Breakfast over, pod emptied & cleaned, car loaded, we checked out and took the A75 to Gretna. A short hop south on the M6 took us to the A6071 which we followed to Brampton where we picked up the A689 which took us through Alston and on through Stanhope until we joined the A68. From there it was an easy drive to Darlington and along the A66 to home.
We chose this route as we weren't in any hurry and it's much more interesting.
I had a bit of a panic when I saw a road closed sign just as we joined the A689 but it was for work done in March & this was May. I guess they are short of storage for signs.
It may seem like we are always eating but, yes, we were looking for food again. We saw a sign for a pub and were going to see what they had to offer as we didn't want a full meal, just a light snack. As we approached the pub there was a sign pointing to a community hub and cafe so we though this may be more what we were looking for and headed down the lane to Hallbankgate Hub. What a gem of a place! A warm welcome, good food and reasonable prices. What's not to like? Both of us like our bacon well done and that's what we got in a lovely soft bun. The scones were delicious too. Definitely a place to revisit if we are in the area again.
From there it was a steady drive home and we got back at twenty to four. Over the week we'd driven 1069 miles and done 32mpg. The car never missed a beat, used no oil or water. Not too shabby for a 48 year old car.