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 weekend will be a fun sociable getaway for all abilities, you certainly don’t have to have done yoga before, and the walks are perfect for beginners. The surrounding landscape of woodlands, valleys and rolling hills is the perfect setting to spend time away from the stresses of everyday life and breathe in the fresh country air!
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 22nd March – Sunday 24th March
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.
- 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.
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.
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...
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
“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