New Tour for 2017
Tour Recce Trips
Friday 5 May
Completed a recce of the route through Durham City today, it proved very worthwhile as there are some sections that have been completely closed to all traffic (including footpaths) as a result of some major landslips along the banks of the river. The civil engineering work to repair the damage is extensive and may not be completed by the time we arrive in Durham, 21 August. I have researched a detour that will by-pass the problem sections discovered today, I’ve also booked lunch at The Meadows Cafe, Rainton.
Friday 28 April
We called in to the Methodist Church Hostel this morning and met with the owner Denise. The place has a wonderful ‘quirkiness’ about it, there’s everything we require including a decent drying room (just in case). The bedrooms are pretty much standard hostel style, but with plenty of room, showers are in keeping with the excellent showers at Keswick YHA. Here’s a flavour of what to expect….
Thursday 13, Friday 14 & Saturday 15 April
Starting this recce on Walney Island and finishing at Bishop Auckland, here is a report of what we (me and Anne) found out and a few photographs we took during the trip.
The start (or finish) of the W2W, in our case it’s the start on Walney Island. Not as celebrated as some of the tours we’ve offered, just a couple of W2W signs wrapped around a nearby lamp post, it’s a bleak place on a cold and windy day.
Furness Abbey, the route passes this as it exits Barrow.
Morecambe Bay, the view as the route descends toward Grange Over Sands.
The promenade at Grange Over Sands, lunch stop on day 1.
The Brewery Arts Centre, location for our evening meal during our stay at Kendal.
Tan Hill, the highest point on the W2W, it is remote open moorland country on day 3 of the route.
Heading to Bowes, our lunch stop on day 3 of the tour.
Sunday 26 February
We called in to M6 Junction 38, Tebay, to take a break from the dreadful weather on our way back home. J38 is the venue for our lunch break on day 2 of the tour, the excellent farm shop provides an opportunity to pick-up a few special gifts and luxuries.
Friday 24 February
I called in to The Manor House, West Auckland (4th Night Accommodation) to check the place out. Although preparations for a wedding were in progress I was able to look at the various reception rooms and restaurant, these were all very comfortable. The swimming pool was in use at the time and I didn’t really think it appropriate to wander in and start taking photographs. Unfortunately the former Methodist Chapel/ Hostel at Kirby Steven (3rd Night) was closed when I arrived, but I was able to establish that the access path to the lockable bike store is long and very narrow, it will need some careful manoeuvring to get our bikes stored.
First Night, Barrow in Furness – Accommodation.
Second Night, Kendal – Accommodation
Third Night, Kirby Steven – Accommodation
Fourth Night, West Auckland – Accommodation
More details to follow soon….