Explore the beauty of North Yorkshire and celebrate the start of 2019
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Stride into 2019 with a spring in your step and raring to go after seeing in the New Year in the North York Moors National Park in the company of a great bunch of people.
With the genteel historic market town of Helmsley as our base for this four-night break, we spend the days exploring the beautiful moorland, coast and dales of the National Park and the evenings chilling out as well as chinking the champagne glasses for New Year’s Eve.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy the sense of wellbeing that comes with three days of walking through the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park.
- Relish the chance to relax and simply wander around the sights of Helmsley.
- Raise a glass or two in the company of like-minded people on New Year’s Eve after enjoying a special Large Outdoors feast.
As part of this New Years holiday we’re offering extra side-trips that can be booked beforehand – adding that bit extra to your experience!
Rievaulx Abbey – 30th December
Just down the road from Helmsley, and reached via a beautiful walk along the Cleveland Way, are the impressive ruins of the 13th century Rievaulx Abbey, former home to the Cistercian order of monks. We’ll spend the day on a walk in and around Rievaulx, exploring the ruins and getting to know this once hugely important abbey in medieval English history. If you are an English Heritage member, you get free entry; if you’re not, there is a cost to entry which can be pre-paid with us on the site here. Either way, please sign up on the page here.
Lake District New Year’s Eve
We are also running a New Year’s Eve trip to Patterdale in the Lake District and you can view all of the details from our dedicated Lake District New Year’s Eve page…
Saturday 29th December
Lovely Helmsley encapsulates all the elements of a genteel historic market town with its pubs, cafes, delis, shops and castle making it a wanderers’ dream place.
For this break we have exclusive use of Helmsley’s hostel accommodating a maximum of 35 guests, and offering a peaceful retreat and lovely sociable setting with a spacious lounge complete with log burner.
With guests arriving from 5pm onwards, the fire lit, the Yorkshire air beginning to work its wonders and enticing smells coming from the kitchen as the evening meal is being prepared, it will be hard not to relax.
As the group tucks into dinner we outline the plans for the days ahead.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (30th, 31st and 1st)
These are our days to get out and explore! There will be two walk options available each day, generally aimed at an easier wander and a full day out.
The exact route will depend on the weather and what guests feel like doing on each day but plans might include:
- A fabulous longer walk which takes in Urra Moor, the highest point within the National Park.
- A saunter round easier trails that still afford beautiful views of the surrounding hills from Spaunton Moor.
- Exploring the coastal path near Whitby imagining life during the heyday of smuggling, or seeing why Bram Stoker was so inspired to write Dracula after passing by the atmospheric Abbey on the headland.
- Wandering the trails in search of historic houses such as Castle Howard or ancient monuments like Rievaulx Abbey.
Alongside these walking options, you’re more than welcome to stay in the hostel for the day if you want to relax, or go for a stroll around the sights of Helmsley.
At the end of each excursion there’s plenty of time to relax before dinner at the hostel. One night we do head into town for a meal (which is not included in the price).
New Year’s Eve
In the build up to the big occasion, we enjoy a shorter walk to allow sufficient time for the chefs to create the five-course feast that will be served to guests later that evening and chill the bubbles ready for the 12 o’clock chimes.
Wednesday 2nd January
This is our final morning. While check-out of the hostel is 10am, we often find guests like to linger a little longer before heading home and so we can provide plenty of pointers to enjoy your final day.
About the Area
North York Moors
Known as an area of high moors with fantastic views and the famous summer blooming of purple heather, the North York Moors is so much more than that. There are acres of woodland with wildlife skitting between the trees, a stunning coastline including the towns of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, and an endless number of trails that head up the valleys – perfect for all sorts of weather! Beyond the great options for both easy and more difficult days out there are ancient market towns to explore, where traditions haven’t changed for hundreds of years.
Good to know:
- We include 3 evening meals but on one night we will head out for a pub dinner and this is not included.
Travel to the venue:
Driving – There is plenty of free parking at the hostel.
Public Transport – There are direct buses to Helmsley from York and the nearest train station is Northallerton. We will be running a taxi service from Northallerton at 5pm and 7pm. This will be charged at £10pp and will need to be booked in advance. Bookings for taxi will be online around October.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“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
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
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