Stanhope, Livingston & Manchester – December 2018

Due to a death in the family, we traveled to Livingston, Scotland for the funeral in early December 2018,

Sunday 2nd

Dad, Rachel and I departed home in the Volvo via the A1 travelling north Stopping for lunch at Brownhills Motorhomes in Newark, before a few more hours traveling north on the A1 to our base for the next 2 days Heather View Leisure Park in Stanhope, County Durham. Dad had organised this and had booked a 3 bedroom caravan, which as it turned out was less than 18 months old so still had that new feel to it. 

Monday 3rd

We departed the Leisure Park going across country/moors until we found the A68, we briefly stopped at the England/Scotland Border for my obligatory silly selfie, continuing our travels north into Scotland we arrived in Livingston before lunch, we parked up at Livingston Designer Outlet for 2 reasons,

1. I needed shoe laces as one of mine decided to snap that morning,

2. Lunch was needed

After lunch I popped into the Vans store where I found a nice pair of “Peanuts/Charlie Brown” Vans in my size for less than ¬£11 #bargain , we then drove the short distance to the local ASDA store so Dad and Rachel could stock up on Haggis, Breakfast Sausage & Macaroon bars.

It was nearly time for the funeral so we made our way to crematorium 

After the service we moved onto the wake in the Pub “Murray Bar” in Polbeth. After a few hours it was time to bid our family members good-bye and to start the near 3 hour drive back to the Caravan in Stanhope. This time Google Maps suggested we take the A74(M) and A679 as we arrived back the temperature had dropped to almost freezing so driving over the moors was fun and taken at a slow pace.

Tuesday 4th

Leaving the Caravan after breakfast, We booked out and then took a quick look at the Railway station of “The Weardale Railway Trust” that was just down the hill from the leisure park, we then drove south looking for the A1 and then piled on the miles until Leeds where-by we turned west towards Manchester on the M62 for our lunch stop at the Hard Rock Cafe, Parking in the Arndale we took a short walk to the Hard Rock Cafe, after we’d eaten we departed Manchester slowly in traffic eventually finding the M6 then the M1, until we arrived back home around 20:00 during this time, Rachel had decided to start counting Eddie Stobart trucks, I think the final count was well over 130

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