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YDCCC - Dales Trail 2019



Report and Photographs by John Gill, additional Photographs Julie Swales

The Dales Trail is our big charity run of the year, this year our members chose to support Age UK, North Yorkshire and Darlington branch. Adrian Lindop the local area manager came to our September club night to give members a talk on the work carried out by the local branch. Age UK offer a wealth of support to people over the age of 50. They offer home visits, befriending services and an extensive range of good quality activities which they publicise in their “What’s On” every three month, the activities are held in their Northallerton branch on East Road Northallerton, it operates like a drop in centre everyone over 50 is welcome to call in.

The morning of the run dawn bright and sunny but disaster struck! I could not get our MGB started, Jim Clark club member, our mechanical genius was away for the weekend at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Northern Section annual weekend away along with some other members of our club so was not available to get us proceeding as they say in the Rolls-Royce world. We had to get the everyday car out and set off to the meeting point, but we were nearly an hour late by this time so decided not to follow the run but be ready to take pictures on the return of the cars.

We had 29 cars on the run which is not a bad number for our relatively small club, as I noted earlier a number of our members are in other car clubs and at this time of year there are bound to be clashes of events; it should be noted that a number of members who could not make it on the day donated generously to the charity beforehand.

The event started and finished at Romanby Golf Club in Northallerton it is a marvellous setting for a game of golf but also a splendid venue to host a classic car event. Tea and coffee were provided in the club house and registration was handled by our very able club secretary Sheila Mason.



This year the organisers decided to head off east in the opposite direction to the Yorkshire Dales and tackle the North York Moors (NYM) for a change. The North York Moors became a National Park in 1952, it covers an area of 554 square miles and has 26 miles of coastline. There are 1408 miles of public Rights of way for the more active among us. The highest point of the North York Moors is Urra Moor at a height of 1489 feet above sea level. The Moors contain the largest expanse of heather moorland in England and Wales.

The NYM is a European Special Protection Area for Merlin and Golden Plover and is internationally renowned as a haven for ground nesting birds. The NYM is home to the most northerly colony of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly and the southernmost place for the dwarf Cornel.

Woodland and forest cover 22 percent of the National Park and has one of the largest concentrations of ancient and veteran trees in North England.

There are 700 scheduled monuments within the NYM and around 3000 listed buildings. There are 1500 boundary stones and crosses in NYM area. Lila Cross is one of the oldest Christian monuments in England dating from 626AD.

You can see from the above that we were in for a treat with such beautiful scenery, wildlife and ancient buildings, a perfect setting for some classic cars.

The route took us from Northallerton to Osmotherly and past Cod Beck reservoir running north over Battersby Railway crossing. Battersby Junction was once famous as the start of the railway incline which was used to bring wagons laden with ironstone down from Rosedale mines. The incline was so steep (1 in 20 or 20%) that a pulley system was used the weight of the descending full wagons being used to haul the empty wagons up the incline.

We wended our way round to Rosedale Abbey, there has never been an Abbey in Rosedale but between the 12th and 16th centuries there was a Cistercian Priory on the site of the village. Rosedale is a picturesque village with shops cafes and inns, a number of entrants stopped here for a comfort break. We left Rosedale straight up Chimney Bank; this road vies with Hardknott pass in Cumbria for the title of steepest road in England with a gradient of 1 in 3. I am pleased to say all our cars made it up the bank!

We drove ever onwards the next stop being Hutton-le-Hole, what is in a name? The village was mentioned in the Doomsday book as Hoton with eight resident families. The name has changed over the years from Hedge - Hoton to Hoton under Hedge, Hewton, Hutton in the Hole and in the 19th century Hutton-le-Hole, the derivative of the current name is not known but is thought that Hole refers to burial mounds, the village boasts 29 Grade2 listed buildings. Ryedale Folk Museum is situated in the village, this open-air museum has collections in historic buildings and portrays rural local life from Iron Age to 1950s. The route took us into Kirby Moorside and onto Helmsley we passed Yorkshire Gliding club and on to Kilburn the home of the Mouseman. If you watch any of the Antique programmes on BBC, you must be familiar with Robert Thompson. He was born in 1876 the son of a carpenter, when his father died in 1895 Robert took over the business, over the next 20 years he developed his skills as a craftsman. He was influenced by the work of the medieval woodcarver William Bromflet. By 1934 he had 30 craftsmen working for him producing furniture which was ship all over the world. The famous mouse motif first appeared in 1920. On the run back to the golf club we passed the White horse which is carved into the hill side above Kilburn. It was cut in into the rock in 1857, the limestone is not white so initially it was whitewashed but is now covered in white stone chippings. During the war it was covered over to prevent it becoming a target for German bombers! Cars started arriving back at about three o’clock, we lined the cars in a semi-circle in front of the club house and most crews had some well-earned refreshment. After much discussion about the route, scenic delights and wildlife we had enjoyed it was time for the presentations.





Our Secretary Sheila Mason awarded the prize for crew who had travelled the greatest distance to get to the start of the event, in first place by some distance, was Gordon Russell who had travelled 122 miles from Nottingham in his MG TF.



Dave Simpson presented a cheque to Adrian Lindop from Age UK for £659.10, this was an excellent result for our small club and all members should, as Adrian said in his acceptance speech, be very pleased with their efforts and give themselves a pat on the back.



Finally, thanks to Craig and all the staff at the Golf club for hosting the event. Thanks to Bill Burton for doing all the printing which saves us a significant sun of money and special thanks to Tony and Sheila Mason for devising such a superb run.