Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Trio of Historic Towns in the North

A Coach Trip that I went on as a passenger recently took me to three historic towns in the North of England. It just happens that all three are towns to which I have taken my own Coach Trips, and led Guided Walks!

The excursion was one of the programme organised by Woods Coaches of Leicester. This is the excellent company from whom I hire coaches, so I always know the coach and driver will be good.

People are sometimes surprised to see me on somebody else`s trip, but the fact is that I enjoy doing it, and of course I can relax, being free of any responsibility.

On this occasion, after we left St. Margarets Bus Station in Leicester we proceeded up the motorway and made a stop at Tibshelf Services, where I was able to stoke up with a good breakfast.

Then it was up into North Yorkshire for a short stop at the historic old market town of Richmond. I was able to take some photos around the cobbled Market Place and imposing Richmond Castle.

We then made our way Northwards, through such places as Barnard Castle and Staindrop and passing Raby Castle.

There was a longer stop at the ancient cathedral city of Durham, perched on the edge of the River Wear Gorge. More photos here, of course, including the magnificent Durham Cathedral, and I had a coffee at the cathedral`s good refectory.

Then it was on to Northumberland and Hexham, where of course I took more photos, especially of Hexham Abbey (now usually known as Abbey).

Leaving Hexham, we turned South, following a very picturesque route, and made a short stop at Wetherby Services.

Once again, it was a very good trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.