Summer Holidays 2018 – Return to Newton Dale

This year we took our Holidays a bit later from our usual time , as it happened it was a blessing in disguise as if we’d took it at our normal time we probably would have had to cancel it as early in the summer Melanie broke her right humerus in 3 places ! We had to change our plans as she still wasn’t fit enough to do the planned walking so it ended up a lot more relaxing than usual !

We were returning to an area we got to know quite well last summer , Newton Dale or to be more precise Levisham Station , literally a stones throw (50yds ) from The North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station . Arriving on Early Friday Afternoon after a Lunch stop at the Fox and Rabbit in Lockton , our place of residence would be ‘The Rowntree Cottage’ at Grove House .

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I have to say it is one of the best Cottages we’ve stayed in , Beautifully decorated , well equiped , spotless and in a wonderful location . There was a lovely welcoming pack includinf a very tasty Homemade Yorkshire Tea Cake . You will notice that a lot of the photos are of the Locomotives of the NYMR , this is partly due to the lack of wlking and the close proximity to the Station and the view out of the back of the cottage from the patio / shared garden at the back !

 

The View from the back of the Cottage

After watching the last of the early evening trains we settled down for a quiet evening , a few drinks and lisening to the local Tawny Owls calling each other…..

The next day (Saturday) we went for our first (of many) trips on the railway , up to Grosmont for a wander and Lunch in the Station Tavern .

Standard Class 4 arriving at Levisham and the Q6 under test at Grosmont shed

Repton exiting Grosmont Tunnel and passing the Engine Shed

Class 26 and Class 37 at Grosmont

It was back to the Cottage for a few beers and Wines…..

The Sunday was spent visiting Pickering , having a cracking Sunday Lunch in the Black Swan and then picking up supplies in the town , a few more trains were watched at Levisham…..

Class 26 approaching Levisham

The Monday was spent on the Railway again with a trip to Whitby and back , there is no better way to spend a day than travelling just about the full length of the line , watching the world go by with a couple of beers along the way…….

Tuesday we were a bit more adventurous on our travels , we headed off to Yorkshires only Single Malt Distillery in Hunmanby , The Spirit of Yorkshire  .We got there just in time to do the Lunchtime Tour , It’s a bit of a strange distillery as the Brewing is done up at the Sister Brewery , The Wold Top , then is transported down to the Distillery for fermenting and distilling ! While we were on the tour we bumped into an old friend Joe Clark who is the Whisky Director at the Distillery . During the tour we tried the New Make (Extremely Fruity and Dangerously Drinkable) , At the end we got to try ‘The Work in Progress’  3 bottlings of blended spirit they’ve released , Blended by Joes fair hands , they will actually have whisky come next May when it reaches 3yo , They were all very good , 001 was my Favourite , 002 was Melanies (neither are available now ) but 003 still is . After having a bite to eat in their cafe , Joe treat us to a tasting of a cask or 3 , Most of the casks are stored up at the Brewery but they keep a few in the Distillery , the Bourbon barrel we tried was nice with a chocolatey overtone and the 2yo Oloroso and Fino casks were stunning !
They are doing a great job , they have an excellent New Make and are using outstanding wood
.One to watch in the future !

The Gannet is the Symbol of the Distillery due to the proximity of the RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliffs and see we were close to it and members of the RSPB it would have been rude not to visit it !

Afterwards we went for a drive through Bridlington (don’t think i’ve been there before….) , it was nice day in the Yorkshire Wolds , bumping into an old friend and trying a nice whisky to be !

 Wednesday was spent in Scarborough with Lunch in Ask looking over The Harbour , then it was across the road to The Harbour Bar for pudding , A Knickerbocker Glory !

Thursday was back on the train , this time to Goathland……..

Class 37 arriving in Levisham

Lunch was in ‘The Aidensfield Arms’ then it was a walk down the Rail Trail to Beck Hole and a visit to a pub we’ve been wanting to visit for a while , The Birch Hall Inn .

