On the 4th attempt following 3 cancellations during the various lockdowns over the last 18 months, the Wolseley Register summer tour finally went ahead on August 6 to 8th at the Fat Lamb Inn in Cumbria.
As a result of the various changes of dates, the lockdowns, and the pandemic generally, many members who had initially expressed interest in joining the tour last year were unfortunately not now able to attend this time, leaving a small but select group to enjoy a fantastic weekend. Only 2 Wolseleys (Vic and Thelma’s 1100 and Bob and Jan’s 14/60) were present, accompanied by several modern cars.
The Fat Lamb is a lovely country inn and is crammed with automobilia as the owner, Paul owns a classic car himself. The food is superb and the staff very friendly and attentive. Paul has documented quite a few drives of various lengths directly from the inn and displayed as tulip maps. We chose 2 routes of about 70 to 80 miles each, although most members then tailored them to suit their own specific itineraries.
The first day‘s route took us east over the Buttertubs pass (the name is given to a natural geological feature consisting of several deep vertical shafts with horizontal tunnels running from them). From there we continued on past various impressive viaducts, to Hawes, a lovely old market town where the famous Wensleydale Creamery is situated. From there members wended their own routes back to the inn.
The second day saw us heading north through Middleton in Teesdale and then over to Weardale where some of us stopped for lunch at Stanhope. Again, everyone then found their own routes back to the Fat Lamb.
This was a brilliant weekend, with excellent accommodation, and we are therefore looking at the possibility of returning there for the 2022 Drive it Day weekend, when hopefully more members will be able to join us.