North York Moors Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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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.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the North York Moors - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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
Discover the North York Moors on Foot
Discover the beautiful contrasting landscapes of the North York Moors. We'll take you to the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, and also the magical inland moors where the sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
- We'll often end the day at a cosy pub or tearoom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Larpool Hall.
2019 New Walk - Smuggler's Coast
Available on: 2 Nov 2019, 9 Nov 2019
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. We will then continue atop the cliffs to the small harbour at Port Musgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay.
Don't miss: Discover the fascinating village of Staithes, and the area's connections to Captain James Cook.
Option 2: Staithes to Sandsend
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Staithes we follow the impressive cliff top section of the coast to Runswick Bay. Our walk continues along the Cleveland Way to Kettleness and Sandsend.
Don't miss: Look out for the once-thriving harbour at Port Musgrave, built in the 1850s to transport iron ore. You can see the remains of the 1 mile tunnel that connected the mine to the harbour.
Option 3: Boulby to Sandsend
Distance: 10½ miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Boulby we follow the coastal path all the way to Sandsend, taking in the quaint fishing village of Staithes, the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay, and the remote headland of Kettleness.
Don’t miss: As you approach Sandsend there's a glorious view along the 2½ mile long beach towards Whitby, with the ruins of Whitby Abbey prominent in the distance.
2019 New Walk - Heartbeat Country around Goathland
Available on: 3 Nov 2019, 10 Nov 2019
Option 1: Goathland & Grosmont
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Goathland we follow the Esk Valley through Beck Hole and on to Grosmont. Take a look around the impressive Engine Sheds at Grosmont station.
Don’t miss: Today's walks centre on the vilage of Goathland - made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat.
Option 2: Goathland Circuit
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Goathland, a gentle descent along the old railway track takes us to Beck Hole. Woodland and field paths will take us to Wheeldale Lodge from where we make our way to Goathland Church. A further loop heads across the railway line and onto the station.
Don’t miss: Look out for steam trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as they make their way through the magnificent scenery in the heart of the national park.
Option 3: Over the Moors to Goathland
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting above the Hole of Horcum we descend steeply into Newtondale, where we may see a steam train as we cross the railway. We continue on forest and moorland tracks to Simon Howe, before descending to Wheeldale and a section of the Roman Road. Our route continues to Goathland via Mallyan Spout and the incline of the old railway track.
Don’t miss: Discover the impressive Mallyan Spout hidden in a deep ravine below Goathland village.
2019 New Walk - Captain Cook Country
Available on: 5 Nov 2019, 12 Nov 2019
Option 1: Pinchinthorpe to Great Ayton
Distance: 5 miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: From the visitor centre in Pinchinthorpe we follow forest tracks through Hutton Lowcross Woods to Roseberry Common and on to the village of Great Ayton.
Don’t miss: Explore Great Ayton and learn about its famous son - Captain James Cook.
Option 2: 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 3: 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.
2019 New Walk - Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay
Available on: 6 Nov 2019, 13 Nov 2019
Option 1: Hawsker to Whitby
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: From the village of Hawsker, we head for the coastal path which we follow to Whitby. We'll pass the iconic ruins of the Abbey, before descending the steps to the harbour.
Don’t miss: The ruins of Whitby Abbey stand prominently on the headland above the harbour. Discover how this dramatic setting inspired Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula.
Option 2: Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the glorious coast path from Robin Hood's Bay back to Whitby. We'll round the headland then head towards the landmark of Whitby Abbey.
Don’t miss: The beach below Whitby's East Cliff is a good spot to look for fossils and jet. In the nearby shops you can see how craftsmen have carved this into jewellery and ornaments.
Option 3: Ravenscar to Whitby
Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)
Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
The walk in a nutshell: A glorious coastal walk starting high on the headland at Ravenscar. We'll initially head to Boggle Hole and the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, before rounding the headland and continuing along the coast to Whitby.
Don’t miss: We'll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour.
2019 New Walk - Dales of the Esk Way
Available on: 7 Nov 2019, 14 Nov 2019
Option 1: Castleton to Danby Lodge
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: From high on Castleton Rigg we descend and follow field paths to the pretty village of Ainsthorpe. From here, moorland paths lead us to Danby Castle, before crossing the Esk Valley railway to arrive at the Moors Centre.
Don’t miss: Danby Castle, home of Katherine Parr and the Moors Centre at Danby Lodge.
Option 2: Danby Rigg
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
The walk in a nutshell: From Castleton we make our way across the fields to Danby Rigg to reach Little Fryup Dale. We continue via Danby Crag before crossing the River Esk to the picturesque village of Houlsyke, and on to Danby Lodge and the Moors Centre.
Don’t miss: The Moors Centre has excellent interpretive displays about the national park, and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists.
Option 3: Atop the Moors
Distance: 10½ miles (17km)
Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the moors above the Esk Valley. From Castleton we will take in Westerdale Moor, Castleton Rigg with its seated man, and Danby Rigg.
Don’t miss: Look out for standing tones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg - evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.
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).
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|1 Nov 2019||WYSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Whitby||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||WYSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Whitby||3||£339.00||£299.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||WYSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Whitby||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||WYSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Whitby||3||£339.00||£299.00||Book Now|
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