Railway Walks at Whitby

North York Moors

Code: WYRWW

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • History

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays
  • Enjoy riding on the North York Moors heritage railway
  • Take in the stunning North York Moors scenery and the history of its railways on a fantastic selection of walks
  • Explore the charmingly preserved stations of Grosmont and Goathland. You may recognise Goathland station – it was used as Hogwarts station in the Harry Potter films
  • Share Nick’s enthusiasm and local knowledge of the railways of this beautiful area

Holiday highlights

Scenic walks accessed by stunning railway journeys, including the North Yorkshire Moors railway. The programme has been devised by the leader of your holiday, Nick, who is a volunteer on the North York Moors Railway, and a qualified signalman!

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Great walking: in the company of an experienced leader
  • Accommodation: our Country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying room for your boots and kit, and comfortable en-suite rooms 

Accommodation

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 4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationwalking and leisure activity holidays.  

We also have a lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, ideal for families or groups of friends.

Bedrooms

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.

For more information, contact our friendly Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
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Facilities

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.

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Food

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.

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Evening

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.

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Accessibility

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 

Public WCs

  • 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 

Dining room

  • 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 

Outdoor facilities

  • There are 14 acres of grounds and gardens. Excellent outdoor lighting
  • Patio area with garden furniture and umbrellas. Level access to the patio 

Bedrooms 

  • There are another 4 bedrooms that are suitable for those with mobility issues
  • All rooms are en-suite, most with shower 

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

Holiday itinerary

The programme may be subject to change according to 2016 timetables.

Day One: Arrival day

Day Two: The Esk Valley

Discover a fantastic section of the Esk Valley Walk. Starting from our Country House at Larpool Hall, we take a short walk to catch the train at Ruswarp station, taking the Northern Rail service to Glaisdale, where we join the Esk Valley Walk. Our walk passes Egton Manor at Egton Bridge, the steam train enthusiast's village of Grosmont and the village of Sleights, before crossing the Esk and making our way back to Ruswarp, and Larpool Hall. 10 miles (16kms) with 1,000ft (320m) of ascent.

Day Three: Grosmont to Goathland Circuit

We walk down to Ruswarp again and catch the Northern Rail service to Grosmont, one of the key stations on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. From here we take footpaths past the station and its workshops and head over the moor to Goathland, the next station on the North York Moors Railway. After time to explore the village and its station, we walk back to Grosmont by a different route, using part of the old route of the railway. Once we get back to Grosmont we’ll take the North York Moors Railway service into Whitby, and then walk back up to Larpool Hall. 7 miles (11kms) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.

The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in your holiday price.

Local area

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!

Whitby 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. 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

Staithes            
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

Castle 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. www.castlehoward.co.uk

York
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

Travel

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

Leaders

Nick Andrews

Nick has been a mountain leader for HF Holidays since 2003. He has led numerous walking holidays in the UK, as well as in continental Europe and as far as North America and Sri Lanka. He is also now an assessor of potential new leaders for HF Holidays. In his career Nick was involved with a large financial services organisation, undertaking various roles during his time there. Latterly he was involved in programme management for the bank’s new business banking division. Since leaving this he has dabbled in a bit of consultancy, but is trying to do less. He has a number of diverse interests, and has had a lifelong interest in railways. He is also a volunteer signalman on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. When not leading for HF Holidays or spending time at the North York Moors Railway he enjoys time outdoors, walking and cycling.

Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Twin/double premium rooms: £5 per person per night
  • Single rooms: £8 per night
  • Non member associate fee: £5 per person