We all met up and eagerly made our way to our wonderful accommodation. It had huge well kept lawns, tennis courts and stables (where the German National Team were looking after their horses). We unpacked excitedly, freshened up and then went out to a delightful pub where we chatted and got to know each other over dinner. We enjoyed a few drinks and mad our way back home where we all relaxed before our first night!
We visited the nearby Fountains Abbey Visitors Centre. It was a lovely place and we drove through the deer park and down by the lake. We then took a beautifully scenic drive to Eshott to see the famous Woolpack Pub! We even enjoyed a drink in there and felt like were part of the Emmerdale cast! After our drink we headed to Harrogate and went into Betty’s tearoom which was wonderful!
We arose bright and early one morning and after our usual hearty breakfast, we headed for Huddersfield where we went to a long established ice cream shop ‘Dixon’s Milk Ices’ to sample! The ice cream was beyond delicious so we all had one! We then drove to Castle Hill, the best vantage point for spectacular views over the town and countryside, before the short trip to Holmfirth (where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed). We had lunch in Sid's Cafe before exploring Holmfirth and taking the Summer wine bus tour! Finally we went to the Summer Wine museum and shop which contained archives from the programme. It was truly fascinating to be there!
On another morning we set off to the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. First stop was the Wensleydale cheese factory where we watched the process of cheese production! We were able to sample around 20 different cheeses which was very exciting! They tasted absolutely delicious. After a lovely lunch, we drove through the Dales National Park, alongside winding rivers. We took in the views and arrived at a lovely village of Grassington. It was then back to home for a super BBQ. We cooked meat bought from a long established traditional butcher in Ripley! We worked off a bit of dinner by playing tennis and another competitive game of croquet! We then visited the second pub where again, we were welcomed warmly. Owen discovered a number of guitars in this pub which were put to good use for a sing along!
We visited beautiful Pickering and the North York Steam Railway which we took to Goathland, Heartbeat Country. We saw Grosmont Station and drove to Whitby where we parked by some lush cliff top gardens which overlooked the sea. We were soon to realise that it was the last day of the Whitby Folk Festival week and musicians and dancers were going from the gardens to perform by the bandstand near the harbour. We arrived just as the performance was about to start. It was truly excellent! In the evening we took a final visit to our village pub where we were greeted as friends by the locals.
As always the holiday had come to an end too soon! After a hearty breakfast we packed our cases and loaded the van. On our journey home we chatted about our holiday and what our favourite parts were. We all said we’d love to come back!