IF YOU LIKE MOTORBIKES AND HAVE HALF AN HOUR TO SPARE....Try a visit to my local motorcycle dealer where you will get a warm welcome.......
Wm. ARMSTRONG (M'BRO ) LTD. 397/381 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough. http://www.motorcycles1.freeserve.co.uk/armstrong/Page_1x.html
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Est. in 1893 Armstrongs is possibly the oldest established Motor Cycles Business in the U.K.
It has and still is a family run firm with third & fourth generation members, still actively involved.
In its time the business has been agents for all the most famous British Machines, and today it Specialises Exclusively in HONDA for which it has been
a Dealer sine 1973.
The company has always had Motor Cycles Sport connections even in the early days, the pinnacle of this being world championship points been scored, and a British championship in the 1970s/80s, today several riders enjoy some sponsorship in one way or another.
Just a few miles away you can get high up on the hills, and really breathe fresh air! This is the top of Carlton Bank, and the industry of Teesside is just there in the distance (hidden by the smog :-))
The village of Marton, which is now engulfed by Middlesbrough, was the birthplace of captain James Cook, who discovered Austrailia and charted much of the Soyuth Pacific. There is a 'Captain Cook Trail' which visits Marton, Great Ayton & Whitby and is worth a look, if only because it gets you out of Middlesbrough.
Historic Quay in Hartlepool.
At the Historic Quay, and included in the ticket price is the Museum of Hartlepool and although not very big it is very interesting. You can follow the story of the area from the prehistory to the present day.
Visit Gisborough Priory
This lovely ruined Augustinian priory was founded by Robert de Brus in 1119. It was in its day one of the most powerful monasteries in Yorkshire. It dominated the life and fortunes of the town and surrounding countryside in the Middle Ages. In 1200 the priory was able to rebuild the church on a bigger scale. The west end had twin towers flanking a large double doorway and the aisles were floored with coloured tiles. On the 16th of May 1289 disaster struke when the church was completely destroyed by fire and all the priory's books, plate and vestaments were burnt. The church was rebuilt in even greater splendour, the work taking several generations and was not completed until the end of the 14th century. then it was one of the four richest priory's in Yorkshire. The Act of Dissolution by Henry VIII in 1536 sealed the fate of monastic houses throughout the whole land. Gisborough survived until 1540 when the priory grounds were sold to Thomas Chaloner. He incorporated the standing stonework into his house which had since been demolished.
It is in the centre of Gisborough.
Visit the Trincomalee at the Historic Quay in Hartlepool.The Trincomalee is the last of Nelson's frigates.
This sailing frigate was built of teak in 1817 in India. She sailed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. She is the oldest ship alfoat in the U.K. The ship has been restored but over 60% is still original,She was actually based at Hartlepool from 1862 - 1877.
Go to Hartlepool and visit the Historic Quay. This is a really good recreation of an 18th century seaport, with its shops and naval outfitters, stalls and seamen.You are taken back to the time of Nelson. There is an audio-visual about the press-gang, and one about a naval sea battle where you experience with the ships surgeon.
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 to 17.00
tel: 01429 860006.
River Tees at High Force and beyond is a reasonable grade IV paddle in most water conditions.
Low Force provides gentle falls just down from High Force in picturesque setting.
High Force is near Middleton in Teesdale and is the largest waterfall in England.
Access by a good footpath from the B6277 and nearby car park..
The nearby hills and scenery are lovely with lots of bridal paths and footpaths for walking and cycling on.
Dont forget to tell someone exactly where you are going.......just in case.
Middlesbrough is quite close to an awful lot of pretty villages, towns and countryside. Get out and explore it.
This picture in from near Great Ayton, about 7 miles from Middlesbrough.