Our trip started at
Friday morning. With about 300 miles to go we left Essex, headed up the M11,
A14 and on to the A1 which we stayed on until Leeming then turned west over the
Yorkshire Dales. The weather was bright but blustery so the top stayed up until
we reached the Dales when the fresh air bug got to me and the top had to come
down. After about an hour of glorious driving we pulled in for a camera stop,
when the camera came out, the sun went in, the rain came down and the hood went
up! so that was that. We arrived at about 5pm so had time to unwind before
meeting in the bar for a pre dinner drink.
Saturday. Up bright and early, breakfast and into the car
park for a start.
At the rain stopped (how does Alan Shaw do
A convoy of 11 Panthers started to wend its way out along
the winding roads to the Slate Mine on the HonisterPass. An interesting hour and a
half tour was had at the working mine taking in its history and the geology of
how the slate was formed.
Phil Tucker obviously expected it to be cold as he kept his cap on!
From Honister we headed off to our lunch stop. After lunch a
few running repairs were made to one of the Limaís
(sticky brake calliper) and it was tops down for the rest of the days drive
(about 85 mile round trip).
The evening followed last nights format, drinks in
the bar, gourmet meal followed by coffee in the lounge ( I could get used to
Sunday.Some left after breakfast and some left after the
complimentary lunch which consisted of a three course meal (not your ordinary
roast beef and two veg). For those staying over it was a pretty much do as you
please day. In the morning Terry and I had a nostalgia trip round Ullswater (we
went there years ago when the kids were young). In the afternoon went
exploring, getting lost in country lanes that were so narrow you could hardly squeeze
a Kallista down them and sloshing around on flooded roads which was OK until
confronted by lunatic 4x4 drivers coming the other way.
Sunday evening, more food (slacken belt by two notches!).
Monday. Had breakfast, loaded up car and said our goodbyes,
departed at arrived back home at
Thanks must go to Alex and Alan Shaw for all of their hard
work in organising the weekend. Good trips, good hotel, excellent food, great
company what more could you ask. †