With 2017 started, and planning for our 2017 holiday, we look back at 2016 holiday in North Yorkshire. Our original plans for 2016 had been to visit New Zealand, however family illness made that difficult to organise and it was fortuitous that we did not go as when we would have been in the air on the flight to Auckland, when New Zealand was hit by an earthquake which would have meant our plans for the south island would have put into disarray.
Anyway turning to the holiday we enjoyed in North Yorkshire. Our drive south, then east, on a September Saturday initially took us south down the M74 and M6 to Tebay Services. These are probably the best services on the motorway network. Whilst eating our lunch we watched the ducks on the pond.
After lunch our journey took us east along the A685 to the A66 and the east coast. At Middlesborough, our journey took us onto the A171 and A174 towards Whitby.
Our accommodation, Chainbridge Riverside Retreats, was in Ruswrap, just inland from Whitby on the River Esk. As with Tebay services, we had ducks to watch.
Having unpacked and fed Cosmo, we went for a walk along the side of the river to the centre of Ruswrap village. Whilst there, the last North Yorkshire Moors Railway train from Whitby to Grosmont came along, hauled by British Railway 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079.
After our walk, we went to The Stables at Cross Butts for an evening meal. The desert/pudding menu looked great and could not be missed.