Railway Rambles with a Sketchbook in the North York Moors
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Hills & moorland
Join a local artist for a creative journey that celebrates the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. We will travel by train (where feasible) to the start of our rambles and enjoy sketching and painting the people, structures, steam trains and stations of the railway. The changing light and atmospheric conditions make it a unique and fascinating setting for artists of all abilities. We’ll walk up to 4 miles (6.5km) each day.
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Soak up the atmosphere and inspiration of the steam railway
- Sketch characterful train stations including Goathland and Grosmont
- Enjoy short rambles as you sketch and paint the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, transport for rambles and tuition from our expert leader
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
- Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment
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.
Monday: 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.
Tuesday: The Ruswarp Round Walk
Today we'll walk from Larpool Hall following a well-marked footpath route to Whitby via the village of Ruswarp, starting off along the Whitby to Scarborough cinder track which once carried a railway-line link between the two seaside towns. The footpath to Ruswarp continues along a well preserved stone ‘Trod’ to the small railway station in the village, adjacent to the River Esk, and then traverses between the Whitby to Middlesbrough main railway line [that also supports the North Yorkshire Moors steam train line to Pickering] and the River Esk estuary, passing under the majestic arches of the Victorian railway viaduct. There will be ample time for sketching railway line subject matter as well as views of the surrounding countryside and the port of Whitby.
Wednesday: Goathland Village
Today we drive to Whitby Railway station where we'll board a steam train for the journey to Goathland where Dave, our leader, will be on hand to give instruction and advice on sketching the ornate station buildings, railway rolling stock and trains and possibly railway personnel. There will be ample time for a short, guided circular ramble around this picturesque village, taking in a variety of views of the village cottages, the moors and further aspects of the railway line. We return to Whitby via steam train from Goathland.
Thursday: Goathland Village to Grosmont Village
We return to Whitby Railway station where we'll board a steam train for the journey to Goathland once again. We start today’s walk from the station and follow the footpath that traces the ancient railway track that links Goathland to Grosmont along the route of George Stephenson's original railway line of 1836, which began with the use of horse-drawn carriages. Once in Grosmont there will be time to visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’ working engine sheds, where the steam and diesel locomotives are maintained and restored. As well as the engine sheds, the delightful station and level crossing provide good subject matter for sketching. At Grosmont we board our steam train for the return journey to Whitby.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
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.
What to bring
- A4 and A5 size sketchbooks (with paper ideally 150 gsm weight)
- Pencils - 2B, 4B pencils + water-soluble graphite pencil
- Eraser/putty rubber
- Craft blade / Stanley knife for sharpening pencils
- Pens (nylon-tipped) or nib pen with waterproof ink
- Bull Dog clip or large elastic bands
- Other lightweight materials e.g. colour pencils, watercolours and brushes
- Small rucksack or shoulder bag
- A light folding chair/stool, alternatively a cushion, garden kneeler or plastic seat pad
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).
Dave is an established artist living in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Dave creates paintings in his home studio using a variety of mediums including water colour, acrylic and oil. His landscape paintings are developed from preliminary paintings and sketches produced on location. Other work includes abstract paintings, illustrations and cartoons. Dave teaches basic and more advanced techniques in drawing and painting to adults, including drawing the human form.
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person