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About Our Holidays

About Our Holidays
Walk Yorkshire self guided walking holidays have been carefully selected to discover the finest scenery and the most pleasant places within the North York Moors. The breaks are structured so you go at your own pace, take detours to places of interest, and have a break when and where you wish. Our routes will provide plenty of opportunities to take refreshments and at the end of each day a relaxing place to spend the night.

We will provide maps and detailed route descriptors highlighting any attractions to take in on the way. If you are booking a long distance self guided walk we will provide a luggage service each day to allow you to move about as lightly as possible. We will always be there to provide assistance if you require or need our help.
All our holidays are based in one location to avoid unnecessary upheaval each day, or if you opt for a long distance trail like the Cleveland Way, Tabular Hills or the Lyke Wake Walk we book all the accommodation, move your luggage and provide detailed waterproof maps and guidance of the route.

Where You Will Stay
Whether you are staying at one place or moving each day there is nothing more welcoming than good hospitality, locally sourced food and a comfortable bed. Over many years working on the North York Moors we have found many special places for you to stay. Our “Staying at one place” breaks are based in specially selected country house hotels offering a high standard of accommodation and impeccable service.

All our self guided walking breaks include bed and breakfast, evening meals are not included allowing you the freedom to choose and make your own arrangements. All our accommodation is in quaint country villages or towns with a variety of places to eat in the evening, we can also guide you to many of the recommended eating houses in the vicinity. On the long trails we have a portfolio of highly recommended Farmhouse B&B’s, Public House accommodation and guesthouses to choose from.

About our walking routes 
All our walks are individually selected for their outstanding beauty or places of historical or other interesting features (or both). All routes are along well marked footpaths and bridleways, or individually waymarked like the Cleveland Way and the Tabular Hills trail.  Each group will receive an information pack with a waterproof Ordnance Survey Explorer map and other information relating to places of interest, café’s, teashops and public Houses on or nearby the walking route.

You will not need to be super fit to enjoy our walking holidays, they are designed to be pleasurable, therapeutic and above all enjoyable. You can take the entire day to complete the walk, and if you’re new to walking most of the routes from our static locations are all gentle to moderate and suitable for all ages and abilities. However, if you are thinking of a walking break it will help to do some pre-holiday walking if possible. 

Families and Children
To engage on a family walking holiday in the UK can make for an idyllic and happy occasion providing the younger members of the family are considered when planning distances to be walked. Many of the identified walks are manageable by older children but we will advise if asked to do so. We highly recommend the stay in one place holidays for families with younger children which gives you the option to either walk or go sightseeing on a particular day. We do operate a reduced rate policy for children on all our holidays, please feel free to contact us regarding suitability and what might suit your family best.

On all our holidays we will be at the venue to meet you on arrival and answer any questions you may have about the holiday and daily arrangements. If a particular walking route requires you are picked up at the end of the day then this will be discussed with you and we will be waiting at the pre-arranged location to ferry you back to the hotel on completion of the days walk.
For the long distance walks we will transport your luggage to the next destination, allowing you to travel light with the basic requirements for the days walk. In case of any emergency you will be able to contact us and you will have the mobile number for the on duty Walk Yorkshire guide.

Tailor made holidays or larger group bookings
Walk Yorkshire holidays will always remain flexible to your needs and although we offer a wide and varied range of locations and walking routes we are very happy to find exactly what you are looking for. We have arranged many such breaks primarily for foreign visitors travelling as a bigger group. All our stay in one place venue’s are capable of catering for larger groups and we can offer very competitive rates for such occasions.

What is included in the price?
All our holiday prices are based on 2 people sharing, most hotels and other accommodation do charge extra for single occupancy and therefore we do need to charge for this supplement, however, several of our hotels have a single occupancy tariff so we can advise on this during the enquiry and booking stage.

The hotels that provide a base for our stay in one place walking holidays offer slightly different rates, this information can be made available when booking your holiday.

For groups of 4 or more adults we offer a 10% discount on all walking holidays.

