Across the border - to County Durham

Trip Start Mar 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 13, 2011

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Right, I'm into the County of the Bishop Kings now. Currently parked up in Barnard Castle but shortly to move on.


Sunday/Monday and into Tuesday

Not much to report today.  Drove from Gordale to Middleton-in-Tees, having abandoned plans to stop over in Swaledale.  Another day ahead of schedule!

I drove from Hardraw to Swaledale over Buttertubs Pass – another fabulous driving road.  Though I have to admit that I completely missed "The Buttertubs" which I was supposed to be visiting...

Am in Middleton to visit High Force tomorrow.  Had picked this campsite as being best placed for High Force but am a bit unsure about what I might have done....

The site is on the edge of town accessed down what seems to be an allotment/industrial/gypsy campsite type road.  The site itself is at the very end bordered by the River Tees meandering round it.  BUT....

Of the four other vans on the site, two are empty and two appear to be occupied by what look like travellers.  If I have wheels in the morning, I'll be out of here early.

And more, on the access road to the site, someone has built a small cemetery – yes a cemetery – in a field right next to the access track.  I think it’s probably for a dog but I’m not 100% sure it’s not for a person.  I’d post a photo of it but there’s no way I’m stopping to take one!  But if I do stop, I fear that the scrapyard opposite the personal cemetery might drag the bus in and offer me a tenner for it. I’m surprised there’s still a hadstone on the grave if I’m honest.

 A Town Planner might call it a “mixed development” road....  Then there was the sound of the “Dukes of Hazzard” car horn from along the road earlier this afternoon.

Rest assured I won’t be posting this on the web until I am well clear of Middleton-in-Teesdale.  (and the site owner has asked me to post a reference on his website – what can I say?!?!)

Noticed when I arrived here that the higher passenger side rear view mirror was giving me a fine view of, well, myself the driver!  On inspection, it became apparent that the series of impacts with shrubs, bushes etc had caused a partial failure of the metal (rust) and that it was now hanging by a thread!  I have straightened it (bent the metal back) – on more than one occasion as I continue to hit small branches – and now have a perfect view of the hedgerow?!?! Note to self: search Ebay for wing mirror when I get home.

So, I went to High Force – and Low Force.  If Shirl and I had visited Low Force when we were last up here and went to High Force, I might have remembered and not battled all the way up that big hill on my (Steve’s) bike – against the wind.  Still, it is quite imprerssive and worth a second visit..

That done, I checked I’d got four wheels and high tailed it out of town.  I hate to keep going on about fabulous driving roads but there’s another one – the B6278 from Stanhope to Derwent Water across Wearside – stunning!!

And that was probably as good as the day got.  After that I joined the A69 and A1 and saw more cars in an hour than I’ve seen in the last week. Awful...
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Miles on

Hi Phil, your blog is fantastic - quite a scribe!!!!
We must have just about passed each other on Friday mate when I was on the way back from Redcar on the A19/A168!! Thank god you were going the other way - bloody campers holding us working folks up!
Take care mate, will have another read during the week - Den and the girls send their love, all the best, Miles

shirley on

Please stop sending such fantastic views, I am getting very jealous!!

Taffy on

Well you seem well organised for your great adventure in the wild ha ha.Your pics of places visited look great, we are jealous.
Are you on track with the journey, lots of oil being used keep a careful eye on that as you travel.
All ok here in Wales, keep on posting the pics, speak soon. Taff

Becks on

Where the hell did you get that furry hat?!

Shirley on

The aforementioned was a gift from his beloved!!!!!

Helen on

The hat looks better if he wears it backwards!

Becks on

To quote my wise "old" mother, "It's not a fashion show"...If the wind was strong enough to bowl over large caravans, I'm sure the ear flaps came in very handy!

Neil on

Ignore any negativity pa - the hat looks stunning.

Looks + sounds like you're having a blast. I just got back from Brisbane - great weekend, came 9th out of 16 (not as well as expected but fun nonetheless) and have to go to work tomorrow. Sigh.

Keep the entries and photos coming - most entertaining.


cotysmore on

What's the issue with the hat guys? I'm 57 and can choose my own hats - and campervans!!!

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