It’s been a couple of years now since we’ve been away for a ‘proper’ Holiday so this year we decided to take a one away somewhere nice and peaceful in beautiful surroundings and boy have we picked a great place ! We’re in a lovely stone cottage along a private forestry road next to the North Yorks Moors Railway (! Warning lots of Train Photos to follow !) in Newtondale , our closest station is Levisham, a nice ¾ of a mile walk .
Friday 28th July
We arrived early Friday evening (it’s the first time we’ve done a Friday – Friday rental ) and was greeted by the owner Jan and shown around the place . Have to say it’s a lovely presented cottage with great facilities in beautiful surroundings , there is very little traffic – only residents (of which there aren’t many) and forestry vehicles (of which there aren’t many…) .
The NYMR also gave us our first glimpse of a Steam train with the Evening ‘Pickering Pullman’ …….
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This is how close the railway is to us BTW , this from the Conservatory no zoom…..
So happy and content we retired for the night…. After a few drinks….
Seeing the weather looked promising we decided to make use of the railway (our membership gets us a 50% Discount….) and have a trip out to Whitby , so leaving the car behind we walked along to Levisham and caught the train .
Our local station
The Train to Pickering Arrives
After a Fish and chip lunch and a bit wander around , Whitby was absolutely chocker , we returned to the peace and quiet of the cottage and spent the evening relaxing with in between dashes to the bottom of the garden to watch the Specials go by…….
The last of the days scheduled trains
80136 on the Grosmont Pullman and the Class 26 on the ‘Pie and Peas Train’
Seeing it was our 23rd Wedding Anniversary we decided to take it easy by doing a 5 mile hike through the forest ! It wasn’t too bad as most of it was on rough tracks , it was just the inclines that made it hard and boy were there some inclines !
Every so often we did get a glimpse of the railway and when we got to our turning point at Kidstyle Farm we saw the Thompson B1 in all her glory
We got to see Skelton Tower in the distance , one of our future walks
We also caught a tantalising glimpse of something strange through the trees……
It was the recently overhauled Schools class ‘Repton’ out on a test run , later on we saw her actually hauling a train
On the way back the skies absolutely opened and drenched us !
After a shower back at the cottage we headed out for an anniversary meal at the Restaurant at The Fox and Hounds Country Inn at Sinnington .
Melanie had White Onion Soup as the starter with the Seafood Platter as the main , I went for the Belly Pork and Seared Scallops as the starter and the Seafood Platter as the main . The Seafood Platter was interesting as it was a twist on what I would normally call a Seafood Plater , it consisted of smoked haddock and parsley risotto with a poached quail’s egg , a crayfish cocktail , a monkfish and king prawn kebab and little fish and chips . A very filling plate full I can tell you !
Pudding was skipped…..
We had a thoroughly good evening at the Fox and Hounds , great food and great service .
It was a beautiful night when we got home so a bit messing about photographic wise was called for…..
Another fine morning when we awoke so we decided to head off for a drive to Scarborough , we like Scarborough it’s a traditional holiday resort that has adapted to modern times it , has a bit of everything for everyone . I’d had family holidays there since 1966 , we had our honeymoon there in 1994 and have had regular day trips since then . After a walk around the town centre we headed down to the harbour for our lunch at Ask and pudding at the Harbour Bar . Ask has a great location overlooking the Harbour which has changed a hell of a lot since 1966 , the restaurant is where the wood boats used to come in and now the harbour is mainly a marina with a small fishing fleet . The Harbour bar still makes the greatest Knickerbocker Glory in the known world !
The view out of Ask and the mighty Knickerbocker Glory !
After lunch we head over to the North Bay for a walk around Pheasholm Park and ‘The Sands’ area . The Park hasn’t changed much over the years , still has the Naval Battles and still has the tame Grey Squirrels
The North Bay of Scarborough
After a diversion to pick up some supplies we headed back to the cottage for a quiet evening of contemplation and wildlife watching . The garden , as well as the passing trains , gets a good selection of wildlife in it . As well as the usual suspects bird wise there is a regular Great Spotted Woodpecker , there are also Grey Squirrels and a rumoured Badger (not seen yet ) .
I’ve seen a few deer on our wanders and the owners have mentioned a local Goshawk , I also spotted a Green Woodpecker on the drive up to Levisham from the station .
Yorkshire Day !
Our first booked event of the holiday , The Yorkshire Day Pullman , a good excuse to ride the NYMR all day ! We caught the train up to Grosmont from Levisham where we boarded the Jos du Crau car (a 1960’s Pullman car done out in the old Style) for a ride down to Pickering and back enjoying a 3 course meal on the way .
On arrival we were given a welcome drink of Yorkshire Wine from Westow for Melanie and a John Smiths for myself . We both started with the Yorkshire Coast Fresh Dressed Crab with Mayonnaise , lemon and a crisp salad . Melanie went for the Roast North Yorkshire Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding for her main whereas I went for the Roast Loin of Yorkshire Pork with Crispy Crackling , both absolutely melt in the mouth meats ! For pudding Melanie had Apple and Blackberry Crumble with Custard and I went for the Trio of Yorkshire cakes (Victoria Sponge , Coffee and Walnut , Chocolate Fudge ) , to say that we were stuffed would be an understatement….. But try telling Kids of t’day and they won’t believe you !
It has to be one of the nicest experience going riding up and down the NYMR in a Pullman Coach being hauled by a 1950’s Steam Engine enjoying a fantastic meal passing the beautiful scenery with the Gorgeous Melanie !
After the return trip to Levisham a quiet evening was spent letting the meal digest……
And watching the local Neighbourhood Woodpecker….
The weather wasn’t great today but we still headed out for a walk up to Skeltons Tower on Levisham Moor . It is a well known landmark and can be see from the train .
Todays walk (in Blue)
It was very gentle to start with along to Levisham Station but then the climb out of the Station is quite steep , when you hit the top of the first incline you turn on to the moor which is slightly more level . It’s very still and beautiful on the top and then you get your first view of the tower….
Melanie at the Tower….
Have to say it gives a good view of the trains !
We carried on our walk which took us down a rather sodden track and Melanie found out a new pair of walking boots are in order ! Eventually the track fetch us out at the Platelayers Cottages , just a short distance from our cottage , which was good as by now it had started to rain persistantly ! We also got a chance to spot another Loco where we crossed the line…..
And take even more photos of course ! The rest of the afternoon was spent drying out before heading off to the Fox and Rabbit pub for a well earned tea !