Outdoor Escapes at Whitby
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Hills & moorland
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.
Our Outdoor Escapes are an ideal way to end the working week. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with people on the same wavelength as you.
During the day you can enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks, a great way to explore the great British countryside - take it easy on our easier walks, or relish the challenge of our longer routes. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a local wildlife ranger.
Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby will welcome you with its handsome harbour and medieval streets. Our Outdoor Escapes 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 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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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 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.
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
Discover the North York Moors on Foot
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.
Smugglers’ Coast along the Cleveland Way
Available on: 12 May 2018
Option 1: Boulby to Runswick Bay
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 quaint Staithes where we meet members of the local RNLI down at the lifeboat station. After time to explore we'll continue atop the cliffs to the small harbour at Port Musgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay.
Don’t miss: Take time to discover the fascinating fishing village of Staithes, and the area's connections to Captain James Cook.
Option 2: Skinningrove to Runswick Bay
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous coastal walk starts with a steady ascent from the mining village of Skinningrove to the top of Boulby Cliff. After time to visit Staithes, and visit the lifeboat station, there's a great final cliff-top section to Runswick Bay.
Don’t miss: Boulby Cliff rises to 666 feet, making it the highest point on Britain's east coast. Enjoy the glorious view of our walk stretched out ahead.
Option 3: Saltburn to Runswick Bay
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 Yorkshire 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: Our walk starts from the charming Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, complete with its pier and vintage cliff railway.
Deep into The North York Moors – Helmsley & Hutton le Hole
Available on: 13 May 2018
Option 1: Rievaulx & Helmsley
Distance: 4 miles (6km)
Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey – before a short walk along the Cleveland Way takes us to the pretty market town of Helmsley, where we've plenty of time to explore. Maybe visit its castle, walled garden, Duncombe Park or Bird of Prey Centre.
Don’t miss: Exploring the many independent craft shops and tasty food stops in Helmsley.
Option 2: Rievaulx & Hutton le Hole
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk across the hillsides of the green valley of Rosedale as we walk between the villages of Rosedale Abbey to Lastingham. We'll then continue for a further couple of miles to charming Hutton-le-Hole.
Don’t miss: Our walk finishes in the picture-postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole. There's time to visit the Ryedale Folk Museum which tells the story of 4,000 years of rural life.
Option 3: Cleveland Way to Helmsley
Distance: 17 miles (27.5km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: Looking for a challenge? This superb inland section of the Cleveland Way showcases the contrasts of North York Moors scenery. From near Osmotherley we stride out and step up the pace until we reach the pretty market town of Helmsley, where there's plenty of watering holes where we can enjoy a well deserved pint!
Don’t miss: The huge sense of achievement and smugness as you complete your challenge and celebrate with a pint in the Feathers.
Captain Cook Country
Available on: 15 May 2018
Option 1: Captain Cook's Monument
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; we then descend 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 the village of Great Ayton. There may be time to visit the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum at the end of the walk
Option 2: Roseberry Topping
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the escarpment of the North York Moors. Our route ascends from near Guisborough to the summit of Roseberry Topping, then continues to the equally impressive viewpoint at Captain Cook's Monument and Great Ayton.
Don’t miss: The distinctively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping - the Yorkshire Matterhorn - dominates the local skyline.
Option 3: Cleveland Way Circuit
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 Teesside and the surrounding countryside; a great contrast of natural and man-made landscapes.
Moorland Walks to Pickering
Available on: 16 May 2018
Option 1: Newtondale
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. We then catch a steam train to the market town of Pickering.
Don’t miss: Explore Pickering at the end of the walk. Perhaps visit the fascinating 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
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 large ice age.
Option 3: The Bridestones
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 head to Lockton and follow the railway to Pickering.
Don’t miss: Look out for steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This is Britain's busiest heritage railway which meanders its way through the stunning scenery on its way to Whitby.
Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast
Available on: 17 May 2018
Option 1: Beast Cliff to Robin Hood's Bay
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.
Don’t miss: Our walk ends at the quaint fishing village of 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
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
Distance: 18 miles (28½ km)
Total ascent: 3,650 feet (1,120m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic leg stretcher for the long distance walker or someone 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: Discover 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.
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).
Dates & Prices
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