Newtondale 2017 – Part 3

So where did we get up to ?

Oh yes…..

August 9th

Another Steam Train Booking ! This time it was a ‘Coffee Morning’ return Journey from Pickering departing at 11am . So off we headed to Pickering , had to take the car this time as there isn’t an early enough train from Levisham to make it possible to have a carless day . We arrived in plenty of time to see our train arrive , it was the wonderful teak set hauled by Black Five 44806…..

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We were seated in the 1st Class Restaurant Car ‘Ryedale’ ( away from the Riff-Raff…..) , very luxurious it was too….

As soon as we left the Tea / Coffee and Cakes were served…..

There was a nice selection of very moist cakes…. including Lemon Cake , Carrot Cake , Chocolate Brownie , ‘Butterfly’ Cake and the old Standard Fruit Scone with Jam and Cream !

At Grosmont we got a chance to stretch our legs while the Train was moved to the back for the return trip .

How the Riff-Raff saw us….

It also gave me a chance to have a nose at the deserted coaches especially the GNR Invalid Saloon……

The Tourist Third Open we were in for the ‘Curry Train’

On the return journey we enjoyed a Glass of Sherry to take in the marvellous views of the moors .

We bid farewell to ‘Ryedale’

Once again it was a glorious way to spend a late morning / early afternoon , especially in such opulent surroundings . On the way back to the Cottage we popped in to The Fox and Rabbit to book a table for that evening . While back at the cottage i managed to catch the ‘Repton’ doing some more running in , Double Heading with the Standard 4MT…….

So we then went off to the Fox and Rabbit for our second and final visit of the stay , Melanie went for the Prawn Cocktail for starters and the Lasagne for main and i went for the Crab and Salmon Terrine with the Sirloin Steak for main . a very nice meal it was !

August 10th

Our last full day , so we decided to….. go for a ride on the railway to Whitby ! It was a lovely day so we walked down to Levisham Station to catch the 12.20pm through to Whitby . It gave me a chance to have a nice relaxing day with a bottle of North Yorkshire Moors Bitter or 3 while watching the scenery go by….. 

Our Chariot arrives….

A Standard 4MT

Whitby

Melanie Stretches her legs…..

Is there a better way to spend the last day of your holidays ?

When we arrived back at Levisham we got to see ‘Repton’ on her first day of regular Service …..

So we headed off back to the Cottage to do the worst thing of the Holiday…… Pack up !

August 11th

So it was with a heavy heart we bid farewell to The Hideaway , our home for the past fortnight , It was the most relaxing Holiday we’d had for a long time , we agreed since we last stayed at Bunnahabhain Cottages ( A common factor being their remoteness…..) . It was also the best equiped cottage we’d been in , the owners actually lived in it for 18 months while their main house was being renovated , so everything was right (they’d also been in the hotel trade) . The setting was fantasic – remote and next to the Railway…. Excellent ! – The only thing i was disappointed in was the less than expected wildlife . The local and previously well seen badger hasn’t been spotted for a while now , it’s either moved location or has been scared off by the recent activity in the forest ( they are apparently going to start felling in the surrounding woodlands). We will be back !!!!!

A quick look around the Cottage……

The Conservatory – The place i seem to spend most of my time relaxing in the Cottage , great for Bird , Squirrel and Train Spotting !

The view out to the Conservatory

The reverse view to the Kitchen and Mezzanine Bedroom

Up to the Bedroom

The Bedroom

The View from the Bedroom

Something else we noticed on this holiday , at no time during it we never switched the telly on !

Newtondale 2017 Part 2

Newtondale 2017 Part 2

August 2nd (Continued)

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Have to say the food in the Fox and Rabbit was very good ! Another to add to the ‘Well Recommended’ list . Melanie went for the Home made Lasagne and I had the Belly Pork , Black Pudding, Champ Potatoes with Apple sauce and Cider Jus . As if that wasn’t enough we had puds , Melanie had the Chocolate Brownie with vanilla Ice cream and I had the Sticky Toffee Pudding . Then it was back to the Cottage for a lie down……

August 3rd

We started the day by having a drive to Malton to get a few bits and pieces , on the way back we decided to take the train up to Grosmont as the weather wasn’t too clever , may as well take advantage of our half price tickets as members of the NYMR !

While there we had a bite to eat in the Railway Tavern next to the station , a nice little hotel that does lovely bar meals , I went for the Pubs take on a Ploughmans Lunch (with some lovely Yorkshire cheeses) and Melanie had the Full steam ahead Pullman Burger . After a saunter around the shops in Grosmont (the ‘s’ is silent by the way….) , we caught the train back to Levisham for a quiet night in the cottage , watching the late trains and the birds visiting the table .

August 4th

A quiet day in the cottage as we had a night time excursion planned .

