REVIEW OF SUMMER TOUR 2016 Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd May 2016 CUMBRIA & YORKSHIRE
Review of our 2016 UK Summer Tour Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May 2016
Our Summer Tour to Cumbria and Yorkshire over the weekend of 20 to 22 May 2016 turned out to be a most enjoyable affair. Despite predictions of terrible weather, we were blessed with mostly sunshine and fabulous views, once we had passed through a heavy downpour around the Kirkstone Pass.
We were treated to some stunning scenery as we travelled along Ullswater to Glenridding, then on to Coniston and Windermere, where we crossed the water by ferry then waved to Peter Rabbit on the way past Hilltop Farm. The Lakeland Motor Museum was full of interesting vehicles, as well as period costumes and bric a brac to enchant us all, taking some of us back to our childhood (and others to tales from their grandparents). We also had time to visit the Bluebird Experience and see the Campbell's record breaking cars and boats.
We then drove past the Ribblehead viaduct on our way to the Dales and Wensleydale Creamery (we took this as a pit stop for Wallace & Gromit cheese on toast). Some of our cars then became cheese storage for the rest of the tour. The final drive of the day took us on a wonderful route over the hills and dales towards Harrogate, where we were well fed and enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine with all the participants. There was plenty to talk about the day and another day to look forward to..
On Sunday, we set off in glorious sunshine for Castle Howard for coffee, then on to Thornton le Dale, where you we had a good look around the Mathewson Motor Museum (where the cars and memorabilia on display were for auction the next weekend). Leaving Thornton le Dale (my Yorkshire brother says that the locals drop the 'le' and just call it Thornton Dale) we took a short drive to Wold's Way Lavender Farm, where we had the chance to wander around the grounds where the lavender is grown, visit the shop and have a cup of tea/coffee. Lastly we drove over the scenic Wolds and down into the Vale of York again, to Wetherby for our final check point and refreshments before we parted company.
With thanks to the team from BritAssist, who ensured we were all able to keep our cars on the road, even though many of us only saw them taking photos or following us in the rear view mirror.