Fine walking, fine dining and fine hotel comforts.
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Difficulty Level2 Two
With beautiful scenery on the doorstep, an inviting town centre and the genteel Talbot Hotel as your base, Malton has pretty much all the elements that make a great walking weekend.
These breaks are particularly suited to those who like to reward themselves after a good day’s walking with a few little indulgences – whether it’s savouring a local speciality from an artisan food producer, enjoying the tranquil spaces of a country retreat or simply relishing a fine meal at the end of the day.
Whatever the season, the Talbot hotel is just perfect. During autumn and winter, the open fire in the lounge beckons when you come in after a crisp day out in the hills, while in summer, the terrace overlooking the River Derwent is an idyllic place to relax while sipping a glass of prosecco.
In a nutshell:
- Guided walks on superb off-the-beaten track routes across the North York Moors
- A contrasting walk through the magnificent parkland of Castle Howard.
- Relax and unwind in the luxurious surroundings of The Talbot hotel.
- Fantastic food using some of Yorkshire’s finest ingredients.
About the area:
Nestled between the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills, Malton offers walkers a great variety of countryside to explore.
To the west, the landscape is dominated by rolling hills and pleasing pastureland, while to the North and East you can find wilder moorland spots dissected by beautiful river valleys in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
Venture further east and the moorland meets the coastline with its dramatic headlands, sandy beaches and tucked-away fishing villages. There are stately homes aplenty, including Castle Howard and Scampston Hall within a few miles of Malton, which lend a slice of grandeur to the area.
All this, and Malton’s growing reputation as Yorkshire’s Food Capital (courtesy of the thriving number of independent and artisan food producers homing in on the town) make it an enticing prospect for a short break.
You are welcome to check in at the Talbot from 3pm onwards.
In fact, if you do arrive early then take the opportunity to pop over to the Talbot Yard, just across the road, and try out some of the best ice cream we’ve tasted (and we’ve tasted plenty) at Groovy Moo, or eye up some other foodie treats to take home with you at the end of your break.
Alternatively we can vouch for the delicious-ness of the Talbot’s afternoon tea, particularly during winter when you can cosy up in front of the open fire in the drawing room.
Plenty of time then to settle in before your Large Outdoors host greets you in the drawing room at 6pm for a welcome drink, introductions and a general natter. It’s no problem if you’re arriving later.
At 8pm we head to the Malton Brasserie, the hotel’s relaxed, informal dining room where we enjoy a gastro-pub style evening meal using plenty of local produce and a great selection of wines and local ales (please note, the evening meal is included in the package price but alcohol is an additional cost).
After dinner you’re free to carry on socialising in the bar (there is a great gin selection for those who are partial to a tipple!) or retire to a quiet corner with a good book.
Breakfast is at 8am and you’re likely to be spoilt for choice as the hotel has a reputation for serving an amazing spread – including full cooked breakfast, local kippers or a bacon sandwich with homemade tomato relish!
Today’s walk is explores the best scenery within the North York Moors National Park. Typically the day will involve walking 8-12 miles across relatively easy terrain that will suit most walkers, with a stop at a tearoom for a bit of re-fuelling!
Once we’re back at the Talbot there’s plenty of time to get spruced up and simply unwind before we meet back in the bar for a well-deserved drink that evening.
Tonight we head into the hotel’s Wentworth restaurant which specialises in sublime fine dining dishes made using local produce, this meal is also included in the package.
The choice is mouthwatering – expect dishes such as rare breed pork served with Ampleforth cider sauce, herb and pine nut crusted polenta, buttermilk panna cotta served with elderflower sorbet or artisan cheeses.
After a hearty breakfast, we head for ‘Brideshead Revisited’ country and spend a day surrounded by the 18th century grandeur of Castle Howard.
Set within a 1000 acres of parkland, the stately home provides an impressive backdrop to our walk which ventures into the Howardian hills with its woodland and fantastic views across the Vale of York before passing through the tranquil hamlet of Coneysthorpe.
From here, we venture into the stately home grounds and pick up the Centenary Way which takes us close to a series of follies including the Temple of the Four Winds and the grand 90-foot high Mausoleum with its striking colonnade of 20 pillars.
After the morning’s walk we head in to the Castle Howard Stable block to enjoy a light lunch in their café (this is not included in the package price), which also presents a shopping opportunity for gifts or more foodie purchases from the estate’s farm shop.
Who will be looking after you...
The Talbot Hotel
A country retreat and a treat is how we would sum up The Talbot. This grade ll listed hotel, a former hunting lodge, is a real Malton landmark and a haven for relaxation and simply ‘being’.
The hotel is part of the Fitzwilliam Estate and has been a chief driver behind the town’s food reputation. Not only does it have a head chef who has a passion for local, seasonal produce (much of which is grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden) but it also runs a successful cookery school and is an active supporter of the annual food festival.
Rooms are offered as a private twin or double, or on a single sex shared basis. Sole occupancy is also available for an additional fee.
The package includes:
Two cooked breakfasts, an evening meal in the Brasserie and one in the Wentworth Restaurant and a packed lunch from a delicatessen, Malton Relish on the Saturday.
Unlike many of our other weekends, as the hotel has a bar there will be no need to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
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I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016