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A Yorkshire Gastronomic Walk

The landscapes and cuisine of ‘our’ corner of Yorkshire
A leisurely, self-guided walking holiday in our favourite corner of North Yorkshire, with luggage transported. Stay in high-quality country hotels, dine at the acclaimed Pheasant Hotel and the Star at Harome, and enjoy scenic routes which feature romantic Rievaulx Abbey and graceful Nunnington Hall.
A Yorkshire Gastronomic Walk. 4 nights
A Yorkshire Gastronomic Walk. 4 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in North Yorkshire

Rolling hills, ruined abbeys and fabulous traditional inns are all features of the North Yorkshire countryside. With Inntravel, you can also be assured of welcoming, characterful accommodation and excellent dinners at some the best gourmet outlets in the county. As well as serving up some very fine food, this unique, self-guided walking holiday provides numerous opportunities to discover the many heritage highlights of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside...
The market town of Helmsley with its crumbling castle and quaint gift shops and cafes; the magnificent Cistercian abbey, Rievaulx, which still retains a peaceful, deeply spiritual atmosphere; graceful, Elizabethan Nunnington Hall with its walled gardens and tea room beside the river... You’ll discover all of these places and more as you tread ancient routes through picturesque landscapes.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility – we offer a choice of start dates, and you are free to add extra nights at the places that interest you most. Please see below for details.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    East England is less prone to rain than the west, but you should always be prepared for wet (and windy) weather while exploring the Moors.
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  • Arrival in Harome
    Night 1: at The Pheasant Hotel (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.

  • Linear walk from Harome: 13km (8 miles), 3.5hrs
    Start the day with a short taxi transfer to the village of Rievaulx and its magnificent ruined Cistercian abbey*. You can take time to visit before striking out along part of the Cleveland Way to Helmsley, a bustling market town complete with a ruined castle* dating from around 1200; a magnificent walled garden; and the seat of the Earls of Feversham, Duncombe Park. Helmsley also boasts some excellent independent shops (including a superb delicatessen) and a wealth of tea rooms, restaurants and good pubs – including The Black Swan which is said to have played host to William Wordsworth while he was visiting his future wife – making it an ideal lunch stop. From Helmsley, follow a riverside path before a short uphill section returns you to your comfortable hotel in Harome.

    * - English Heritage properties, entry fees apply.
    Rievaulx Abbey
  • Harome to Hovingham: 11km (7 miles), 2.5hrs
    Today's scenic walk leads you to the charming village of Nunnington and the National Trust property, Nunnington Hall, which we highly recommend you stop to visit (pay locally). Continuing on your way, descending Caulkleys Wood Bank to the tiny village of Stonegrave with its ancient minster, admire the fine views across the Vale of Pickering to the north and the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south. A gentle path then leads you to the picturesque village of Hovingham, characterised by stone-built cottages, a babbling stream, a central green and Hovingham Hall – the seat of the Worsley Family and childhood home of the Duchess of Kent. You stay for one night at the traditional Worsley Arms Hotel in the centre of the village.
    Approaching Nunnington
  • Hovingham to Malton: 13km (8 miles), 3hrs
    Today begins with a short transfer to the Castle Howard Estate, known to many as the location for the television and cinema versions of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. You may wish to visit this majestic house and grounds (pay locally), before setting out on your walk to Malton and The Talbot. The route follows a pretty wooded ridge, offering views towards the North York Moors and across the Howardian Hills. Your final night is at The Talbot in Malton. Self-styled as the 'Food Capital of North Yorkshire', this small market town is the perfect place to end your gastronomic journey around this beautiful corner of the country.
    Your route to Malton skirts the Castle Howard Estate


You stay at three high-quality hotels of great character.
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 05 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start Sun, Mon, Tue or Wed | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 Apr - 27 Oct 2020 £690 £85
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Please note: this holiday is not available to children under 12 years, nor are dogs permitted on Inntravel holidays

    Included travel: transfer Malton-Harome (either from railway station to first hotel or to collect car at the end of the break)

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    The Talbot, Malton
    'Excellent': 05 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    The Pheasant Hotel , Harome (with dinner) Double room Single room
    05 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £150 £150
    The Talbot, Malton (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £75 £135
  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - via Malton

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Malton station to hotel (0h30) included 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    walk hotel to Malton station (0h05-0h10) n/a flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 3 dinners, inc a 5-course tasting menu,
    2 picnics, 4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer from Malton to Harome

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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