Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway Holiday
FridayWe meet at Darlington Station at lunchtime, more or less! Nearby is Stockton “the cradle of the railways” and from here we take a tranquil cruise aboard the Teesside Princess up to Preston Park. Northallerton is but ½ an hour away.
SaturdayOur “local” line is the Wensleydale Railway running between Leeming Bar and Redmire passing farms set amid rolling hills. We will make the best use of today’s steam hauled services to include the line’s attractions as well as visiting the former terminus at Hawes. Here we can discover the secrets of rope-making, see cheese being made and enjoy a tasting at the Creamery – fancy a sandwich Gromit!
SundayOne of the most well-known and prestigious steam railways in the UK is the North Yorkshire Moors running for 28,968 metres, more or less, between Pickering and Whitby. We make the most of our visit with a flexible itinerary offering the chance to visit Grosmont and “Heartbeat’s” Goathland as well. To complete our NYM’s experience we’ll use local rail on the Esk Valley Line and bounce to the beach at Victorian Saltburn. Tonight’s evening meal will be the best fish ‘n chips in Yorkshire, included of course, and in Whitby.
MondayThings just get better and better as we dedicate today to Weardale and the attractions local to it. We start our day by rail to Darlington where we visit the museum at North Road Station. Rail again takes us to Shildon and “Locomotion”. This is the National Railway Museum’s second site and is chocka full of loco’s and related railwayana. We have to complete the National Rail line to Bishops Auckland before connecting with the Weardale Railway running from here to Stanhope. Heritage railway fun this afternoon concludes with a hospitality at one of our favourite country inns.
TuesdayOur final day starts at Eden Camp. This absorbing museum depicts the social life of those living in the war years and is housed in original huts of a former army camp. Later we travel to York for the National Railway Museum for a “taster” visit of a couple of hours. Homeward bound journeys commence from the adjacent mainline station early afternoon – more or less!
The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton