NTBHW June 2012 Northumberland - Beamish
Day 1 we left the Greyhound in Halton, some with tops down to make our way over the Yorkshire Dales via Dent, Cowgill, Garsdale and on to Thwaite for our lunch stop. Regrettably Kevin & Sandy's beautiful B Roadster developed a clutch problem, requiring the AA to collect, and replace the slave cylinder. Fortunately they were able to re-join later at the hotel. So-off again via Brough, across the Lune, making our way over the tops in the mist and on very wet roads, at times, to our coffee stop at the Punch Bowl in Edmundbyers. A short drive later and we were at the Beamish Hall Hotel for 5.00pm, a place with real character set in 24 acres of wooded parkland, and our base for the 3 nights. The evening meal was excellent, and the day was complete when we heard that England had beaten Sweden 3-2.
Day 2 saw us meet in the car park at 10.30am to meander off in "Car date of manufacture" order, under the strict guidance of Gordon, to park up in a grassy area close to the Beamish Museum. Gordon arranged for the cars to be parked inch perfect, again in the correct order, for photographs and public viewing. The day was spent in the open air museum, a museum with thematic areas-a period high street with shops, bank, garage and so on, a drift mine, railway works, historic buildings and other sights. Trams and buses provided transport around this vast museum, and a very pleasant day was had by all.
Day 3-The Durham MGOC joined us today, and we met in the hotel for tea/coffee and a natter, before leaving around 10.30 for a 90 mile run accompanied by a dozen or so cars from the Durham club. This run took us westward through the scenic country-side and along some very long Roman roads, for a stop at the"Twice Brewed" pub in a village called "Once Brewed". Now there's a name for you! We then drove on to a stop at Chesters Fort on Hadrians Wall, where a member of the Heritage team provided a talk on the history of the local fort and the wall itself. This was all very interesting indeed. Finally back to the hotel for our last night.
Day 4-magnificent sunshine! What a change. We all made our own way home, and for Ann & I-we travelled northwest to visit Corbridge, a beautiful spot recommended to us by Mick & Chris. But unfortunately there was a ladies outfitter in the town, and my credit card made an appearance! We set off south around lunchtime, top down, and our route took us through Richmond, Leyburn, Ripon and on to Harrogate for a stop. We lived here for 4 years back in the 70s and it was nice to have a wander round this beautiful town in the sunshine. Finally off over Blubberhouses sticking to the A59, and home for teatime.