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North Yorkshire Villages

Quaint stone villages, varied landscapes
Explore North Yorkshire on this two-centre, self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Walk alongside rivers and across moorland, visit the castle and market town of Pickering, ride on the UK’s most popular steam railway and stay in welcoming accommodation.
North Yorkshire Villages. 4 nights
North Yorkshire Villages. 4 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in North Yorkshire

The North York Moors National Park is famed for its vast expanses of heather-clad moorland which, in late summer, light up the landscape in a fiery blanket of vivid pinks and purples. Here, sheep are left to graze amid relics of ancient human habitation, while small hill-farms dot the lower slopes and valleys, divided by miles of dry-stone walls and winding lanes. Walking along wooded riverside paths, green lanes and tracks that skirt the moors from one pretty village to the next, you experience the gentle beauty of northern England and the wild grandeur of these moors.
This walk is an ideal introduction to some of England's most beautiful countryside, with the accommodation providing a high standard of comfort and cuisine. The archetypal stone villages you pass through are so characteristic of the area, located in secluded corners where life is played out without fuss, much as it has done for centuries. As an added highlight, you also get to ride on a classic steam train on the North York Moors heritage railway that winds its way through the moors between the market town of Pickering and seaside Whitby, a thrill not to be missed.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • 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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 6 6 9 12 15 19 20 20 18 14 9 7
    mm 53 40 48 44 51 52 53 64 53 51 54 57
  • Arrival in Sinnington
    Night 1: at Fox & Hounds (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.
  • Circular walk from Sinnington: 18km (11.2 miles), 5hrs
    Your discovery of this captivating region begins with a delightful circuit that follows the wooded valley of the River Seven to the picturesque village of Lastingham with its fine historic church. Here, you reach the edge of the heather-clad Spaunton Moor, which you follow to the charming village of Hutton-le-Hole. Take time to visit the fascinating Ryedale Folk Museum or to linger over lunch in the welcoming village pub, or enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the expansive village green. Continue along a series of wide, pleasant green lanes to Appleton-le-Moors before descending back to the river and Sinnington. All the villages on today's route have inns, hotels or cafés where refreshments or lunch are readily available (pay locally).

    Circular walk from Sinnington: 18km
    Looking over the landscape from Appleton-le-Moors on the route around Sinnington
  • Sinnington to Pickering: 17km (10.5 miles), 3.5hrs
    Today, you stay high above the river, following winding woodland paths and wide lanes to reach Cropton with its friendly pub and brewery, village green, and motte and bailey. From Cropton, a short walk brings you to the impressive earthworks of Cawthorne Roman marching camps which you can explore on a short detour and from where there are fine views over Cropton Forest and the Moors as far as Bilsdale. Continue through farmland and Haugh Wood before reaching the river which you follow to Pickering Castle. From here, it is a short walk to the centre of this attractive market town where you stay at either The Old Manse or upgrade to The White Swan for the next two nights.

    Sinnington to Pickering: 17km
  • Choice of walks from Pickering: 12km-25.5km (7.5 miles-16 miles)
    Today's walk begins with an exciting trip on the North York Moors steam railway*. This heritage line (originally opened in 1835) runs between Pickering and Whitby, stopping at a number of small stations over the moors, each recreating a different era in the railway's history. You have three options, varying in length, dependant on how far you go on the train. Whichever option you choose, remember to check the timetable and allow enough time.
    *Steam trains operate most services throughout the summer months, though occasionally some services are run by heritage diesel locomotives.

    Train to Goathland & walk to Pickering: 25.5km (16 miles), 7.5hrs
    Travel on the train all the way to the pretty village of Goathland ('Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat and 'Hogsmeade Station' in the Harry Potter films) for a splendid moorland walk over Two Howes Rigg and Simon Howes Rigg before reaching the remarkable bowl-shaped valley known as the Hole of Horcum. Walk around its heather-clad rim to reach the charming village of Levisham, where you can choose to enjoy lunch at the cosy Horseshoe Pub. From Levisham, you walk through woods and farmland to return to Pickering.

    Train to Newtondale & walk to Pickering: 16.5km (10.5 miles), 5hrs
    Get off the train at Newtondale Halt (a 'request' stop) and walk back to Pickering via the Hole of Horcum and Levisham as described above.

    Train to Levisham & walk to Pickering: 12km (7.5 miles), 4hrs
    A third, shorter option involves getting off the train at Levisham and walking up the hill to rejoin the main route outside the village pub.
    Train to Goathland & walk to Pickering: 25.5km
    Train to Newtondale & walk to Pickering: 16.5km
    Explore the Moors
    Train to Levisham & walk to Pickering: 12km


At both Sinnington and Pickering, you will be warmly welcomed to your comfortable accommodation.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Pickering. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend an extra night here to explore the medieval castle, historic parish church, bustling market and museum of rural life.   
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  • 4 nights: 01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2019 £498 £200
    1 May - 27 Jun 2019 £525 £240
    28 Jun - 29 Sep 2019 £535 £210
    30 Sep - 27 Oct 2019 £498 £200
    3rd & 4th person discount -£10
    Single traveller supplement £10

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

    Included travel: transfer Pickering-Sinnington (if driving)

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Fox & Hounds, Sinnington
    Premium: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £20

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

    The Old Manse, Pickering (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £72 £118
  • 4 nights, staying in the White Swan (3 dinners)

    1 April - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    1 - 30 April £598 £250
    1 May - 30 September £630 £260
    1 - 27 October £598 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£10
    Single traveller supplement £10

    Extra nights at the White Swan: add £115pppn in a double room (2 people sharing), or £183pn in a single

  • 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 (0h25) £14 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Malton station (0h25) £9 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 3 dinners
    1 picnic
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer back to first accommodation to pick up car

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  • 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.
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