A Weekend Off!
We decided to have a long weekend away, taking in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Early on Friday morning, we set off towards the M1 and Whitby passing through Pickering – where the North Yorks Moors Railway starts and where we were booked to stay for a couple of nights. On to Whitby and our first port of call – the Abbey. Passing through the town it was strange to see a name which I had not heard of since I left school in Lichfield in 1954, Caedmon. At our school there were three ’Houses’ – Spencer, Chaucer and Caedmon. We were told that they were poets but, although I had heard of the first two, I had never heard of Caedmon before or since. Apparently he was the earliest English poet to be remembered by name and became a Monk in Whitby Abbey. The Abbey proved to be well worth the visit and we ate our lunch there, overlooking the bay, in the warm breeze.
Lunch over, we left the Abbey and went down into the town for a look round. The old life-boat came up the estuary, returning from a short trip taking passengers around the bay. That seemed like a good idea so off we went on the next trip. The weather was fine and the sea calm – just right! While we were on the boat we heard a steam whistle and were told that it was the local steam bus – a Sentinel called ‘Elizabeth’, so, back on dry land, off we went in search of the bus stop and had a trip around Whitby with Vern and Viv.
Saturday morning, early breakfast and a walk to the station to catch the first train of the day to Grosmont, over the North Yorkshire Moors. Of course, we had to visit Goathland, home of ‘Heartbeat’ also known as AidensfieldA great day on a great railway with a bit of a problem after lunch due to the hot, dry weather and a fire on the moors.
After we got back to Pickering we decided to have a quick trip to Scarborough. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, we didn’t stay long – just fish and chips on the front, a look at the sweeping bays and we found the building used when filming the hospital scenes in the ‘Royal’.
Next day it was the start of the long trip home – via Rievaulx Abbey and Nunnington Hall – both lovely places to visit. At Rievaulx there was a display of old crafts such as pottery and wood-turning, all before the days of electricity – fascinating. Then we went to see the Abbey from the Terrace and temples – a marvellous view over the Abbey and countryside.
Back to the car again for the final visit of the weekend – Nunnington Hall. Another lovely place, with the added attraction of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang on the lawns. The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms is housed in the attic, fully furnished in the styles of different periods, and is worth a visit in its own right.