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Section Weekend at Dunsley Hall Hotel (The Moors Tour) 13th-15th Sept 2013
This year our section weekend was based at Dunsley Hall Hotel situated just north of Whitby in North Yorkshire. Once a dream home tailor made for a Victorian shipping magnate, today Dunsley Hall has evolved into a haven for visitors exploring the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors. On arrival at the hotel cream teas were in order and much chatting with fellow members catching up on the gossip. Dinner was served around 7:30 and afterwards we all retired to the bar for a few night caps.
Saturday morning brought some sunshine for the start of our Moors Tour to Hutton le-hole for our visit to Ryedale Folk Museum which is home. to an incredible collection of English everyday antiques and rare curiosities put together by Edward and Richard Harrison, spanning five centuries of history, the collection covers everything from cooking pots to brain surgery tools.
The museum displays 2,000 years of history from the Iron Age to the 1950s in restored historic buildings housing agricultural machinery and special display dedicated to The Life and Times of Photographer T Geoffrey Willey. Saturday evening, we all met in the lounge for drinks and nibbles before dinner.
Unfortunately Sundays weather was in complete contrast to the day before with a cold wind and rain. This did not dampen our enthusiasm to continue the scenic tour of the moors as we travel to Danby Visitors Centre. The Moors centre opened in 1976, in the former shooting lodge belonging to the Danby Estate (Dawnay family).The buildings we see now grew from a 17th Century farmhouse, into a smart shooting lodge in the 18th century. 'Dawnay Lodge' or 'Danby Lodge', as it was known, was used by the Dawnay family and guests, to enjoy grouse shooting parties across the moors. Also nearby are the remains of the original 14th Century Danby Castle once the home of Catherine Parr (Queen of King Henry VIII).
After Lunch the weather took a turn for the worst so we all said our goodbyes and headed for home. On the whole a very pleasant and enjoyable weekend was had by all.