If you like walking, and I mean REALLY like walking, then an HF Holiday at Whitby at Larpool Hall is a fantastic option.
This is a 'hard core' walking holiday for families, many of whom have been before. We were there in June 2010.
This was no ordinary hiking holiday, there were ten other families and loads of kids our daughter’s age which was lovely to see. This one was based in Whitby in the North Yorkshire Moors. We opted for this area as Captain James Cook (heard of him?!) did his apprenticeship and grew up in the area and so we learned a lot about his past and it really brought history alive for us.
Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ was also inspired and partly set here so they run night tours for the Goth followers armed with garlic! Whitby Abbey, founded in 657 AD, sits high on a hill overlooking the harbour and can be reached via 199 steps, which adds to its eerie & romantic beauty. One day we hiked to the tiny village of Goathland – ‘Aidensfield’ to those who followed the ‘Heartbeat’ series, where they still have the shops and old cars used in the show. It was all so picturesque and memorable!
The kids (one as young as 6!) hiked up to 14km a day and actually enjoyed it (not that they’d admit it!) as they took in the scenery and ate heaps whilst not really realising how far they were walking. They had such a great time together; no TV, no computers, just fresh air and good sleep – eventually!
We met some lovely people during the adults’ 20km a day hikes who book these trips annually and now we have found them we will book again from Oz. (Check out hfholidays.co.uk). They have 17 properties around Britain and each hotel is a rambling old house (including two National Trust homes) located in areas with beautiful scenery and history. They have a huge variety of walking, cycling tours and other weeks of painting, photography or yoga etc.
Larpool Hall has one or two rooms with their own bathrooms so book these if you can for a small premium! It is a communal experience so share with the other famiiles and you will have a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Larpool Hall is an elegant Georgian mansion with splendid views over the Esk Valley and towards the sea at Whitby, about 1 1/2 miles away. The imposing grandeur of the building is complemented by its excellent modern facilities, including a large lounge and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Larpool Hall Hotel Whitby