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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : February to November (except October)
Start: Larpool Hall, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England
End: Larpool Hall, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England
North York Moors Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at Larpool Hall, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Brimming with coastal charm, Whitby welcomes you with its handsome harbour and medieval streets. Our Guided Walking 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.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the North York Moors
  • Explore windswept headlands and smugglers haunts of the Yorkshire coast
  • Marvel at the magical inland moors where sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Moors history 
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas

Pick Up Location & TIme

Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Larpool Hall
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Whitby)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
North York Moors Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (D)

Day 2May Beck and Little Beck

Option 1 – Falling Foss to Whitby
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Ascent: 850 feet (260m)
In summary: From Falling Foss waterfall in its delightful woodland setting we walk along Little Beck to Ruswarp and join the River Esk which we follow back to Larpool Hall.
Highlight: Our walk ends by crossing the Larpool viaduct, a 13-arch brick structure built in 1884 to carry the now-closed Whitby to Scarborough railway over the River Esk.

Option 2 – May Beck to Whitby
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
In summary: After a short section on moorland we descend to follow May Beck & Little Beck past beautiful waterfalls and through woodland to the River Esk, then make our way to Larpool Hall.
Highlight: Look out for steam trains on the North York Moors Railway beside the River Esk.

Option 3 – Sneaton Corner to Whitby
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: We walk across heather moorland before descending through woodland & farmland to follow May Beck & Little Beck to the River Esk on our way back to Larpool Hall
Highlight: We pass Bronze Age relics on the moorland before looking and listening for wildlife in the coniferous and deciduous woodlands.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3Along the Smuggler's Coast

Option 1 – Runswick Bay to Sandsend
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)
In Summary: Enjoy a glorious section of the Yorkshire coast between Runswick Bay and Sandsend. We start along the beach, then ascend onto the cliff-top path which takes us around the headland at Kettleness and on to Sandsend.
Highlight: There’s time to explore Staithes before rejoining the coach to start our walk at Runswick Bay. Staithes is a timeless fishing village with cobbled streets and historic buildings.

Option 2 – Staithes to Sandsend
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary: After exploring the village of Staithes, we’ll head along the cliff tops, passing Port Mulgrave on our way to the quaint village of Runswick Bay. Our coastal walk continues along the Cleveland Way to Kettleness and Sandsend.
Highlight: 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: 12 miles (19.5km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In Summary: Our walk starts on top of the towering Boulby Cliffs. 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 at Kettleness.
Highlight: As you approach Sandsend there’s a glorious view along the 2½ mile long beach towards Whitby, with the ruins of Whitby Abbey prominant in the distance.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Captain Cook Country

Option 1 – Captain Cook’s Monument
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: The distinctively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping – the Yorkshire Matterhorn – dominates the local skyline.

Option 3 – Cleveland Way Circuit
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Soak up the sweeping panorama over Teesside and the surrounding countryside; a great contrast of natural and man-made landscapes.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Cleveland Way and Ravenscar Coast

Option 1 – Beast Cliff to Robin Hood’s Bay
Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Our walk ends at the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay where you can explore the narrrow cobbled streets, or relax in one of the pubs or teashops.

Option 2 – Hayburn Wyke to Robin Hood’s Bay
Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: The fascinating historic remains of the old Alum works below Ravenscar.

Option 3 – Cloughton to Robin Hood’s Bay
Distance: 10 miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
In Summary: A fantastic longer coastal walk from Cloughton to Robin Hood’s Bay. Enjoy far-ranging sea views throughout the day as we make our way along this superb stretch of coastline.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Moorland walks to Pickering

Option 1 – Newtondale
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 550 feet (160m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.
*Steam train subject to availability, if not running an alternative walk may be offered.

Option 2 – Hole of Horcum
Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)
Ascent: 950 feet (280m)
In Summary: 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 vallley into Pickering.
Highlight: The Hole of Horcum is a huge natural ampitheatre carved into the moors at the end of the last ice age.

