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Visiting the coast of North Yorkshire is the perfect way to get away from the crowded city streets and to enjoy the weekend discovering the beautiful upland area full of history and stunning vistas. North York Moors National Park offers 26 miles of dramatic coastline and amazing wildlife, including many species of birds, dolphins and whales. The area is also known for fossil hunting and dinosaur footprints — the entire area is made of Middle Jurassic sandstone. The inland doesn’t lack in hidden gems either, featuring one of the largest and most magical moorlands in Europe and many villages perfect enough for a postcard! Spend some time on the fantastic coastal trails, enjoy the rugged landscape of the North York Moors, hike along the ridges overlooking the North Sea, and visit old fishing villages along the way that are waiting to be explored! Find out more about top 7 North York Moors walks to explore from Gareth Williams, mountain leader and owner of Large Outdoors!

  • The magical moorland provides amazing scenery and unique wildlife

  • A number of English villages perfect enough for a postcard

  • Coastline famous for fossil hunting and dinosaur footprints

Meet your guides

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams
Gareth is a Mountain Leader and owner of Large Outdoors. You can find him all over the UK and Ireland, wild swimming, sea kayaking or hiking.
Large Outdoors
Large Outdoors
For over 12 years, Large Outdoors introduced adventurers from around the world to the UK and Ireland through hiking, sea kayaking, wild swimming and more.
5.00 (5 reviews)
Dave S. (source: Facebook)

I’m not the fittest person and was very nervous about my first walk. Gareth and John and my fellow walkers could not have been more supportive and never stopped encouraging me. It was a great day and can’t wait to do it again next week.

Lianne B. (source: Facebook)

My husband and I have just got back from Nighttime Navigation with John and it was a really enjoyable couple of hours. I liked learning to navigate, and learning at night time just added to the challenge.
We regularly stopped to look at and talk about the stars, which was really interesting.
I really felt as though I learned something useful, and navigation is something we might start to pick up.
After such a stressful couple of months, this was something different and fun to do, so thank you. Highly recommend!

Valerie A. (source: Facebook)

Truly amazing 3 days with an awesome guide John & wonderful fellow walkers filled with humour, laughs, interest & knowledge.
Loved my time with you all.

Joanna W. (source: Facebook)

A fortnight back from walking in the Lake District with Large Outdoors and feeling energised and inspired. A massive thanks to our fantastic guide John, for reigniting my love of the fells and to the group for their excellent company through sun/rain/storms/rain/etc. Looking forward to more walking, swimming and kayaking with Large Outdoors throughout 2021.

Jane I. (source: Facebook)

A big thanks to Ben Henderson for another great navigation training session. Having taken part in a group navigation weekend last year with Ben, LO arranged, on my request, a private navigation day and, again, it was super! Ben is really knowledgeable, friendly and patient! He helped me work on the areas I need to improve, his teaching is great, and I came away from the day feeling more confident and clear about next steps to become more proficient in the mountains.
Large Outdoors – Great social weekends with lots of choice of walks to suit all. All walks I have been on have been led by great MLs. Overall, very well organised. I’ve got more weekends booked for the future and would highly recommend.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in North York Moors, England, please refer to the Official Government of the UK website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, wilderness guide
      • Half or full days of hiking with a local guide, depending on your chosen itinerary
      • Pre-event support, from training advice to kit lists

    For the Half-Day Night Navigation Experience:

      • Around three hours exploring the North York Moors at night with one of our expert guides, who will teach you some of the basics of night navigation
      • Free copy of the Cicerone guide to Navigation
      • All maps and compasses (if you have your own please feel free to bring them — map needed: OL26 North York Moors – Western Area)

    For the Yorkshire Coastal Walking Weekend:

      • 2 days of guided day walks, with our qualified professional leaders – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge
      • 2 nights hostel accommodation in a shared male or female room — possible private twin room for an additional fee
      • Breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk
      • Please note your group will eat out on both Friday and Saturday night and these are not included in the cost

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodation for day hikes
      • Meals and snacks for day hikes
  • The best thing about hiking in the North York Moors is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for three to five hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between five to ten miles.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items (around a 25L bag)
      • Trekking poles — optional (but recommended)
      • Headlamp
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Snacks and electrolytes
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Hiking socks
      • Light trekking trousers (not jeans)
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • A warm sweater, polar or fleece
      • A good quality waterproof jacket
      • Beanie
      • Gloves
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • A small first-aid kit
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The tours are not private and the cost is per person. The cost does not decrease as your group grows.
      • The usual group size on the Yorkshire Coast Walking Weekend tour is ten guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated.
      • The usual group size on the Night Navigation Experience tour is eight guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated.

    If your hiking party is larger than five people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • Anyone over the age of 18 can join these day-hiking tours
      • Minors as young as 14 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 14 please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the North Yorkshire area, most people fly into Leeds Bradford International Airport in Leeds. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle or a train ride to your meeting point. Unless you have previous experience with driving in the UK, it is advisable to take a shuttle.

    The meeting point for the Night Navigation Experience is in Lastingham, about 90 minutes away from Leeds. The meeting point for the Yorkshire Coast Walking Weekend is in Whitby, 2 hours away from Leeds. From there, you’ll head straight to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the hiking ability of the group.

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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