We're runner friendly as we're runners! (credit to Ceri Oakes NYMNP)
We're runner friendly as we're runners! (credit to Ceri Oakes NYMNP)

Muddy boots or muddy paws, trail or roads shoes, 4 wheels, 3 wheels, 2 wheels, little explorers or large adventurers – they’re all welcome at Carlton Lodge.  

Here’s a few ideas to help with your planning 

Trail Running, Confidence Building and Guided Runs  

Lisa is a licensed run leader and has also trained in Understanding Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity.  She’s led groups, and coached beginners, on road, trail and the lakeland fells.  Lisa can offer a helping hand if you lack confidence or are a beginner setting off on your run journey.  Alternatively, you may want to head out on a run during your stay.  So, why not let Lisa show you one of her favourite North York Moors National Park routes.  A guided run takes away the stress of route finding and anxiety of heading out alone. It’s also a great way to have a go at trail running without worrying about getting lost.

Contact us on for individual and small group prices.

Proudly working in collaboration with the North York Moors National Park – Running Holidays to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing and build confidence.

The Run Experience

We’re runners and can honestly say, hand on our run packs, that The North York Moors is a breathtaking playground for all runners.  We are blessed with an abundance of run experiences from park-runs to 10kms, fell races to the much-loved Hardmoors.  We’re runner friendly and understand the logistics of early breakfasts, the love of kit and that you may be travelling with a large number of shoes.

The legendary Hardmoors series along the Cleveland Way includes Helmsley and we are massive supporters.  Jon and Shirley rest their hard-working heads at Carlton Lodge and we’ve supported many friends who’ve run a number of the series.  If you’re planning a route recce then why not use us as a base?  As fellow ultra runners we understand your thinking and we’re only a phone call away if your day doesn’t go to plan.

Friend Dave and Jon after a successful Hardmoors 200!
Fancy our local Parkrun? It's Castle Howard

Fancy a Parkrun weekend?  How about Castle Howard or Dalby Forest?  At Castle Howard you’ll run through the magnificent grounds of one of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes and gardens.  Whilst Dalby Forest takes you through woodland splendour on a mixture of forest roads, gravel paths, footpaths and wooden bridges.

The North York Moors National Park website includes a superb calendar of events including family friendly and children’s races. A few on our own doorstep are The Kirbymoorside 10km, the Kilburn Feast and Helmsley 10kmNo Ego Torch challenges, plus the Moors and Forest Marathon, take place in Dalby Forest, which is just a short drive away.  If you like a bit of It’s Grim up North we love the small and friendly Grim Series.  The Hey up its Helmsley trail event is a “4 Boots proper Grim” and includes 5km, 10km, half marathon, 20 miles, marathon and ultra distances.  The magnificent grounds of Castle Howard put on a 10km trail race, a triathlon and new for 2020 the Spartan.  This will be the world’s largest obstacle race and includes children’s races too.

Lisa on one of her run jaunts Osmotherly to home
Discovering Byland Abbey on 2 wheels
Discovering Byland Abbey on 2 wheels

The Cycle Experience

Are you ready for a two wheeled experience as we’ve secure space to store your bike and we’ve a few of our own?  We’re not experts but we do like to get out for a spot of cycling.

The North York Moors offers an abundance of cycling opportunities for road cyclists, mountain biking enthusiasts and families.  We’ve a small room where your prized two wheels can be stored overnight.  A brief 10 min drive from Helmsley is the Sutton Bank Cycle Centre which is a great starting point to access bridleways, tracks and minor roads.  You can hire road, mountain, children and E-bikes at the centre, then pick up a trail map and off you go.  It’s extremely family friendly with something for everyone.  You’ll discover colour coded trails and breathtaking views.

For lovers of sportives and events the North York Moors National Park lists a wide variety on its website – What’s On

The Top of the Rocks Gravel Sportive starts on the spectacular Sutton Bank escarpment a short drive away from us.  From here you’ll take a grand tour across moor ‘n dale on gravel trails. Chose the Short (25km), the Medium (50km) (31 miles) or go Long (75km).   Combine spectacular autumn colours, a relaxed event and beer tent at the end! The Daffodils Sportive was named after the world famous daffodils of Farndale, an area each route passes through.  Starting from Thirsk there is a choice of 3 routes, Short, Medium or Long, all passing through some of the most spectacular scenery in North Yorkshire.   The Ryedale Rumble is a sportive supporting two great charities – Ryedale School and Cancer Research UK.  The event starts just up the road from us and each distance passes through Helmsley. Riders can enjoy quiet country lanes in rural Ryedale, the Howardian Hills and the stunning scenery of the North York Moors.

Harry enjoying his first no stabilisers moment!
The iconic North York Moors steam railway

The Steam Train Experience

Relive your childhood on the world-famous North York Moors Heritage Railway is a train journey like no other.  Step back in time as you travel through breath-taking scenery from the market town of Pickering to the coastal town of Whitby via the Heartbeat village of Goathland.   This not-for profit charitable organisation is an important part of the local community alongside being a memorable way to travel for all the family.

The Day at the Races Experience

A brief 20min (14 mile) drive away is the world class Thirsk Racecourse located in the wonderful old cobbled market town of the same name.  Forever known as Darrowby, in the books of the World’s most famous veterinary author James Herriot, Thirsk is a wonderful location for a day racing.  The beautiful racecourse is also family friendly with a James Herriot All Creatures Great & Small Family Day and a Pirates Family Day.  Food lovers can combine the races and fine dining in either the historic Hambleton Dining Room or the luxuriously appointed Thomas Lord Restaurant. Alternatively grab some delicious Yorkshire fish & chips outside the James Herriot Hall. Thirsk racecourse offers racing and food for every taste and budget.