Join us as we board the North York Moors Steam Train for a Silver Service Christmas Dinner.
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In the lead-up to Christmas, we’ve organised a 3 days 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.
Steam Train Dinner Date:
- Friday 29th November – Monday 2nd December 2019
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.
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 dinner. 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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
Good to know:
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.
- 3 nights 4 star cottage accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Sunday includes a Christmas dinner on the Steam train.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfasts each morning and then a packed lunches for Saturday’s Walk.
- 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.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: 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.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their 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.
Ticket / room types:
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.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is 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 the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
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Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016