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Ravenscar - Yorkshire's North Coast

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

From£659

  • England

  • 5 nights
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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

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

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 tour 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?". 

NO Single Room Supplement - rooms without a supplement are subject to availability.


  • Half board en-suite accommodation
  • All transport necessary to and from the walks (including the train ride to Goathland)
  • Services of a dedicated leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

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.

Day 2

Ravenscar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/550m

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 to Whitby. 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.

Day 3

Ravenscar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    601/618m

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 the walk is through a shady gorge to a waterfall then climbing 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 it’s well worth having a drink in the Birch Hall Inn. Finally we return to Goathland via the dismantled railway line.

Day 4

Ravenscar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Sandsend to Staithes - Today we return to the Cleveland Way and the coastal path. Today’s walk has dramatic coastal views from start to finish. You should reach the beautiful Runswick Bay in time for lunch, this 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 sandwiches for 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.

Day 5

Ravenscar

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    15.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

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, Falling Foss waterfall then onto Midge Hall where there is a good café for lunch. The next section of the walk and probably the most challenging, is crossing moorland which can be boggy in places but you 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 your last bit of inland walking and from here 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.

Day 6

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from hotel after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am.

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Sep 2020 - 11th Sep 2020 (5 Nights)

4th Oct 2020 - 9th Oct 2020 (5 Nights)

20th Jun 2021 - 25th Jun 2021 (5 Nights)

11th Jul 2021 - 16th Jul 2021 (5 Nights)

19th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021 (5 Nights)

3rd Oct 2021 - 8th Oct 2021 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

All transport in conjunction with the walks and sightseeing excursions are, if necessary, included. Nearest railway and bus stations: Scarborough (11 miles) or Whitby (15 miles). 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Raven Hall 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.

Please note that single rooms without supplements are subject to availability.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will involve as much as 600m of ascent and descent and daily mileage between 8-15.5 miles (a shorter version of this long walk is also available). We include cliff top walks with panoramic views. One walk has a section of steep descent and another walk on part of the Cleveland Way is on the disused railway line and typical field paths.  

Walks & Excursions

Based at the village of Ravenscar, you can spend time discovering its historical, industrial and geological heritage which creates a unique landscape. There are so many places nearby to visit and in the walks programme, we intend to finish our day’s walking in Whitby with its haunting Abbey and narrow cobbled streets, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay. 

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel...

by car: From the South
Continue on the A1(M) North until you reach junction 44. Use the left two lanes to merge onto A64 towards York. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit and stay on the A64. Turn left onto Malton Road/B1258, continue to follow the B1258. Turn right onto High Street/A170. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Racecourse Road, continue to follow the A170. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Stepney Drive, then a sharp left onto Scalby Road/A171. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto High Street. Continue to follow A171, turn right towards Stubbs Lane, turn right again, continue straight and turn left toward Bloody Beck Hill then turn right onto Raven Hall Road.

From the North: Continue on the A1(M) South  and fork left for signs of A66(M). At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bridge Rd/A66, at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A66 and keep following signs for A66. Take the 4th exit following signs for A171 and continue ahead for about 20 miles. Follow signs for B1416 and take 3rd exit onto Ruswarp Lane. Turn right onto A171, turn left onto Stubbs Lane, continue straight and turn left toward Bloody Beck Hill then turn right onto Raven Hall Road.

by rail:  The nearest railway station is Scarborough. Trains are available from many mainline stations such as London and Newcastle with a change at York.  Irregular buses are available from Scarborough and take approximately 40 minutes to reach Ravenscar. Please plan your journey and check the timetables as service on a Sunday may be restricted. Alternatively a 20 minute taxi journey might cost around £15 – 20. You may wish to call Nippy Taxis on 01723 377377 for a quote.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner (approximately 7pm) on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the lounge bar half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

This tour is on a half board basis. Breakfast and evening meals are taken in the Panorama restaurant offering fine views of Yorkshire

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The walks mentioned above are covered by the following maps:

Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25,000 Series 
OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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