Option 3 – The Bridestones
Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Version 2 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (D)

Day 2Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby

Option 1 – Hawsker to Whitby
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (300m)
In Summary: After time exploring Robin Hood’s Bay, our coach takes us to the village of Hawsker. A track from here joins the coastal path which we follow to Whitby. We’ll pass the iconic ruins of the Abbey, before descending the steps to the harbour.
Highlight: The ruins of Whitby Abbey stand prominantly 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)
Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
In Summary: Follow the glorious coast path from Robin Hood’s Bay back to Whitby. We’ll round the first headland then head towards the landmark of Whitby Abbey.
Highlight: 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 (18.5km)
Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: We’ll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3Dales of the Esk Way

Option 1 – Castleton Rigg & Eskdale
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 550 feet (180m)
In Summary: Starting high on Castleton Rigg, we then descend along the Rigg, following field and moorland paths to visit Danby Castle, home of Katherine Parr, before crossing the Esk Valley railway to arrive at the Moors Centre.
Highlight: The Moors Centre has excellent interpretive displays about the national park, and a rolling programme of exhibitions by local artists.

Option 2 – Danby Rigg
Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)
Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In Summary: From Castleton we make our way across fields and Danby Rigg to reach Little Fryup Dale. We continue via Danby Crag before crossing the River Esk to the pretty village of Houlsyke. After a short, sharp ascent you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Esk Valley before descending to The Moors Centre.
Highlight: Look out for the standing stones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg – evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

Option 3 – Atop the Moors
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
In Summary: Explore the moors above the Esk Valley. Starting from Castleton we take in three hills: Westerdale Moor, Castleton Rigg and Danby Rigg punctuated by tranquil green valleys.
Highlight: Enjoy sweeping views from the top of the moors over the national park, and down the Esk Valley towards Whitby.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Heartbeat Country around Goathland

Option 1 – Goathland & Grosmont Circuit
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (280m)
In Summary: Walk from Goathland, heading along Mill Scar and the edge of Goathland moor before descending down the valley to the neighbouring village of Grosmont. Our return route follows the old railway trail between the two villages.
Highlight: Today’s walks centre on the village of Goathland – made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat. You may also recognise Goathland station from its role in the Harry Potter films.

Option 2 – Goathland Circuit
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (320m)
In Summary: 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 across a lovely moorland path to Goathland church. A further loop heads across the railway line and on to the station.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Discover the impressive Mallyan Spout, hidden in a deep wooded ravine below Goathland village.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Smuggler's Coast along the Cleveland Way

Option 1 – Boulby to Runswick Bay
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Ascent: 900 feet (280m)
In Summary: Follow the Cleveland Way along the coast from Boulby cliff to quaint Staithes. After time to explore we’ll continue atop the cliffs to the small harbour at Port Musgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)
In Summary: 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 there’s a great final cliff-top section to Runswick Bay.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Our walk starts from the charming Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, complete with its pier and vintage cliff railway.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Deep into the North York Moors

Option 1 – Rosedale & Lastingham
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In Summary: Traverse 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.
Highlight: 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 2 – Farndale
Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)
Ascent: 700 feet (200m)
In Summary: Starting from high up on Moors at Blakey Ridge, we’ll descend through acres of purple heather into the valley of Farndale. Our route then follows the River Dove along this tranquil valley to Hutton-le-Hole.
Highlight: Its hard to believe that this tranquil scene was once a thriving centre for mining high-grade iron ore. You’ll see occasional remnants of this industrial heritage, and follow part of the old railway that carried the ore to Teesside.

Option 3 – Rosedale’s Railway
Distance: 13 miles (20.5km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
In Summary: Explore the beautiful moors in the heart of the national park. Our walk contours around the head of Rosedale and along the track-bed of the old mineral railway to Rosedale Abbey. After ascending Bank Top and Ana Cross we continue on the grouse moors to Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole.
Highlight: Look out for Ana Cross – one of 30 crosses dating to the Middle Ages that once guided travellers across the moors.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Version 3 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (D)

Day 2Smuggler's Coast

Option 1 – Boulby to Runswick Bay
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Ascent: 900 feet (280m)
In Summary: 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 Mulgrave and the sweeping arc of Runswick Bay.
Highlight: Discover the fascinating village of Staithes, and the area’s connections to Captain James Cook.

