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We left Norfolk behind us and travelled north to Sutton on the Forest, a small village just north of the city of York. Here we were to rendezvous with 39 other Carthagos  for the spring Gathering.

Our campsite was on a rally field which is part of the estate of the very beautiful Sutton Park. This is the family home of Samantha Cameron (wife of David Cameron—Prime Minister).

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(right) a group photo taken in the garden of Sutton Park.  George and Desnée arrowed.

It was a fantastic weekend and lovely to catch up with old friends and to meet new owners.

There was a full programme of events and the first of these was an open top bus ride from Sutton on the Forest into York city centre and then a guided tour around the key points of interest.  After that we had time to make our own explorations on foot.  A group pf six of us decided to head for the famous, Betty’s Tea Rooms and we were pleased to find there was only a short queue!  Before we have found quite lengthy queues waiting outside Bettys.

If you have not yet visited Bettys in Yorkshire—then you have missed a treat !   Try the Fat Rascals!

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Evening meals were pre arranged and these were served up in the local Primary School hall/gym, which was just a short walk from the rally field. 

There were a variety of live music providers which included the local Brass Band. Next evening was a very clever one man act which was half comedian half one man band. We were all issued with plastic kazoos and encouraged to join in the ‘music’ making. The noise was appalling but after a few beers it was great fun.

Another evening we were entertained by a quirky group called ‘The Yorkshire Teabags Skiffle Group’ (above left). They also encouraged audience participation and provided some very strange instruments. 

(left) George plays the boot!  The idea was to stamp the hob nailed boot on the floor in time with the music and to whack the boot handle (when raised) with a stick to make the beer bottle tops sound like a tambourine!

After dinner there was the opportunity to sample the excellent beer in the Rose and Crown pub, just across the road.

Another outing was by coach to the North Yorks Railway at Pickering. Here we were told that the steam loco scheduled for the day had broken down!  Much disappointment! However, a smaller loco was allocated and was assisted by a diesel pushing the train from the rear.  We disembarked at Grosmont and the party split in two. The steam enthusiasts had a guided tour of the locomotive works whilst the remainder continued the journey by coach to Whitby for a fish and chip lunch.   George went on the locomotive tour—Desnée went to Whitby!

(above left) Our ex-colliery loco           

(above right) Our friend Georgina as Tea Hostess


(left) 4464 ‘Bittern’, an LNER A4 loco, being prepared for a steam special weekend on the Wensleydale Railway.  (The North Yorks Railway links to the main line network at Grosmont.  Only certain locomotives are certified for main line running.)

(below) 75029 ‘The Green Knight’ cruises past the sheds on a beautiful spring day in Yorkshire.

After the shed visit the parties regrouped in Whitby for a return journey across the moors by coach via Goatland for a quick visit to ‘Heartbeat’ country. See our photos from last year.

Our final tour was a private guided tour around Sutton Hall. Although small, by stately home standards, it was impressive (see below) (photo from Sutton Park website)

All too soon our spring Gathering came to a close and forty Carthago motorhomes dispersed into the Yorkshire countryside.

We were staying on in Yorkshire but travelled west to Skipton to spend a week in the Yorkshire Dales at a beautiful, small campsite, Seat House, near Gargrave. We have stayed on this CL site before and love it.  Plenty of space, wonderful views and delightful owners. (below left) our pitch with table and chairs provided.  (below right) the next door neighbours!

Desnée’s nephew Adrian and his partner Debbie, live in Gargrave and it was lovely to see them both and spend some days out with them. In past years we have posted many photos of the area.

The Tour de France was due to pass through the area in early July and everywhere around farmers were displaying large yellow hoardings offering ‘Camp here for the Tour de France’. The pubs had yellow bicycles outside them and there was a real sense of occasion.

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Look back at our visits to Yorkshire in earlier years for more photos of the area.

It was time to move on. The Spring Bank Holiday was upon us and Seat House site was fully booked out for that week.  We drove south from the Yorkshire Dales to the Derbyshire Dales. As we were travelling the weather became progressively worse.