A new tour for 2022 takes in the beauty of the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Catherine Cookson country, the Yorkshire Moors and the coastal towns of County Durham including Saltburn, Redcar and South Shields.
The Blackwell Grange Hotel is a beautiful 17th century mansion that is peacefully situated in nine acres of its own grounds. The building commenced in 1693 and was completed in 1717 and the hotel was a private home until 1953. Hotel facilities include a leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna. All of the 108 spacious en-suite bedrooms feature a TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Northumbria, arriving late afternoon at the Blackwell Grange Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served on arrival which is followed by time to settle in before this evening’s dinner.
This morning we head to South Shields, home of the late Catherine Cookson where we are joined by our local tour guide. We drive along the coast road on our way south past Marsden Bay, Whitburn and Seaburn with guided commentary. We finish back in South Shields where we can enjoy lunch, before returning to Darlington for the rest of the afternoon – perhaps visit the indoor market or explore the high street.
Our day starts with a drive to the thriving market town of Northallerton where a visit to the stunning Joe Cornish Gallery is not to be missed. This is a display of absolutely stunning landscape photography of the North of England, then treat yourself at the local branch of Betty’s famous tearooms. Next, we head to Saltburn, home to the first pier to be built on the north east coast and the last one remaining, the local fish and chip restaurants are to be recommended. Our final call is a little way along the coast at Redcar, home of the newest pier to be built – this one is vertical!
A day of scenic beauty as we make for the small market town of Stanhope, right on the edge of the Pennines. A stop here allows time to explore, maybe visit the Durham Dales Centre or Lime Tree Gallery. Now on through the rugged terrain of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the town of Alston, England’s highest market town, with a variety of tea rooms and cafes, as well as independent shops, it’s an ideal place for a lunch stop. Next we enjoy the natural wild beauty of Teesdale as we descend to popular and historic Barnard Castle for our final visit of the day.
After breakfast we enjoy a scenic drive through the North Yorks Moors National Park before descending steep Sutton bank to join and make use of the motorways on our drive south, arriving in our home areas late afternoon after an unforgettable break in County Durham.
Insurance Premiums are renewed from 1st January 2022. If you are making a booking after this date the rate will be revised from that shown in our brochure.
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