What you get for your money
En-suite accommodation with full breakfast
Ordnance Survey Explorer maps (waterproofed).
Trail guide information with easy to follow instructions
Transfer of your luggage for the long distance walks
A detailed itinerary which includes Walk Yorkshire recommended lunchtime stops, country pubs, tearooms and cafes.
Transfers to and from local train station if required, please note if travelling by train to York and your final destination is Helmsley or Goathland we will pick you up and take you there free of charge.
Transport drop off and pick up when it makes for a better walking experience.
Emergency backup service.

Travelling to your destination
North Yorkshire has good road and rail links, and most of our holidays are easily accessible by train with stations at York, Middlesbrough and Scarborough. If you are travelling by train by booking your holiday in advance there are many discounted cheap ticket offers available. See the Trainline for booking information.

Leeds Bradford Airport is about 2 hours from most destinations and airport transfer can be arranged, (this would be cheaper than public transport).
Arriving at Manchester airport would mean a further train journey (about 1 hour) to York then we would pick up and transfer you to your final destination. 
For those staying at Gisborough Hall (Northern Moors) Teesside Airport would be the better option.  

If you travel by car there is ample parking at each of our hotel destinations, whichever mode of transport you choose we will send detailed instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday in your holiday information package.
Guided Walking Breaks
All Walk Yorkshire guided walking holidays are hosted by the founder Kev Borwell, with over 35 years walking and trail running on the North York Moors Kev’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the area will be brought to life as you walk the trails with many linked to folklore, and evidence of ancient settlements and its inhabitants.

Apart from tapping into this extensive local knowledge the walking will make for a truly unforgettable occasion. A lover of local delicacies you can opt for a pub lunch or visit a traditional North York Moors café or if weather permitting we can arrange for a picnic at one of the many exceptional viewpoints on the route.
If you wish to create your own individual and customised itinerary Kev will do this with you to greater enhance your walking experience with us. Kev has previously walked with clients from Australia, Canada, South America, the USA and Europe. Depending where you walk you will witness features others could easily miss out on and you will gain a truly local feel for the area whilst engaged in a peaceful and pleasant walking experience.

You can enjoy a guided walking experience from one day to one week and incorporate these days into your existing walking holiday at any time. 

With outstanding panoramic views across areas of ancient woodland, star clustered dark skies, splendid primeval abbeys, and an abundance of wildlife makes for a breath-taking experience of seclusion and peacefulness.


Gateway to the Moors – Helmsley

This walking holiday is based in the perfect English market town of Helmsley. Situated at the beginning of the Cleveland Way and the Ebor Way, this North Yorkshire market town is steeped in history and has attractions to appeal to all, from a 900 year old castle ruins, 250 year old walled garden to charming tea rooms and inviting inns and much more.

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Eastern Moors – Heartbeat Country

This walking holiday is set in a beautiful area known locally and internationally as “Heartbeat Country”, named after the Yorkshire TV series set in 1960’s rural North Yorkshire. Over an 18 year period the programme followed the local constabulary on their duties around the moors and local area, encountering many characters and rogues within the beautiful North York Moors. Filmed in and around the picturesque village of Goathland, which became known to millions as Aidensfield.   

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Yorkshire Heritage Coastal Walk

The Heritage Coastal walk takes us from Saltburn in the north and heads south to some of the most beautiful bays on the Yorkshire coastline. This is a coastline with dramatic views and with the highest point on the east coast of England at Boulby near to Staithes where the cliffs stand at an impressive 656ft (200m) high.

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We had an excellent weekend away with Walk Yorkshire. Kev is very knowledgable and makes the whole experience even more personal!

Mr & Mrs Harvey

We decided to try a new kind of weekend break and discovered Walk Yorkshire. The "Gateway to the Moors" break was a perfect introduction for us and we'll be booking with Kev again very soon! 

Mr & Mrs Davies

Simply amazing! We booked a family gathering/walking holiday with Walk Yorkshire and every stop on the Cleveland Way trail was perfect! Cannot recommend Walk Yorkshire enough! 

The Atkinsons