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Headlam Hall - AUG 22

20hp Rally to Headlam Hall

Monday 8 August – Thursday 11 August 2022

This was a 4-day rally in beautiful countryside where Co Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumbria and Cumbria all meet. The area is famous for its scenery and its many river valleys called “dales”.  Headlam Hall is in Lower Teesdale, just north of Scotch Corner.  It has its own walled garden and is surrounded by a golf course and rolling countryside.  Most importantly Headlam Hall is a renowned car-club-friendly hotel, being owned and run by the Robinson family who own their own classic cars and have farmed in Headlam for four generations.

We drove along Teesdale and West Allendale to Langley Castle Hotel where we had lunch in a tipi.  Langley Castle is a 14th century fortification, converted into a modern hotel.  We drove back through yet more beautiful countryside along East Allendale and Weardale.

The next day we drove to Augill Castle, a 19th century castle, now a hotel.  We spent some time looking round the amazing house and gardens, and then had a late lunch, or rather a sunptious feast billed as a “sweet and savoury English tea”.  The route there went via Tan Hill where there is a famous and totally isolated inn, high up on the Yorkshire dales. It dates from the 17th century and at 1,732 feet (528m) it is the highest pub in England.  We drove back along another scenic route along the rivers Lune and Teesdale.

Unfortunately participant numbers were down due to lingering covid worries and we had several last-minute cancellations.  We were particularly pleased to welcome Bob Roberts who had brought his GUK76 all the way from New South Wales, Australia, in order to tour Europe and the UK.

A list of 20 and 20/25 owners is below: