Trip June 1st - 12th 2015
Bletchley Park, Crich Tram Museum, Chatsworth House, Buxton (Dales),
Failsworth (Place of birth), Yorkshire Moors, Malham Cove, York, Sherwood
At last, a couple of weeks away! We plan to take the motorhome North, taking
in Bletchley Park, Crich Tram Museum, Chatsworth House, my home town Failsworth,
Malham Cove, York and Sherwood Forest.
||Leaving home after the morning rush hour
we headed for a short ride along the M3 to the A34, M40, A43 and
A421arriving at Bletchley Park just before lunch.
two museums, one related to the Codebreakers and the other to
computers. We just took in the Codebreaker part, quietly wandering
the gardens and viewing the various huts the were used during WW2 by
the various groups who provided the enemies signals to the code
After a nice lunch at the sites restaurant we visited a live
demonstration of Colossus which was both interesting and
informative. I could imagine the scene as the Colossus whirred and
clackety clacked the many decoding wheels in some sort of magic
It was very interesting to see the sort of working and living
conditions the groups had in the course of their duties and the old
motorbikes and vehicles that were used to expeditiously distribute
the decoded signals to the appropriate authorities. The visit was
good value for money. We left Bletchley for our first overnight stop
at Boycott Farm at Stowe.
is a free Britstop farm shop. It has basic facilities and the
breakfast was excellent. We would visit here again.
We had a restful day before moving on toward Crich.
Our overnight stay was at The Firs, Belper (Caravan Club). A very
good site with all facilities.
||After breakfast we were on
our way again in the direction of Crich Tram Museum. It was a fairly
short distance and we arrived just before lunch. The museum is
brilliant and I have never seen so many working trams in a true to
life setting. We paid our 'old' penny fare for a ride on a tram up
and down the line before having a snack lunch at the sites cafe.
One sad point of the visit was that there was a funeral for one of
the museums engineers.
After Crich we headed for the campsite at Chatsworth Park in
readiness to visit the house.
||Again a very
nice site and good facilities. With time on our hands it gave us the
opportunity to put together our plans for the next parts of our
Chatsworth House was a delightful place and excellent value
for money. Lunch was impressive too. One of the best stately homes
|Our next objective was The
Cat & Fiddle where I used to cycle to, as a teenager, from
Manchester. The pub was still there albeit a little grubby and tired
looking so after quick beer and elderflower water we moved on.
||Journeying through Buxton
turned out to be eventful when a delivery van travelling in the
opposite direction broke my offside wing mirror. Thankfully it was
only my mirror that was broken, but usable.
The short journey to Spray House Farm took us through the open
dales of Derbyshire with marvellous views The farm was on top of a
hill with stunning views of Derbyshire and the valleys around us.
The farmers wife was very friendly and helpful and although the
facilities were limited to electric our stay was very pleasant. Ben,
our dog, loved it.
We also met a man with two people searching sheepdogs. It was
impressive to see him training them to seek out the hidden training
Being on top of the hill on a windy night was quite a new
experience with the noise of the wind howling and the motor home
rocking about. Nice to be tucked into our warm bed with a cup of hot
chocolate and the heater on.
We were up bright and early, having been wakened by the aircraft
coming into Manchester Airport, and set off to look around my home
hardly the same but I did recognise the house I was brought up in.
We moved on toward Huddersfield via Oldham and Greenfield my
youthful stomping ground. Stopped on the moor top at a pub for lunch
before moving on to Dearne Head Farm.
It turned out that the farm was a rescue centre for Great Danes
and horses. Lovely place to stay and a bit off the beaten track. The
dogs were huge and they and the horses were smart enough to know
when it was feeding time; they made their way to the yard ready to
||Having had a
very nice stay at Dearne Head Farm we set off in the direction of
Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales. We managed to book into a very
popular Caravan Club site at Grassington.
This was the best site
we have visited so far and had all the facilities. We reckon we will
try and stay for longer next time.
We were up early and took the van to Malham Cove village. Having
not walked so far for a couple of years I took a chance and made the
effort to walk the mile or so to the Cove. It was well worth it and
I was delighted to make it in both directions. The scenery is unique
and impressive with the stream running from the foot of the cliff.
There were also quite a number of climbers at various heights on
their pitches - it took me back to my youth.
On our way back to the motor home we stopped to have afternoon
tea at a local cafe. Good Yorkshire tea and a generous helping of
home made cake.
Back on track to Grassington we took the opportunity to take in
the local country views by taking the back roads.
|Grassington to York was a
pleasant journey and the weather was just great. Luckily we managed
to get into the Caravan Club site at York for three nights. The site
is just a 5 minute walk from York centre.
Our first job was to get our bearings before settling down for a
peaceful evening and good nights sleep.
along the river side was lovely and we were on the bridge into town
within five minutes. Another five minutes and we were at the
entrance to York Minster.
After paying our entrance fee and then being told that the east
part of the Minster was closed - Argh! we took in what was
available, heading for the entrance to the crypt and tower. The
extensive work carried out on the foundations is impressive and very
well presented. Having been told the eastern part of the Minster was
closed for a private function I was ever so disappointed when told
it was extra to go up the tower; Oh! and we would have to trudge
back to the entrance to purchase the extra admission tickets. All in
all, not good value for money!
After the disappointment of the Minster we spent the next day
visiting the York Museum. Excellent value for money and absolutely
tremendous visuals, it was like returning to the 1800's. Our stay in
York was good and the weather was kind to us. Would certainly return
to York but would drop a visit to the Minster. Our next stop is to
be a camp site at Sherwood Forest.
|Couldn't believe the weather for our
journey south, it was a really nice sunny day. The roads around York
were quite busy but then eased off and we took in the views of the
passing green countryside as we went along.
A quick bite of a light lunch at a roadside restaurant and then
onward where we arrived at the Clumber Park campsite early
afternoon. The site was quite large and spacious with great access
to cycle paths and areas to walk the dog. Ben loved it, and I wonder
why he didn't wear his nose out!
||From Clumber Park we decided to
proceed south and take one more stop before home at Bladon Chains
near Oxford. Again the weather was kind to us and the roads not too
The campsite is on the Blenheim Estate just outside the
Palace garden wall.
Unfortunately, our pitch was next to the main road and therefore
quite noisy. OK for a quick en-route stopover but, for us, that is
||The last leg of our
journey was uneventful except that the traffic was significantly
heavier all the way home.
We succeeded in getting to all the
places planned and the weather turned out to be very much in our
favour. I can't honestly say which of our visits was best, they were
all very good with the exception of York Minster which although a
great venue was over priced and poor value for the money paid.
Now it's back home to plan our next adventure somewhere in the UK.
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