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Stunning coastal scenery, legends of smuggling, and plenty of fish and chips!

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

The coastline of North Yorkshire is the perfect place to get away for a sociable weekend discovering the best reasons we love getting into the outdoors. Fantastic coastal trails, stunning views over the North Sea and the rugged landscape of the North York Moors, and old fishing villages waiting for you to come and explore.  

Join us on a social guided walking weekend as we show you the best of the area, heading out onto the cobbled streets and historic setting of Whitby for our evening meals and to explore the local pubs with new friends. 

In a nutshell: 

  • Experience some of the best coastal walking in the UK, heading out for a day and a half of sociable guided walks where every mile has new sights to explore.
  • Relax in the hostel in the evenings, and head out with the group into Whitby for dinner to see more of this famous old town.
  • Meet a friendly bunch of fellow walkers, where the main aim is to enjoy exploring the countryside and socialising along the way.
  • Admire sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and ancient sites while watching for wildlife, taking photographs, or just gazing at the incredible scenery.

Whitby Walking Weekend Dates:

  • Friday 8th – Sunday 10th May 2020
  • Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2020

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This hostel affords a fantastic view of Whitby Abbey and the sea, and you’ll soon be getting to know your fellow walking companions over a cup of tea.

We’ll be heading out to dinner at around 8pm, so let us know if you plan on arriving after this time. Dinner will be in town, at one of the fantastic local fish and chip restaurants. Please note the cost of this meal is not included in the weekend.



To make the most of the coastline, our ‘plan A’ is to get bussed out to Staithes and to walk the 10 miles back to Whitby along the coastal trail, which also forms part of the Cleveland Way.

On the route, besides fantastic views of the North Sea and the local wildlife, we’ll pass Runswick Bay, Kettle Ness and the Whitby Sands, all the time looking out for fossils hidden in the rocks. There are a few ups and downs, mixed in with long stretches of relatively flat walking along the cliff-tops. As it’s the Cleveland Way, the trail is well-made, giving us ample time to enjoy looking at the scenery.

Once back at the hostel in Whitby, perhaps after popping into a pub or two and exploring the Whitby waterfront, there will be lots of time to freshen up and relax with a drink before we head out for the evening meal. We’ll walk back into town and head to a local pub, to really get into the local atmosphere. This meal is not included in the cost of the weekend.

Whitby Sunset on the Yorkshire Coast


For today’s walk we’ll be heading the other direction, taking the path along the cliff-tops south of Whitby the 6.5 miles to Robin Hood’s Bay. This is an easy walk, mostly staying high on the cliffs with endless views over the sea, passing Saltwick Bay and Ness Point on the way to the famous smuggling haunt, supposedly where Robin Hood and the merry men retired!


Once in the village, we’ll find a café for lunch and then have some time to look around. Then the choice is yours, either get the bus back to Whitby for early afternoon finish or wander back along the abandoned railway line to make it a longer day out.

North York Moors

About the Area 

North York Moors Coast 

The rich history and varied landscape of the Yorkshire coast would take a lifetime to explore. Known for its history of fishing and smuggling, the area’s towering cliffs, miles of wave-cut platforms, sandy beaches and hidden coves provide a constantly changing scene. Fishing villages spill down the steep hillsides right to the sea, and ancient sites from Roman signal posts to the massive remains of Whitby Abbey sit alongside cosy tea rooms and old pubs.

Whether your aim is to walk the miles of coastal path, or dip your feet in the North Sea, you’ll be in esteemed company, as both Captain Cook and Dracula have connections to the area. Away from the seaside, there are moorlands and woods to explore, with streams cutting their way through the hills before finishing as waterfalls off the cliffs. Alongside all this, there are fossils to be found dating back millions of years, giving the coastline the name of the ‘Dinosaur Coast’. This is truly a stunning place to explore!


Good to know:

Venue Address:

Whitby YHA,
Abbey House,
East Cliff,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4JT

Travel Advisory:

There is limited free parking at the hostel, if this is full there is plenty of pay and display parking a short walk away.

Arriving by Public Transport:

Nearest Train Station: Whitby, this is about a 15 minute walk away, although you will need to navigate all 199 steps up to the Abbey.

Taxi: A taxi from Whitby Station to the hostel is roughly £8.

Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Breakfast and packed lunches, please note evening meals are not included in this trip.

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Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s – 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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  • The Basics:

    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 head out for an evening meal at about 7pm. 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.

    Rooms: This venue has a mix of twin and 4 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

    Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

  • Dietary needs;

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    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.

    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.

  • Ticket Rooms and 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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  • 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • “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.
    Member 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!
    Member Since 2016
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