total ascent: 3,650 feet (1,120m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic leg stretcher for any of you looking for a challenge. The route takes in a superb coastal section of the Cleveland Way, passing through honeypot Robin Hood’s Bay and descending into Whitby following in Dracula’s footsteps.                      

Don’t miss: the chance to celebrate one heck of a walk - round off the day in Whitby with a well deserved pint of Whitby Whaler, from the brewery across from the Abbey.

Day 4: Departure Day

Time to head home. If you've still time or energy to explore further then why not borrow one of our self-guided route cards from our Discovery Point, and enjoy a further walk independently.


Local area

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!

Ruined stone walls of Whitby AbbeyWhitby Abbey               
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.



Old houses and harbour at StaithesStaithes            
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.



Steam train in the North York MoorsNorth 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.

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.

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.

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.

Fountain and extrerior of Castle Howard houseCastle Howard
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.


Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
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. or



Travel to Whitby

Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND

How to get to us by train

By train:

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 or phone 03457 48 49 50.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.


By bus:

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 for bus times.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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 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 for train times.

From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
27 Jul 2019 WYBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Whitby 3 £375.00 £360.00 Save £15 Per Person Book Now
28 Sep 2019 WYBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Whitby 3 £365.00 £325.00 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
28 Sep 2019 WYBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Whitby 6 £679.00 £579.00 6 night special - Save £100 per person Book Now
1 Oct 2019 WYBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Whitby 3 £365.00 £325.00 Save £40 Per Person Book Now

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