Option 2 – Staithes to Sandsend
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight Look out for the once-thriving harbour at Port Mulgrave, 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)
Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3Heartbeat Country around Goathland

Option 1 – Goathland & Grosmont
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (280m)
In Summary: Walk from Goathland, heading along Mill Scar and the edge of Goathland moor before descending down the valley to the neighbouring village of Grosmont. Our return route follows the old railway trail between the two villages.
Highlight: Today’s walks centre on the village of Goathland – made famous as the setting for the TV series Heartbeat. You may also recognise Goathland station from its role in the Harry Potter films.

Option 2 – Goathland Circuit
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (320m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Discover the impressive Mallyan Spout hidden in a deep ravine below Goathland village.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Captain Cook Country

Option 1 – Captain Cook’s Monument
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: The distictively shaped summit of Roseberry Topping – the Yorkshire Matterhorn – dominates the local skyline.

Option 3 – Cleveland Way Circuit
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In Summary: From Great Ayton ascend past Cliff Rigg quarry through mixed woodland to reach the summit of Roseberry Topping, then continue along the Cleveland Way to visit Captain Cook’s Monument before returning to Great Ayton.
Highlight: Soak up the sweeping panorama over Teesside and the surrounding countryside; a great contrast of natural and man-made landscapes.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay

Option 1 – Hawsker to Whitby
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Ascent: 950 feet (300m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (18.5km)
Ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: We’ll descend the famous 199 steps from Whitby Abbey and enjoy the classic view over the bustling harbour.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Dales of the Esk Way

Option 1 – Castleton to Danby Lodge
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 700 feet (200m)
In Summary: From high on Castleton Rigg we descend and follow field paths to the pretty village of Ainthorpe. From here, moorland paths lead us to Danby Castle, before crossing the Esk Valley railway to arrive at the Moors Centre.
Highlight: Danby Castle, home of Katherine Parr and the Moors Centre at Danby Lodge.

Option 2 – Danby Rigg
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Look out for the standing stones, cairns and long barrows on Danby Rigg – evidence of human settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

Option 3 – Atop the Moors
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary Explore the moors above the Esk Valley. From Castleton we will take in Westerdale Moor, Castleton Rigg punctuated by tranquil green valleys, we then follow Danby Dale back to the Moors Centre.
Highlight: Enjoy sweeping views from the top of the moors over the national park, and down the Esk Valley towards Whitby.

Accommodation: Larpool Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Version 1
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 9 $2,000 $2,280
2021: May 22 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 3 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 18 $2,170 $2,450
Version 2
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2 $2,000 $2,280
2021: June 5, 26 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 10, 31 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 28 $2,170 $2,450
Version 3
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: February 26 $1,840 $2,120
2021: March 12, 19 $1,840 $2,120

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

This tour is also available in 3, 4, 5 or 6 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. 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.

Travel Details:
Address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND

By Rail:
The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, However, you may find that travelling to Scarborough station is more convenient.

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. Please note these are 2019 prices relevant to a 4-seat taxi and should only be taken as a guide. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Abbey Taxis, our current recommended taxi company, can confirm prices on booking. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Abbey Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 1947 601212
Email: whitbytaxis2012@gmail.com
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.
*Abbey Taxis is not owned or managed by us.

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.

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  arrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A free car park is available in the grounds.

Hotel Descriptions
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Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a large amount of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.

Address: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, where contemporary design touches complement the original architecture and features. With 29 bedrooms, Larpool Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Choose the very spacious Room 15 on the ground floor for its lemon and grey styling, super-comfy sofa in front of a large fireplace and views across the Esk Valley. Climb to Room 2 on the first floor for similarly expansive vistas from the front of the house, or settle in under the eaves and exposed beams of beautiful Room 30 on the second floor of the house.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the tight and twisty streets of Whitby or the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax outside in the pretty courtyard or stroll the 14 acres of grounds and gardens with their manicured lawns and mature trees. Grab a well-thumbed copy of Dracula and hole up in the lounge, or join fellow guests in the large ballroom with its comfy seating and central dance floor to discuss your own adventures. The small, sociable bar provides another great space in which to relax.

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