The Curry Train !

This was our second attempt at doing a Curry train , last years on the KWVR got missed when we both fell ill on the day . So we headed off to Pickering to catch the Curry train at 6.45pm ,much to our surprise we were glad to see the return of the Teak set to service on this special . If you didn’t know (SEE HERE) a couple of weeks before , the coaches got vandalised by a set of youths and were withdrawn from service , thanks to the outstanding work of the volunteers they got most of them back in service pretty fast , though a couple won’t be returning till next year as they were heavily vandalised .

So we settled down in our 1930’s LNER Gresley Teak coaches for an evening of Indian Fayre , Riding up the line to Grosmont and back .

To start with we had Poppadoms and 3 Pickles , then a plate of Onion Bhaji , Vegetable Samosa and Lamb Samosa . For the Mains Melanie went for a Chicken Tikka Masala and I went for the Chicken Korma , both came with Pilau rice and garlic Naan bread . For pudding there was an individual Trifle .

What a great way to spend a lovely Friday Evening , Seeing the line at a different time in beautiful 1930’s splendour . Would definitely do it again !

August 5th

Woke up to a lovely sunny morning , so after breakfast we walked along to Levisham Station to catch the train to Goathland to do the ‘Rail Trail’ Walk to Grosmont . We had Lunch at the Goathland Hotel (or the Aidensfield Arms to you ‘Heartbeat’ fans…..) , They do cracking meals , I had a wonderful Ploughmans with two lovely Yorkshire Blue cheeses and Melanie had their Burger .

The Starting Point , Goathland Station

So off we went on the Rail Trail , it follows the original course of George Stephensons Whitby to Pickering line from Goathland through Beck Hole to Grosmont , luckily it’s mostly downhill to Grosmont !

It’s a lovely walk , once on the outskirts of Goathland , it’s into woodlands down to Beck Hole ‘ passing a few past relics of the railways (a few remaining bridges . Then it’s open farmland mainly to Grosmont , you can still see and hear the railway most of the way , then when you get to Holm house you run parallel to the ‘new’ line , nearly right up to Grosmont Motive Power Depot .

You climb over the Tunnel , getting a good view of the MPD as you head upwards before decending into Grosmont Village .

The End ! Grosmont Station

A visit to the railway Tavern was called for , for a rewarding pint after the walk before catching the train back to Levisham .

August 6th

Another Sunny Morn and today we were staying local , we noticed an event advertised at the Local station , An afternoon of ‘Shadows’ Music in the Paddock with Real Ale Bar and light Refreshments , so off we went for a walk down the road !

The event was organised by the Shadows Guitar Club East Yorkshire (yes it exists….) , So after getting a pint for myself and a white wine for the good woman , we settled down to listen to some sixties music . The first bit was basically members playing along to backing tapes ‘Hank’ style . The rest of the day was 3 tribute bands ( Legend , The Shadows Music and the Fenton Four ) doing covers , They were very good , as was Kevin the host , an enjoyable afternoon with a few drinks , pies , Ice cream with Steam Trains passing by every so often !

August 7th

A rainy start to the day so we headed off for a drive , We ended up in The Model Centre in Beck Hole where I ended up making a couple of purchases , a Class 08 shunter and a Thompson B1 4-6-0 . Melanie wanted to have a look at the village as we’d never drove through it before , small but very pretty . We then headed into Pickering to pick up some supplies and have a spot of lunch in the Black Swan , We both went for the Fresh Whitby Crab Salad . After a look at the Market and a visit to lidl’s we headed back to the cottage to spend the rest of the day relaxing in the conservatory .
August 8th

A rather wet day to say the least !

But it didn’t stop us doing a walk , we headed back up to Goathland to go to the Mallyan Spout . So once again we took advantage of the handiness of the train and headed north .
Once again we stopped for lunch at the Goathland Hotel , Melanie had Whitby Scampi and I went for a lovely Yorkshire Pudding full of prime Leg of Lamb !

So off we went following the same path as Saturdays walk until we got to Incline Cottage and we took a left , there was an awful lot of water about and not just in the Becks ! There were quite a few ups and downs as well , quite a physical walk in the rain , we eventually reached a spot that seemed to be where the spout was but couldn’t see a way to get the final walk to it as it was very wet and there didn’t seem to be a safe path to it . so we headed off in the direction of Goathland this time emerging at the far end of the village (next to the Spout Hotel) , we made our way back to the station (some would say squelching….) and caught the train back to Levisham , where when arriving at the cottage a warm bath was called for and lots of drying of sodden clothes…..
BTW not everything ‘Waterproof’ is……

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Dunstanburgh Wildlife

We enjoy a good walk in our local area especially up the stunning Northumberland coast , we’ve walked to Dunstanburgh a few times from Low Newton by the Sea but this time we decided to do it from the home of the Great Kipper – Craster . We also took the chance to use our National Trust Memberships and have a look around the Castle .

