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Ravenscar - Yorkshire's North Coast

Unearth the charm of North Yorkshire and its undulating moorland vistas from our perfectly situated base in Ravenscar, strategically positioned between the enchanting towns of Whitby and Scarborough.

  • Yorkshire

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

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    Oct

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Grade 5

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. Some experience of walking on terrain with steep ascents and descents will aid you on this holiday. 

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

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.

North Yorkshire's rugged cliffs and breathtaking heather moors, coupled with its lush green valleys, epitomize the true essence of natural splendor. Our journey is a visual feast, showcasing the diverse landscapes that make this region so enchanting. Coastal villages will serve as the backdrop for many of our day walks, including the historic gem of Staithes, the picturesque haven of Robin Hood’s Bay, the serene retreat of Sandsend, and the Gothic masterpiece that is Whitby.

Embark on a picturesque walk directly from our hotel along the famed Cleveland Way coastal path to Whitby. Here, you'll encounter a quintessential seaside scene: vibrant beach huts, charming antique shops, inviting tearooms, lively bars, and of course, top-notch fish and chips. Yet, amid the seaside allure, lies the enigmatic legend of Dracula, adding a touch of Gothic intrigue to the town. Feel the thrill as you explore the fishing hamlets and towering cliffs on the outskirts of Robin Hood’s Bay and the sprawling moors.

Another day will lead us further up the coast from Sandsend, on a cliff top journey offering stunning vistas, culminating at the delightful Runswick Bay and Staithes harbor. You'll also have the opportunity to traverse from the moors above Grosmont to the iconic Robin Hood’s Bay, predominantly following the revered Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route. Additionally, we've arranged a memorable train ride through the heart of the Yorkshire Moors to Goathland, the very setting of Aidensfield in the beloved Heartbeat TV series. This will be followed by a circular walk brimming with historical gems.

The remarkable variety in scenery, coupled with the rich tapestry of history and interest woven throughout, ensures that every avid walker will find themselves captivated by this expedition.

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

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Train journey on the North Yorkshire Railway
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

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 to Whitby

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Views of Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey.  

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    560/735m

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

You will get your first taste of the Cleveland Way today on this beautiful coastal walk. You will walk to the old Peak Alum Works, now a National Trust, site but once an important part of the dyeing industry. It was also the site of a late 4th century Roman signal station. 

Arriving at Robin Hood's Bay in time for morning coffee and to buy our picnic lunch. Robin Hood's 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. Then take a climb up through the maze of streets to join the Cleveland Way for the remainder of the walk to Whitby. After passing the iconic Whitby Abbey, you finally descend Whitby’s famous '199 Steps', down to the bustling fishing town of Whitby.

Day 3

Goathland circular with a trip on the North Yorkshire Railway

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 - 6 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    380m

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 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 you 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, return to Goathland via the dismantled railway line.

Day 4

Sandsend to Staithes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Today you will 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

Coast to Coast to Robin Hood's Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/450m

The final walk and the most challenging day initially takes us inland to join the final stage of the Coast to Coast path, which ends in Robin Hood's Bay. 

The 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, involves 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 café 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 Hood's Bay.

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

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. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th May 2024 - 17th May 2024 (5 Nights)

23rd Jun 2024 - 28th Jun 2024 (5 Nights)

1st Sep 2024 - 6th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

6th Oct 2024 - 11th Oct 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, is 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, TV, telephone and hairdryer. 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. Some experience of walking on terrain with steep ascents and descents will aid you on this holiday. 

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 we cover a lot of local places of interest in our walks programme. 

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

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 the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

This tour is on a half board basis. Breakfast and evening meals are taken in the Panorama restaurant, which offers stunning views of this part of the North Yorkshire Coastline alongside a menu of locally sourced, freshly prepared dining options. 

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.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

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

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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