North York Moors & Whitby Walking Weekend
Join us for our Whitby Walking weekend with two days of guided walking in the North York Moors, North Yorkshire, as we explore the Hole of Horcum, a fine scenic walk, on the North York moors with the incredibly popular steam railway line running through the valley below, plus a day’s walk on the Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby coastal path. Quite simply, a weekend of wonderful walks.
There may also be an opportunity on Saturday’s walk to take a journey on the North York Moors railway.
- Walking on the North York Moors
- Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby coastal walk
- Picturesque scenery
- N.Y.M steam railway
- Wainwright coastal walk
Accommodation for this tour is not included. For accommodation information and all essential tour information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm in Whitby town centre. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 – Dalby Forest Bridestones & NY Moors 9.5 miles (15.2km), with 1305 ft (398m) of ascent
A 20 minute scenic minibus journey from Whitby will take us to the start of todays walk this morning, to just outside the market town of Pickering, for a guided walk taking in impressive Bridestones in Dalby Forest and the heather moorland overlooking the Hole of Horcum on the moors of North Yorkshire. A guided walk with lots of features and a great place to see the popular North York Moors steam railway travelling through the valley.
There may also be an opportunity to take a train journey along the famous railway line if time allows (additional train fare on the day) before the minibus takes us back to Whitby.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Whitby, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 – Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby 7 miles (11.2km), with 1300 ft (396m) of ascent
Today, transport will take us from Whitby to the small coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay, once a famous haunt for smugglers. Robin Hood’s Bay is also the end (or start) point of Wainwrights Coast to Coast long distance footpath. The route from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby following the coastline is truly scenic with views to the sea and the exposed cliff coastline – don’t worry, we’ll keep a safe distance from the cliffs edge.
The route is undulating in places which adds to the richness of this coastal walk, with the bright yellow gorse adding extra colour to an already scenic guided walk. Plus there’s a wealth of local history associated with the coastline.
The route will finally reach Whitby Abbey (think castle from Bram Stokers Dracula) which sits on high above the seaside town of Whitby. Whitby Abbey played a pivotal role in English history.
The walk, and weekend, will finish in Whitby between 3-4pm.
Accommodation is not included as part of this tour. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
The Leeway Whitby guest house offering good hospitality and quality breakfasts
YHA Whitby quality budget accommodation located next to Whitby Abbey
Booking.com search for accommodation in Whitby, North Yorkshire
We recommend booking accommodation in Whitby for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Whitby is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm in Whitby (meeting point details will be provided in your final booking confirmation)
Walking Days – 9.30am in Whitby (meeting point details will be provided in your final booking confirmation)
Address: Whitby, YO21 3BT