Over the past 12-18 months i’ve been very lazy with the posts on this Blog . Sometimes due to having nothing decent to say , sometimes due to looking after the Wife when she broke her Arm and Shoulder , Sometimes due to changing jobs twice but mostly due to not being bothered ! I’ve continued with my Photography over the period still posting to my Flickr Account (here) , hopefully now i can post happenings here at a more frequent rate !
Since the Summer Holiday we’ve actually had a day trip back to the NYMR (Melanies first trip out without the dreaded sling i think….. )
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In the middle of November we returned to another old stomping ground , The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway , a grand day was had riding up and down the line quaffing a few drinks , we also had a meal at possibly our Favourite pub ever , The Brown Cow in Bingley . If you like good food and a choice of 7 Timmy Taylors Ales , that’s the place for you !
Along the way we also did a few visits to local hotspots , either just for a drive or to view the winter wildlife , Trips included to Hauxley Beach and Nature Reserve , Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and Budle Bay…….
About a week before Christmas i had a bright idea ( normally Melanies the one with the Bright Ideas…..) that it might be a good idea to go away for New Year , luckily the Cottage we had in the summer was still available so we booked it for 4 Nights !
New Year in Levisham
Sunday 30th Dec
We travelled down early as we’d booked Sunday Lunch in The Horseshoe Inn in Levisham Village (which is up the hill from where we were staying) , It’s another cracking pub in Yorkshire , the food is amazing . After being suitable fed we headed down to the Cottage to check in , The owners Kay and David certainly hadn’t held back on making us feel welcome , not only were there decorations there were Mince Pies , Seasonal Nuts , Crackers , Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows , a Dundee Cake and a Bottle of Prosecco awaiting our arrival ! After unpacking we headed down to the station to watch the trains coming and going……
The Evening was spent in front of the Log burner with a dram or two for me and a wine for Melanie……
Monday 31st Dec
We took advantage of the available train service and took a little trip up to Grosmont, well technically down to Pickering then up to Grosmont….. It was a beautiful day for a ride in Gods own Country with my Wife looking as gorgeous as ever .
The Locomotive pulling our train was the ex- NER T2 / LNER Q6 / BR 6F 63395 , it was actually a Pullman Train but we were just in the Ex-BR Mark 1 Carriage . Luckily there was a Buffet Coach on so we were able to enjoy a drink or two on our journey .
Returning to the cottage late afternoon , we saw the New Year in with a few drinks infront of the Log Burner !
Tuesday 1st January 2019
We had a quiet New Years day , a bit of a lie in , Breakfast then a walk up to Skelton Tower on the Moors .
After our invigorating walk we were ready for our New Year Meal…..
Wednesday 2nd January
Our final Day of the Stay and we headed off to Scarborough for a breath of Sea air and a bite to eat.
We ended up at one of our favourite eateries in Scarboro’ , Ask on the Harbour front .
After a thoroughly enjoyable meal we headed off for a drive across the moors and ended up in Grosmont for a drink at The Station Tavern . We headed back to the cottage to pack up our stuff and settle down for another relaxing night in front of the Wood Burner !
Thursday 3rd January
So it was time to head back to Newcastle after a very relaxing New Year in Levisham , We agreed that it had been the best New Year trip we’d had in a very long time , a quiet oasis in a beautiful bit of Yorkshire . Many thanks to Kay and David for going that extra yard to make the stay special .
Hopefully now i’ll get back into my blog stride !