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Stunning views, silver service meal and luxury steam train travel

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In the lead-up to Christmas, we’ve organised a long weekend of guided walking that will ease you into the festive spirit. We leave behind the normal mad festive panic by heading to the beautiful and atmospheric North York Moors.

Staying in a four-star cottage near Pickering we organise two days of walking that maximises the contrasting scenery of the windswept moors and sheltered river valleys, while allowing plenty of time to simply re-charge the batteries.

All this, and then on Sunday we’ve laid on a silver service meal aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s steam train.


1-4th December 2017  &  30th November – 3rd December 2018

In a nutshell:

  • Experience the winter beauty of the moors, dales and coastline• Re-live the era of steam travel with an evening on-board a steam train as it chugs through the North York Moors.
  • Relax away from the madness of the Christmas preparations!
  • Relish coming back to the comfort of a cosy cottage after a day’s walking.

We headed to the North York Moors for a walking weekend and Christmas dinner on board the North York Moors Railway

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As you arrive, your host for the weekend will welcome you, show you to your room and introduce you to the other guests. The host will then retreat to the kitchen to conjure up the legendary Large Outdoors welcome night feast.

After dinner, there will be ample time to retire to the sofas in front of the roaring log fire, no doubt with a drink in-hand.

Steam Train Christmas dinner on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway


After a hearty breakfast, we head out for a leisurely 8-10 mile walk that follows the gentle gradients of the surrounding dales up onto the moors and past historical features such as Danby Castle.

Today’s walk will be at a gentle pace that will suit all the group enabling everybody to really  enjoy a great day out in the North York Moors.

We headed to the North York Moors for a walking weekend and Christmas dinner on board the North York Moors Railway

At the end of the walk, there is the option of having afternoon tea in one of the lovely tearooms nearby or we can head back to the cottage and enjoy a cuppa in front of the fire.

Then follows a relaxing evening with dinner, using as many local ingredients as possible and will include a Yorkshire cheeseboard invariably accompanied by a tipple of port!


We have a leisurely start and then there’s the option of either taking a stroll or, if you’re finding it hard to drag yourself away from the comfy sofas, you’re welcome to chill out in the cottage with the Sunday newspapers to-hand.

Late morning, it’s time to dress to impress in your finest Christmas attire  before we hop on a  mini bus and venture up to Grosmont to catch the midday Pullman service of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

We headed to the North York Moors for a walking weekend and Christmas dinner on board the North York Moors Railway

Once on the platform you’re immediately transported back in time to those glory days of steam travel.

With the smell of the coal smoke and the sounds and activity on the platform there will almost certainly be a few members of the group (those of a certain age) who will be reminded of the film ‘The Railway Children’!

On-board there’s a chance to order drinks (although we can also take drink orders in advance) before lunch begins as the train pulls out of the station and into the heart of the North York Moors.

During the next three hours we’re treated to a silver service lunch (no mean feat for the waiters who masterfully overcome the movement of the train with no slippages!).

You can view this years Christmas menu here…

Back at Grosmont we pile into the minibus for the trip back to the cottage, where the festivities usually continue. In fact some of the party will invariably head back out to one of Pickering’s watering holes.

We serve a mezze of snacks, dips and nibbles that evening.


All too soon it’s time to pack up and head out for our last day walk.

Today there are numerous options, , from a trip to Whitby for a walk along the dramatic coastline or a short hop to Castle Howard where we can stroll through the beautiful parkland.

Afterwards, there’s time for one last lunchtime stop in a tea room before we say our final farewells.

We headed to the North York Moors for a walking weekend and Christmas dinner on board the North York Moors Railway

Our Base:

The steam train theme continues with our choice of accommodation for the weekend.

The lovely four-star former mill owner’s house, High Mill in Pickering enjoys a fantastic location right alongside the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Fascinating rather than noisy, guests can simply watch the trains trundle past the living room window.

High Mills, which has been refurbished to a high standard while retaining many of the Victorian features, can accommodate a group of 10. There’s a mix of en-suite double, triple and twin-bedded rooms so the weekend will suit couples as well as solo travellers and all bedding and towels are supplied.

Venue Address: North York Moors

High Mill
North Yorkshire
YO18 7BB

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding and towels, all rooms are en-suite.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is limited mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.


    You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    How many walk options are offered?

    On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.

    Transport during the weekend:

    As often as possible, we aim to walk straight from the door of the accommodation. However, sometimes the best walks are a little further away and we need to drive. For these occasions, we encourage our guests to car-share to get to and from the walk location, so that we fit into as few vehicles as possible. If you are a driver, if would be very helpful if you would consider volunteering for this if required!

    Please also remember to bring some loose change for car park charges, which are sometimes unavoidable.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meals on both Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
    • Sunday – The steam train Christmas dinner is included. Sunday night we will enjoy a mezze of snacks.
    • Monday – we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

    As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

    We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

    If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

  • Traveling to our Pickering Christmas Weekend:
    By car:

    You will find High Mill north of the A170 Pickering traffic lights. Follow brown tourist signs to Pickering railway station (NYMR). Passing the station on your left, the mill is the next building on the left after about 200 metres.

    Just past the Mill, take the first turning left, signposted for NYMR car park. The entrance is immediately left after crossing the bridge and before the railway line.

    By Train:

    Nearest Station: Malton

    Collection Time:  16:00 and 19:00

    For this weekend we can collect and return train travellers to the train station that is nearest to our base.

    Places for this shuttle service are limited and must be booked at least five days before the trip takes place by contacting the Large Outdoors office to reserve space.

    At the end of the trip we will endeavour to get you back to the same station by a certain time. However as the finishing time might vary, we would strongly advise booking an open return ticket that will provide you with greater flexibility.

  • Ticket / room types and deposits:

    Shared Room

    This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms

    Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.


    You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is then due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within 12 weeks then you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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