Yoga, meditation and gentle guided walks in the beauty of the northern moors.
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If you’re looking for the best possible way to rejuvenate, relax and explore the great outdoors then we have the perfect solution. Come and join us in the stunning open spaces of the North York Moors for a weekend of gentle guided walks, morning and evening yoga classes combined with meditation, and of course freshly prepared food.
“The yoga on this holiday is calming, slow, but guaranteed to give you a good stretch while strengthening parts of your body too. At times we’ll do simple flowing sequences to gently limber up the body. At other times I’ll respond to what the group needs and focus attention on that. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, stretched and calmer too.” – Yoga instructor Alison
In a nutshell:
- Explore the beauty of the North York Moors on a day and a half of easy guided walks with a Large Outdoors leader.
- Relax and rejuvenate during morning and evening yoga sessions.
- Enjoy having the hostel to ourselves for the weekend, with endless hot drinks available and only a short walk to the old market town of Helmsley.
- Meet a friendly group of fellow walkers who are all keen to explore the area and have a great weekend away.
North York Moors Yoga & Walking Dates:
- Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020
Let the relaxation begin… The first yoga session of the weekend will be at 6:30pm, and then dinner will be served afterwards.
After dinner, alongside the cheese board, we’ll go over the plans for the next day, and then the evening is yours to relax on the sofas next the wood burning stove with a cup of tea, or perhaps head into town to sample the local pubs!
After an early morning yoga session and plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast, we’ll grab our packed lunches and head out for the day’s walk. We’ll decide what this will be nearer the time, but there’s so much to explore there’s guaranteed to be a great day out on the cards. One example could be:
A wander around Rievaulx Moor walking right from the door of the hostel. We’ll begin by heading through the woodland of Ash Dale before steadily heading up to the fantastic viewpoint at the top of Helmsley Bank. Continuing along the top of the moor, we’ll be rewarded with a descent into further woodland and the quiet solitude of Rye Dale. Walking right past the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, we’ll follow the Cleveland Way back to Helmsley.
If the group is big enough we may also be offering an easier and harder walk for this day, but of course there will always be a walk for all abilities.
Once we’re back at the hostel there’s plenty of time to freshen up before the afternoon’s yoga session, followed by dinner.
After a final yoga session and breakfast, it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. On this day we aim to head out for a morning walk of around 3 hours or so, finishing somewhere we can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.
A popular place for this walk would be to drive a short distance south to the imposing manor house of Castle Howard. The grounds are an excellent place to walk, combining woodlands, rolling farmland, and striking views over the plains below. What’s more, they have an excellent tea room with everything you’d ever need for lunch!
We will be offering a small group the chance to go Alpaca walking in the North York Moors. This will last about 1.5 hours and you will all have your own Alpaca to walk. Places for this are limited and will need to be booked with a weekend ticket.
We are sure that after this weekend your energy levels will be back up and ready to tackle anything the working week can bring!
About the Area
North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park in the north-east of England is a stunning area of rolling heather-coated moors, deep valleys housing ancient monasteries, and acres of wildlife-rich woodland. Alongside these famous moors, there’s a spectacular coastline, where it’s still possible to find dinosaur fossils, and where stories of smugglers are never far away from timeless fishing villages. The moors themselves offer wide-ranging views over the plains and valleys below, and are extremely accessible even for beginner walkers. This means that regardless of your ability, you are pretty much guaranteed an amazing view in the North York Moors. Alongside walking, there are market towns to explore, the steam railway to admire, and dozens of fantastic cafes and pubs to sample.
Good to know:
Helmsley YHA is a comfortable hostel a short walk from the town centre. There’s plenty of room for everyone to sit around, comfortable sofas, and a wood fuel stove. We rent the hostel exclusively for the weekend so it’s all yours.
Train Station Collection:
We will be offering a group taxi from Northallerton train station at 7pm. This is on the East Coast Mainline. Taxi costs £10 and can be booked on the main booking box.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- 4 Yoga sessions, please note the first session starts at 6:30pm on the Friday.
- Welcome meal on the Friday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday’s Walk. Please note Saturday night we head to a local pub and this is not included.
- 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.
Please bring with you a yoga mat and a light blanket.
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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
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