Barnard Castle, Whitby,Warmfield

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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John and Christine's home

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sunday and Monday were spend in a township called Barnard Castle. No particular reason for going there, just a few days of R&R and a break from playing tourists. A lovely caravan park, good site and we were ready to veg out for a couple of days. We did not realy want to be on the road due to the long weekend here, which usually means very busy on the roads. We did intend to walk to the township on the Monday but as unusual as it may sound, we woke up to the pitter patter of raindrops which increased in intensity during the day. This is realy a nice way of saying " it bloody poured down " We did not mind as it gave us a good excuse just to stay in Charlie and relax. Thoroughly enjoyed our day, some reading and some sleeping and even some tellie to look at.
Woke up to a lovely clear and sunny day yesterday. Our plans were to drive to our friends home John and Christine, who we met in Wales earlier on our trip, and visit them for a few days. Also we wanted to visit Whitby, which is on the coast, so drove via Whitby. Whitby is known for its beautiful location and the best fish and chips in the UK, which we planned to have there for lunch. Do you recall those 20 million tourists that were following us at one stage? We thought we had dumped them a long while back but horror of all horrors they met up with us in Whitby, and all wanting fish and chips for lunch. Bugger, not a good plan after all. We were naive enough to think that it being a Tuesday and the bank holiday finished we would be ok, but that was not to be.Also not a parking spot to be found, all full so we ditched the lunch break in Whitby and looked at the Whitby Abbey instead. Awesome sight, it is eerie, grand, magnificent, beautiful and whatever other expression you can think of. It is in ruin but still paints a grand picture. It stands on top of the hill and dominates the whole scene. It would have been an awesome sight in its hey day.Nice visit. We decided to drive to a little place called Robin Hood Bay and have some lunch there. Another surprise, could not get a parking space and people were queing up to get a space, waiting for someone to leave so they could have their spot. Did a u turn real quick, drove a little way up the road, stopped at the local pub, plenty of parking spaces and the best fish and chips we have ever tasted. Lovely to sit there, it was warm enough to sit outside as well. Great decision. Tummies full and feeling good we started making our way to Warmfield where our friends live. Still sunny and warm, a nice drive as well. Arrived here about 4.30pm. Spend a lovely evening chatting and enjoying a couple of reds and a beer. Very very nice and it rounded off a good day.
This morning it is pouring with rain but we are hopeful that it will ease off later on in the day and will try to go for a drive. If not, it does not matter, we will enjoy each others company.

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