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Mainsgill Farm – Christmas Eve 2009

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Mainsgill Farm entrance

Mainsgill Farm entrance (24 December 2009)

A trip north from London to Glasgow on 23/24 December saw us visiting Mainsgill Farm on the A66 on the east side of The Pennines. We nearly did not get to it as the prevailing weather conditions has resulted in the A66 being closed, however thanks the wonders of technology the trafficmaster interface on my SatNav, we were alerted to a accident westbound on the M62 (our alternative means of crossing The Pennines) and the A66 being open led us to using that route.

Located just off the A66 in North Yorkshire, near Richmond, we discovered Mainsgill Farm on a previous trip north. The entrance was marked by a round bale of hay made to represent a turkey.

In keeping with the season, the field between the road and the A66 have been furnished with a shepherds and sheep scene, with the sheep and sheepdog made out of bales of hay. This had been added to be recent falls of snow.

The tearoom associated with Farmshop provides excellent refreshments, and on this occaision it was closing early, however we were in time to have bacon rolls, before deciding what to buy from the farmshop.

Also the “stable” – well really the barn – was visited and a camel and donkey were found.

If you are ever travelling on the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner, Mainsgill Farm is well worth a visit.

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Santa at Mainsgill Farm

Santa at Mainsgill Farm (24 December 2009)

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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