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Explore the North Yorkshire and rolling moorland landscapes from our base at Ravenscar between Whitby and Scarborough.

Guided Walking Holidays - Ravenscar Yorkshire's North Coast

Rugged high cliffs and magnificent scenery of heather moors and green valleys illustrates the real beauty of North Yorkshire. Coastal villages will be the theme for many of our day walks such as historic Staithes, picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, Sandsend and the Gothic town of Whitby.

We can walk directly from the hotel along the Cleveland Way coastal path to Whitby, colourful beach huts, antique shops, tearooms, bars and top-notch fish and chips – you’ll find all these traditional seaside attractions here. But there’s also its darker side in the form of the legend of Dracula. Feel the Gothic frisson of Whitby as you explore the fishing villages and high cliffs on the edge of Robin Hood’s Bay and the moors.

A day will be spent further up the coast from Sandsend with a cliff top walk with beautiful views, delightful Runswick Bay and finishing at Staithes harbour. You’ll get the opportunity to walk from Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay on the famous Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route. We also include a train ride through the Yorkshire Moors to Goathland (the setting of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat TV series) followed by a circular walk with lots of history. 

The diverse nature of the scenery along the way and the amount of interest and history it affords, will keep every enthusiastic walker intrigued.


Mandy Dorward, our Leader's Manager together with one of our Leaders visited the The Raven Hall Hotel recently and here is what she had to say - "The Raven Hall Hotel has a spectacular position sitting on the clifftop with sweeping views down to Robin Hoods Bay and the stunning North Yorkshire Coast. Is there a better view from a hotel in the Country?". 


Holiday Highlights

  • The final stage of Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk
  • Cleveland Way coastal walking to Whitby
  • Visits to coastal villages such as Staithes, Sandsend, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay
  • Take a trip on the North Yorkshire Railway
  • As dramatically situated hotel as you can find

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks (including the train ride to Goathland)
      Services of a dedicated leader
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Independent travel to the Raven Hall Hotel in Ravenscar. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.

  2. Day 2

    We offer four days of guided walking in beautiful countryside. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

    Ravenscar to Whitby - We get our first taste of the Cleveland Way today on this beautiful coastal walk. We will walk to the old Peak Alum Works now a National Trust site but was once an important part of the dyeing industry. It was also the site of a late 4th century Roman signal station. Arriving at Robin Hoods Bay in time for morning coffee and to buy our picnic lunch. Robin Hoods Bay consists of a maze of tiny streets and was a centre for smugglers from the Netherlands and France bringing in rum, gin, brandy, tea and tobacco to avoid duty. We will climb up through the maze of streets to join the Cleveland Way for the remainder of our walk. Arriving at Whitby Abbey in time for a picnic lunch and exploration of the Abbey. We finally descend about 100 steps down to the bustling fishing town of Whitby. 

  3. Day 3

    Goathland circular with a trip on the North Yorkshire Railway - We start the day with a train ride through the Yorkshire Moors to the very popular village of Goathland. On arrival, you will have time to look around and buy your picnic lunch and possibly have time for a coffee. Today's walk is through a shady gorge to a waterfall, before we climb up onto the moors and walking through the bracken to reach the Roman Road which is thought to date back to the third century AD. Continuing though a delightful old forest path we reach Beck Hole a former iron ore mining centre and if time permits, its well worth having a drink in the Birch Hall Inn. Finally, we return to Goathland via the dismantled railway line. 

  4. Day 4

    Sandsend to Staithes - we return to the Cleveland Way and the coastal path. Today’s walk has dramatic coastal views from start to finish and you should reach the beautiful Runswick Bay in time for lunch. This walk involves a steep stepped climb down and after lunch a steep climb up through the delightful village to re-join the Cleveland Way. You can buy your lunch at the café on the beach. Next on the route is Port Mulgrave which was originally a big ironstone mining area, now long gone as is the harbour which was bombed during WWII to prevent the Germans from using it. Our destination is Staithes; a lovely fishing village which has a resident artist community and good tea rooms. It is also the place where Captain Cook first went to work. 

  5. Day 5

    Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay - Our final walk and the most challenging day, initially takes us inland to join the final stage of the Coast to Coast path at Grosmont - one of the main stations on the North Yorkshire Railway where you may be lucky to see a steam engine or two at the station. You can also buy your picnic lunch here. Our first 5 miles is mostly on road and tracks with a steep ascent of 230m up to Sleights Moor. Walking on moorland we descend down to the hamlet of Littlebeck, then continue to Falling Foss waterfall and then onto Midge Hall where there is a good café where you can eat lunch. The next part of the walk, and the most challenging of the day, is crossing moorland which can be boggy in places but you'll get a glimpse of the coast in the distance which will be your final destination. You will arrive at another cafe stop in time for an afternoon break. This is the final section of the inland walking before you re-join the coastal path, where the Coast to Coast path and the Cleveland Way merge for the final cliff top walk into Robin Hoods Bay.

  6. Day 6

    Independent departure from hotel after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Travel Details

All transport in conjunction with the walks and sightseeing excursions are, if necessary, is included.

Nearest railway and bus stations: Scarborough (11 miles) or Whitby (15 miles)

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Raven Hall Country House Hotel

We stay at the three-star Raven Hall Country House Hotel, dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park and in between Whitby and Scarborough.

The hotel is perfectly situated for our holiday as the Cleveland Way crosses the hotel’s land and our walks start or finish close by.

The hotel has a nine hole Cliffside links golf course, tennis courts, games room and a heated indoor swimming pool.

All bedrooms are comfortable and well equipped, with tea and coffee making facilities and TVs. Meals are taken in the Panorama Restaurant, which offers fine views of Yorkshire and delicious locally sourced fresh food. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel's public areas.

Prices based on sharing a twin room with en-suite facilities. No single room supplement. Please note that single rooms without supplements are subject to availability.