It’s a small but old pub , a bit like sitting in someones front room and the ‘bar’ is a serving hatch , it’s very popular and i can see why . It was also time for our tradition ‘Selfie on a Train’ , this one in a Classy 1930’s LNER Teak Coach .

Eric Treacy in Grosmont and visiting Spam Can ’92 Squadron’ on Shed

Friday was a quiet day , apart from watching the trains , drinking on the sunny patio and getting a rather nice Lemon Drizzle cake off the cottage owners !

Eric Treacy again……

On the 2nd Saturday we had a drive up to Beck Hole to visit The Model Centre and a visit to Moorgates to watch the trains go by…..


Not the famous one…..

On the Sunday we had a ‘Moorlanders Pullman’ Booked from Grosmont , so that was two return trips on the Railway (one can never do too many trips on the NYMR…..) So it was Levisham – Grosmont , Then Grosmont – Pickering Return on the Pullman and then Grosmont – Levisham ! Once again the Pullman Meal was superb , Melanie went for the Chicken Tikka Starter and i had the Salmon and Prawn Parcels , We both had the Topside of Beef mains and Melanie went for the Fruit Crumble for Pudding and i had the Lemon Meringue Pie . Always a beautiful way to spend a sunny Sunday Afternoon……

The Second Week was the quieter of the Two……

On the Monday Melanie took me out to Scarborough for my Birthday Meal , to ask again , then we had a lovely early evening drive back over the moors via Whitby .

Tuesday we just chilled out in the Cottage photographing trains , before heading off to The Buck Inn in Thornton le Dale for something to eat .

On the Wednesday we took one last train ride to Whitby , then headed up to our ‘Local’ (1 1/2 miles away) in Levisham Village , The Horseshoe Inn , for an Evening Meal . We tried to eat here last year but could never get in , we now know why , the food and service is fantastic !

For the penultimate day of the Holiday we drove up to Grosmont for one last visit and ended up having a sarnie in The Old School Coffee Shop , well worth a visit , lovely sarnies ! Also threw up some more photo opportunities …….

Later on we headed over to the Fox and Rabbit in Lockton for a bite to eat after packing up the suitcases ready for the early departure on Friday Morning .

Even though we didn’t quite have the Holiday we were originally planning we had a brilliant time in a beautiful place , the weather was pretty good over the two weeks apart from a couple of wet and windy days (we seem to get off lightly compared to the rest of the country) , The owners of the Cottage , Kay and David , are wonderful , they can’t do enough to make you feel so welcome . As i said earlier , it is one of the best Cottages we’ve stayed in , Beautifully decorated , well equiped , spotless and in a wonderful location . So good we are returning next summer , just a little bit earlier……

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A Grand Day Out

Suffering from North Yorkshire Moors withdrawl symptoms , we decided to head down to the Railway for a day out , the weather looked (and was ) a bit mixed but we never let a bit rain dampen our day…… We got down to Pickering in plenty of time for the 12pm train to Whitby . We took the road via Castleton and Hutton to travel to Pickering rather than the A171 / A169 , wilder and definitely more beautiful ! After a Sausage Butty in the Station Cafe we awaited arrival of our train , just as it did the heavens opened up……

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Our train today was the Black 5 45212 , Actually made on Tyneside at the old Armstrong Whitworth Factory at the end of 1935 . 

As always a Steam train arriving is always a majestic sight , even in a heavy downpour…..

The train was actually quite busy esapecially for the week after the school holidays had ended , So off we went up the moors to Whitby , the weather actually cleared for the rest of the day once we reached Goathland where we passed the other ‘Black 5’ on the line working the Afternnon Pullman….

We also got to take the obligatory ‘Train Selfie’

On returning to Pickering we headed off to Levisham to pass a bit of time before going off for something to eat and managed to catch the same Locomotive on it’s las run back up to Grosmont .

After a lovely meal at the Fox and Rabbit in Lockton we headed back home……

 

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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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…….