16 September 2011 Named as ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ by the AA, The A686, which runs from Penrith, through Alston (across the ‘roof’ of England) and down onto the A69 just after Haydon Bridge, is very popular particularly in the summer with bikers, and is great fun to drive. We found this road by pure chance as we were driving to Thirsk and decided to take this route through the Moors.
Starting at Stokesley the road literally cuts through the left side of The North Yorkshire Moors and is a great drive with some fantastic views.
Over the decades many artists have sung “get your kicks on Route 66” so join us in our exploration of part of this fantastic road.
Sunday – rest and relaxation aboard the ship home to Portsmouth.Finally, we descend on the ancient city of Carcassonne.Thursday – We leave Carcassonne today to head south, straight for the Spanish border.Wednesday – Before breakfast this morning we are going to the top of the formidable Mont Ventoux, from where we can watch the sunrise.After breakfast (back at the hotel) we’ll be crossing vast swathes of French countryside to see the wonderful Millau Bridge (from the deck and from the valley below).