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

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • 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.

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Itinerary

Friday

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.

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Saturday

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.

Whitby Sunset on the Yorkshire Coast

Sunday

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!

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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!

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Good to know:

Venue Address:

Whitby YHA,
Abbey House,
East Cliff,
Whitby,
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.

Useful Links:

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.
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    Elizabeth
    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!
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    Claire
    Member 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
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