The Ultimate Touring Accessory

You have decided to drive to the South of France for your holiday and  you have got the fitted luggage but still need more space for all the sun cream and shorts. Well, Mazda have just the thing, a superbly made boot lid carrier with a matching case and leather straps. It is not cheap, but it is a thing of beauty and you only live once…..

The stainless steel rack has a built in repeater for the high level brake light and the case has rails which lock onto the rack to hold it securely in place. S G Petch have the full ensemble on special offer at the moment so take a look.

One bit of advice, last time I did the drive to Bordeaux I neglected to put sun block on my nose during the leisurely 3 day trip with the roof down and spent the entire holiday with a glowing red beacon in the middle of my face, so take care!

Heart of the Moors

You can enjoy one of the most magnificent views in the country as you turn off the A171 main road and begin the descent to the bustling village of Danby in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Home to the Moors Centre, where you can discover everything about the area, Danby is the perfect place for walkers to start their exploration of this beautiful and dramatic landscape. You can get a flavour of the many routes on the superb NYM Cam website, which is the best guide you will find.

Danby Moors Centre

If you prefer to drive east along the Esk valley and take in the lovely countryside then there are lots of pretty hamlets where you can stop for lunch or a Yorkshire cream tea. Get away from the masses, put the roof down and pootle through this quintessentially English landscape; you will always remember your visit with a smile.

The Historic Quayside

Hartlepool may not be the first place that comes to your mind for a day out, but if that is so then you are quite mistaken. The town is home to the finest maritime museum in the north, and don’t be misled by the title, this is a fully interactive centre which is alongside the beautifully restored frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in 1817.

The quay next to the ship has all the shops of the period faithfully recreated for you to browse and the superb visitor centre has an incredibly realistic diorama which shows you what life was like aboard a fighting ship in Nelson’s time.

Next to the historic quay is the Hartlepool museum which again is very modern and really fun for all ages. There is also a good restaurant next to the ship so you can make a day of it.We have taken many visitors and everyone has been delighted, so why not give it a try! To find out more just click on the logo:

The Joys of Open Top Motoring

Born in Durham in 1869, Lance Thackery was a talented  artist who produced gentle cartoons of Edwardian life which were popular all over the world. This card was posted in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1905. At first you were only allowed to write the address on the back of the card  and you had  to put your brief message on the front, so Thackery usually gave you a humorous line to get you started! You can see more of his cards at Whitbyweather.com

Getting All Steamed Up!

The Pickering Steam Rally takes place in the first week of August each year and is a really super day out. The largest steam rally in the north has a host of attractions, from traction engines to vintage cars and tractors to fairground rides. Come for the day or camp on the site for the weekend, there is so much to do and children absolutely love it! The weekend concludes with a huge firework display and you can see the complete programme of events on the Pickering  Steam Rally website.

When you need food after your busy day the best place to eat in Pickering is the Forest & Vale Hotel, right in the centre of the town close to the roundabout. This is a haven of peace and refinement with beautiful decor and excellent food at reasonable prices. It is very popular so you must book well in advance. To see more click on the link.

Pickering Castle

Just a short stroll from the forest & Vale Hotel.



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