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Now as it happens the Castle is home to a sea bird colony on the cliffs so it gave me a chance to hone my wildlife photography skills……..

Razorbills

Shags

On the way around the castle i noticed a Kestrel out on the prowl……

It even rested on the old keep……

It was amazing to watch this raptor in flight in so close proximity .

Watch the Birdie !

Over the past few years i’ve been trying to get back seriously into my photography (time permitting ) , I’ve been into it even longer than the whisky ! I used to be into it at School , i was a member of a local camera club , the first thing i done when i started work in 1978 was to purchase a decent 2nd hand SLR , The Yashica FR , a superb camera that served me many a year , but as with all things interest lapsed when other things got in the way……

It was the mid to late 90’s when i next picked up an SLR , this time i went for a Canon , an EOS 500n (incidentally this year is the 30th anniversary of the EOS System) , that served me well for a good few years but then ‘Digital’ beckoned and staying with Canon i moved on to the EOS 400D . This one served me well but at some point i realised it’s limitations and decided to sell a few bottles of whisky and move onto a serious system , so a 7D and some serious glass was purchased . Since then i’ve moved up to full frame ( 6D then 5D Mark IV ) and added more glass . The one thing i do love is photographing nature (as well as the Steam Trains…..) , being members of the National Trust gives us the ideal situations to do so as their grounds are good places to spot Birds , Squirrels etc , one of our favourite places is Wallington especially at their hide , these photos are from our most recent visit……

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Greater Spotted Woodpecker , we could actually hear this bird rat-tat-tatting long after we’d seen it , a lovely quirky little bird .

The Blue Tits are quite common at Wallington , as are the Chaffinches , this one being the female .

This was the first time we’d seen Bramblings , another member of the finch family .

There seemed to be a lot of Wrens floating about on this day , a beautiful little song bird .

Two of the more popular birds at the hide , the Nuthatch and the male Chaffinch .

Away from the hide on the Riverside walk another new spot for us , Grey Wagtails .

Another Wren !

The Current set up used at the hide.

Now i now i’m not the greatest photographer in the world , you are always learning , but it gives me great pleasure , gets me a bit of exercise and an odd Scone or two along the way !

There are a lot more photographs on my Flickr page HERE

Melanies Birthday Treat

As you get older not only does one birthday seem to roll in to another but it gets harder to buy your loved one a Birthday Present , so we tend to take each other away for a weekend and give each other a little treat . This year i decided to take Melanie away to Grosmont in the North Yorkshire Moors for her Birthday , a couple of nights in the Station Tavern , i also booked a trip on the Heritage NYMR on one of their Pullman trains .

We arrived in Grosmont Late afternoon in glorious sunshine , The Tavern is right next to the railway station and has 3 rooms for accommodation , we’d took the Queen suite as it was the only one that looked over the station , it is quite a large room , well decorated with a few quirky features . Upon arrival we had a drink before settling into our room , after freshening up we returned to the bar to have a bite to eat and a few more drinks , the food we have to say is very tasty and of quite large portions , the menu has a good selection of standard pub fayre . I have to say this room has one of the best alarm clocks around , at 7.55am we were woken up to the sound of a steam train and it’s lovely whistle , this one being the visiting ‘Royal Scot’ .

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the view from our bedroom window and the ‘Alarm Clock’

5 or 10 mins later we had a Black Five giving us a reminder ! At 9am we went downstairs for a lovely breakfast , before heading out for a morning wander and a visit to the engine sheds . The town was heaving with visitors to see the ‘Royal Scot’.

We returned briefly to the hotel for a coffee and to change before heading back to the station to catch our train !

This Pullman had a special Scottish menu for the visit of the Royal Scot , For Starters Melanie had the Oak Smoked Scottish Salmon , i had the Scotch Broth , For the mains Melanie went for the Chicken Supreme and i had the Prime Roast Aberdeen Angus Sirloin . For the Puds Melanie had the Drambuie Trifle and i went for Cheese Board which came with a rather large dram of Whisky !

Hmmm……. Which wine……

Birthday Girl !

Pint of your Finest !

The meal was very good and the service was outstanding , It certainly was an experience traveling through one of the most beautiful areas in the UK in the lovely Pullman Coach being pulled by a Steam Engine ! We will be repeating it !!!!

We spent the evening in the bar of the Station Tavern before retiring to bed……

On the Sunday after another Alarm call from a Black Five and a superb Breakfast we bid farewell to Grosmont and went for a drive through the North Yorkshire Moors before heading home only stopping off at Nunnington Hall for a National Trust Scone……

One of the local residents showing off…….