… is how we both feel today. We have had a fabulous holiday travelling around the Western Isles, mainland Scotland and Northern England for the last 65 days.
We are now making our way back home to Kent and really looking forward to seeing our family and friends again.
We left our North York Moors campsite at Goathland today and stopped in that Railway Children sort of way at the bridge nearby to wave goodbye to ‘Chiru’ as she puffed her way over on her way down to Pickering.
Under the bridge some of the locals were hanging out…
Not wanting to say a final goodbye to ‘Chiru’ just yet, when we got to Pickering we managed to park by the level crossing and photographed her as she steamed over the crossing and into the station.
Here she was detached from her coaches and re-attached the other way round!
She was re-filled with water ready for her return journey back up the line.
We decided to drive over to the Dales before we finally left Yorkshire. Good to see the old Ritz cinema in Thirsk is still going strong.
We went as far west as Pateley Bridge before we turned south. It was still en fete from the Tour de France. Yellow bicycles everywhere…
… and boasting the oldest sweet shop in England!
Now it was time to seriously take to the road in a southerly direction on the A1(M). Awful traffic congestion and temperatures topping 27 degrees! What a change from yesterday’s 13! We had decided to stop overnight at one of our previous campsites – Bramley Farm in Cambridgeshire. We had a nice welcome from Joan and proved to be the sole occupant of her excellent little certificated site.
This is the final post of this marathon blog as tomorrow will see the final stage of our return journey to Kent and a stopover with Sally, Sean and the boys. I’m sure we’ll see the rest of our family very soon too. We’ve missed you all.
This has been a great trip and we’ve enjoyed sharing it with you all. Thanks for reading and, of course, for your comments!
Until the next Adventures with Bessie, goodbye!
Judy Beer said:
have loved all the blogs, will be nice to see you both again, but does mean I have to tidy the props room
What are you waiting for Judy? 🙂 See you Monday and thanks for keeping it all going.
Welcome back and thank you for another informative history lesson – I shall miss my morning read but it will be good to see you both again.
Looking forward to hearing all about the play!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the blogs and keeping track of what you’ve been up to. Here’s to the next adventure. See you later.
It’s been a wonderful read and great to see where you’ve been – the wonders of modern technology. 🙂
Sue Mann said:
As always a great and enjoyable read – very well done. Pleased you did the steam train ride and on a memorable day – had I been wearing the same red hat as I did 49 years ago perhaps I would have lost it somewhere down the line! Feel blessed to be living “up North” and so close to some of the wonderful sights you have seen in the last few days of your journey. Safe home – and until the next blog……