A tour of the NE of England is planned for June 2018. The date has been fixed to coincide with the Beamish Reliability Trial and it is hoped that some members will support this, which is an optional extra day.
The tour will commence with a group meal on Sunday evening at Lumley Castle Hotel, DH3 4NX, very close to Beamish.
The Beamish Reliability Trial is an annual event for cars, motor cycles & commercial vehicles built before 1956; it starts & finishes at the Beamish open-air museum. The trial starts around 10am, travelling south through stunning countryside to North Yorkshire, the route is approx. 150 miles.
Those not wishing to take part in the Beamish may wish to soak up the flavour of the event by visiting Bainbridge, between Leyburn & Hawes where there is a lunch halt or at Romaldkirk where afternoon tea is available.
These spectator points could easily be worked into a route from the south to the start of the tour.
Option of the Beamish, taking part or watching. Meet for evening meal at Lumley Castle Hotel.
Monday am 18th
We will leave Lumley Castle Hotel heading for two nights at the Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill, Northumberland. NE67 5DN.
Suggested places to visit on route:
Durham City & Cathedral, Beamish Open Air Museum (needs most of a day), Hadrian’s Wall, Wallington Hall, Cragside - Former Home of Lord Armstrong, the first house to be powered by hydro-electricity.
A day to explore Northumberland, suggestions being, Holy Island, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, the wonderful coastline and Bamburgh Castle.
We leave Doxford Hall heading south for Headlam Hall Hotel, DL2 3HA.
Suggested itinerary: visiting places mentioned earlier, Keilder forest drive, possible lunch stop at the Lord Crewe Arms. Blanchland, High Force, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Shildon Railway museum.
The tour will end after breakfast when members can travel home or further explore the area, perhaps into Swaledale, Wensleydale or North Yorkshire Moors.
Anyone wishing to trailer their car to the NE can leave modern and trailer at DL2 3RJ which is very close to Headlam Hall Hotel. The area is well served by ferries from Holland & Belgium for any members wishing to travel from mainland Europe.
The cost of the four nights BB & Dinner will be circa £750 per couple, excluding drinks.
Places are limited to 10 cars, (we are going, so 9 places left!!), please email your reservation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your reservation has been confirmed, a deposit of £200 per car will be required to: DL Cook, 40-47-73, acct. 52753901
For further information on the Beamish, please Google “Beamish Reliability Run”; there are a few short videos on Youtube, those by SuperMSMedia are probably the best. You may also find the website, www.visitnorthumberland.com interesting.
For those members more interested in driving their cars than sightseeing, this is magnificent driving country, you will be spoilt for choice!!