Club Trip to Burn Hall, April 2019

Club Trip to Burn Hall, 2nd – 5th April 2019

Tuesday 2nd April
It was left to all of those on the trip to make their own way to Burn Hall, we set off at 10-30 and first called at the pretty village of Askham Richard which has many pretty houses clustered around the village pond. We passed the women’s prison and then stopped at The Grange garden centre and coffee shop which is run by inmates ready for release. There we met Tony and Kath also on their way. We enjoyed a very reasonable cup of coffee and a huge slice of cake each. The plants and gardening decor are made by the prisoners and are good value.

We then went on to Beningborough Hall (N.T) which is well worth visiting as it is very interesting and has lovely gardens and eating facilities. From there we travelled about 6 miles and arrived at Burn Hall near Huby, a large modern hotel. The room we got was fine and we prepared for dinner at 6-30 (prompt)! Dinner was a 3 course affair and was followed by a pleasant chat in the bar and doing 2 Yorkshire quizzes prepared by Tony Lucas. Much fun was had by all.

Wednesday 3rd April
We met up for breakfast at 9-00 and then gathered for coffee and biscuits at 11-00 to peruse the days run. The run was called “The Bilsdale Run” and was first put on last year in August. The weather was awful and it was a bank holiday and a lot of people were away so only 4 cars attended. Linda and Phil Bennett, club members who organised the run modified it slightly to start at Burn Hall and I must say it was a run not to be missed. Leaving Burn Hall we passed through the village of Huby onto Stillington and then entered the village of Crayke past verges full of daffodils and primulas. Crayke is an interesting Anglo Saxon village, mentioned in the Domesday Book (Crec) with a fine 15th century castle and church. From here we headed towards Coxwold passing Newburgh Priory a very imposing building with a large lake and rows of ducks sitting on the wall watching the cars go by. From Coxwold we travelled onto Byland, past the ruined abbey and onto Ampleforth where there is the catholic abbey and college, and onto Helmsley. It was quite busy in Helmsley where most people stopped for coffee/toilets/shopping etc. although parking was not easy (it never is). Leaving Helmsley we travelled down a steep and narrow road to the village of Hawnby and continued towards Osmotherley. This road was the best on the route with flowers at the roadside, young lambs to avoid in the road as it twisted and turned over the moors and through a pretty ford. If the heather had been out it would have been even more spectacular. Osmotherly village was busy with parked cars and then we passed under the A19 into Ellerbeck, Brompton before reaching our destination at Strikes garden centre in Northallerton where tables had been reserved for us in the cafe area. The total mileage (for those that did not get lost) was 52. A half hour run back to the hotel was followed by the evening meal, 2 more quizzes and a few drinks. Many thanks to Linda and Phil for providing a very enjoyable run.

Thursday 4th April (free day)
On a beautiful day after breakfast members did their own thing. Some went home, others went to the birds of prey centre at the back of the hotel (free tickets available from the hotel),other people went to York where a free treasure hunt walk was provided by Sue Gough whilst we went to Whitby. After dinner the usual chat was interspersed with games of “Trembling Tower”!!

Friday 5th April
After breakfast most people went home while others went to York or Beningborough Hall, We went to the birds of prey centre and can thoroughly recommend it. It was very interesting and you got to handle some of the birds. From here we went to the Nuclear cold war bunker in Acomb (N.T.) well worth a visit to see 1960’s technology in action designed to keep us safe. A very enjoyable 4 days with good weather,lovely scenery and great company.

Jenifer and Stan Cox