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Steam Railways in Yorkshire with John & Netty

  Steam Railways in Yorkshire  

We headed to Pickering railway station which is right in the middle of the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. We travelled on a beautiful steam train trough stunning countryside to Goathland station, where many of the Harry Potter films were filmed. We then went into the village of Goathland for a wander. The village is also famous for the TV programme, Heartbeat, which was filmed here for many years. 

In Whitby we walked around the harbour and watched people crabbing. We treated ourselves to an ice cream in the warm sunshine. Everyone was keen to walk to the end of the pier taking in the stunning coastal scenery.

At  Skipton railway station we boarded The Dalesman train which was going to take us to Carlisle. We passed through some stunning countryside taking in the amazing sites of the Yorkshire Dales and moorland. We travelled over the Ribblehead Viaduct which is a quarter of a mile long with 14 arches towering 104 feet above ground. A truly amazing experience! 

We arrived in beautiful Carlisle and had a stroll around the town before going into the majestic Cathedral which was 900 years old. It had the most amazing stained glass windows and the biggest organ we had ever seen. 

Another day we visited the Wensleydale Creamery. Here we watched a cheese making demonstration, which was fascinating, followed by a yummy cheese tasting session.

In Keighley railway station we boarded a stream train to Haworth. What a beautiful train and lovely journey as well. We had a walk around Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters. We sat and had some lunch in the sunshine before visiting the Bronte sister’s house and museum where we loved reading all the information about them. 

The National Railway museum was huge and housed so many steam trains, modern trains and carriages of old and new. We listened to a talk on the Royal Families train carriages and viewed the magnificent carriages equipped with bedrooms and bathrooms. We saw the flying Scotsman and also the Mallard which we learnt was the fastest train in its day. 

Butlins, Fun & Dancing with Isobel & Colin

   Butlins, Fun & Dancing   

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!

At the funfair we went on the Carousel, Bumper Cars and Go Karts. We tried our luck at Hook the Bag and won some superb prizes to take back home with us!

At the Seal Sanctuary we watched the rescued baby seals at feeding time which were being nursed back to health and eventually, they will be released back into the sea. We fed the greedy goats and alpacas before heading into the Tropical House where we watched all the beautiful, different coloured species of butterflies fluttering around, amongst the glorious display of flowers and plants.

We went to the seafront and had a lovely walk on the beach before going along the promenade where we popped in and out of the small shops to buy postcards, sticks of rock and souvenirs. A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream!

 We were all looking forward to a few games of bowling. With great team spirit and some friendly competition some fantastic strikes were had with some big scores too! 

During our week, we saw some fantastic show from the Redcoats entertainment team! We watched tributes acts, bands, pantomime and even a magician!

 All the shows had us all up singing and dancing with the Redcoats who joined us on the dance floor. We danced the night away with smiles on our faces.

We played adventure golf with some great putting on this challenging but fun course. Some of us only took two shots on some of the holes. Amazing! We laughed a lot through the course as it was such fun!