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Northern Moors - Captain James Cook Country

Northern Moors - Captain James Cook Country
Northern Moors - Captain James Cook Country
Northern Moors - Captain James Cook Country
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Prices from £290 per person

Northern Moors – Captain James Cook Country

On this self guided walking break you will discover the birthplace of one of our most famous explorers, Captain James Cook. Explore the northern moors with an option to experience the splendour of the Yorkshire Heritage coastline with this walking break. Lying to the east of Great Ayton are two of the most prominent landmarks on the Cleveland Hills; the monument to Captain Cook on Easby Moor erected in 1827 commands spectacular views over the rolling moorland of the Cleveland hills, and the spectacular Roseberry Topping (320m) known to the Viking settlers as Odin’s Hill but known locally as the Yorkshire Matterhorn due to its distinctive shape.

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Whats included?

What’s included?

Your en-suite accommodation with breakfast

Help and on-going support before and during your walking holiday.

A walking itinerary (self-guided) covering places of historic significance or areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Transport to and from a walking location if needed.

The relevant Explorer Ordnance Survey map provided

Trail guide cards

A detailed itinerary with recommended lunch breaks at select pubs, tearooms or cafes.

Local folklore, myths and things of historic relevance

Seasonal nature guide book or cards for identifying the abundance of wild flowers, trees and wildlife

Emergency backup and support if needed

A surprise Yorkshire delicacy to take on your walk.

Full description


The Northern Moors are a striking, historic and a stunningly authentic area of the North York Moors. Follow in the footsteps of the young explorer James Cook who would take time out from the family farm at nearby Great Ayton to climb Roseberry Topping, Nicknamed Yorkshire’s Matterhorn, because of the distinctive shape of its summit, Roseberry Topping has wonderful views in all directions. From the summit you will clearly see Captain Cook’s Monument, a very popular destination for walkers, which itself has panoramic views along the edge of the Cleveland Hills and deep into the North York Moors. This walking holiday gives you the option to explore part of the striking Yorkshire Heritage coastline, heading south to some of the most beautiful bays on the Yorkshire coast. The original village of Runswick bay slipped into the sea in one tragic night in 1664, now rebuilt boasts one of the longest sandy beaches and some excellent coastal walking. 

In the picturesque village of Staithes the little harbour is still full of the traditional locally built fishing boats, known as cobles, clearly identified by their original Nordic design. Once one of the largest fishing ports on the north east coast, todays catch is more likely crab and lobster. 

Prices are based on two people sharing en-suite accommodation, staying on a bed & breakfast basis. This walking holiday includes all transport to and from the trail for each days walking.

Highlights of the walk


Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton

Captain Cook Monument built in 1827 and 60ft (18m) in height

Roseberry Topping, the Yorkshire Matterhorn

Excellent coastal walking

Traditional Yorkshire shops, café’s, tearooms and pubs in Great Ayton & Guisborough.

Accomodation details


About the accommodation

One of the reasons our customers choose Walk Yorkshire walking holidays is for our choice of authentic and high quality accommodation across the region.

Walk Yorkshire Holidays prides itself on the quality and authenticity of the accommodation, and all our venues are chosen by Kevin, the Walk Yorkshire founder, all the hotels, guest houses and B&B’s selected ouze Yorkshire hospitality and are all situated in idyllic country villages. So come the end of an energetic day and you are craving comfort after a long walk over the moor, discard those boots and enjoy the moment with traditional local dishes, flavoursome food, fine ales all set in a cosy atmosphere. At this hotel we know that you will be well looked after, the rooms are furnished in a contemporary and calming colour palette to maximise rest and relaxation following a long days walking. The hotel is located close to the town of Guisborough and commands amazing views of both woodlands and the Cleveland Hills before you’ve even set foot outside the door.

Once we have confirmed this holiday is available we will contact you with further details regarding your accommodation and a suggested itinerary.

Price breakdown


Captain Cook walking breaks is a 3 or 4 night self guided walking holiday, and is offered all year round and you may start your break on any day of the week pending availability.

All prices quoted are based on 2 people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.


3 night stay £360 per person

4 night stay £400 per person

There is a group discount of 10% for groups of 4 or more adults.

*For singles or groups of more than 10 wanting to book with us, please contact us via the online form here.

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