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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at the seafront town of Whitby.  With our expert guide we explore the region from our base.  Whitby is ideally placed to enable us to visit the unspoilt North Country with its wild moors, picturesque fishing villages, bustling market towns and the beautiful Hambleton Hills. Fans of the TV series Heartbeat will recognise the names.


  • The spectacular North Yorkshire coast with wide sweeping bays like Robin Hood’s Bay 
  • The picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole where sheep roam freely around the village green
  • The village of Goathland – Heartbeat Country
  • The beautifully peaceful Mount Grace Priory and the busy little market town of Pickering, with its castle and medieval church
  • Rievaulx Abbey looming out of the depths of the Rye Valley

2017  Dates: One week tours start Saturday 15 Jul, Friday 06 Oct,

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy. (805 in Oct)
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person

Accommodation:   Larpool Hall is a splendid Georgian mansion commanding a wonderful position above the harbour town of Whitby. 28 newly refurbished rooms have ensuite private bath, TV, hairdryer. There is a bar and outdoor terrace, dining room, lounge. The property sits amid 14 acres of gardens.. All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.


Day 1: Arrival day    There is a train station in Whitby so you can arrive by train and check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea is at 4pm.

Day 2: Heartbeat Country & Whitby
Explore the charming village of Goathland, which for many years doubled as the fictional 'Aidensfield' in the TV series Heartbeat. After lunch at the Moors Centre at Danby, discover the quaint fishing village of Staithes - the former home of Captain Cook. Our journey through Whitby will provide a panoramic view of the busy harbour and abbey.

Day 3: Castle Howard & Yorkshire Lavender
The magnificent 18th century Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and is widely regarded as one of England's finest historic houses. We will have plenty time to explore both the house and estate before travelling to Yorkshire Lavender. View the gardens, and enjoy some of the produce baked in cakes and scones in the tea room.

Day 4:  North York Moors & Steam Railway
Experience the beauty of the North York Moors with our visits to the picturesque villages of Rosedale Abbey, Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole. Delve in to the antique shops in Pickering before taking an optional ride on the North York Moors Steam Railway, the most popular heritage railway in Britain.

 Day 5: Free day to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Spend more time discovering the charming and historic town of Whitby, right on your doorstep – perhaps a cruise along the coast, or some fish and chips for lunch?

Day 6: North Sea Coast
Explore the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, and learn about its history as a smugglers haven. Scarborough, a former spa town and one of England's most popular seaside resorts, is a fascinating town to explore, with links to the Civil War, Anne Bronte, the Pre-Raphaelites and Max Jaffa.

 Day 7: Helmsley & Rievaulx
Enjoy the picturesque market town of Helmsley. A stroll at Rievaulx Terrace (NT) will provide wonderful views down to Rievaulx Abbey (EH), one of the largest former Cistercian abbeys in England. Later we visit the abbey itself before ending the day at Great Ayton with its strong links to Captain Cook.

 Day 8: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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