The 5th Flying Scotsman 2013
19 – 21 April 2013
The 5th Flying Scotsman Route
Day One - Friday 19th April
Starting in Hertfordshire, only 30 minutes from both Heathrow and Stansted and with easy access from the UK motorway network, the route heads into new ground in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. We pass Castle Ashby. Now the home of the Earl Crompton, Castle Ashby was built to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the First and the gardens were later re-designed by Capability Brown.
Lunch will be taken in Market Bosworth before a regularity section around the battlefield of Bosworth Field. This battle fought in 1485 was the penultimate battle in the War of the Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster and was the site where the English King, Richard the 3rd, was killed thus ending the Plantagenet period and beginning the Tudor dynasty.
We then head north into the Peak District skirting the famous spa town of Buxton before our overnight halt near Macclesfield in Cheshire.
Day Two - Saturday 20th April
Today starts with a run north passing through Glossop before threading our way using country lanes past the major towns of the Lancashire / Yorkshire border before a run over the beautiful scenery of Widdop Moor and The Forest of Trawden.
After lunch we head into the stunning Yorkshire Dales and pass the Ribblehead Viaduct, last included in 2011 but giving a fantastic backdrop to many photographs before heading north into Cumbria.
Coffee will be taken at Shap on the edge of the Lake District National Park before continuing into the Scottish Borders and our overnight halt at Gretna Green, once famous for runaway marriages.
Day Three - Sunday 21st April
In the morning we head west into Dumfries and Galloway and the East Stewartry Coast area before turning north for an early lunch at Drumlanrig Castle. The castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and stands in 90,000 acres of stunning Scottish countryside.
After lunch the route heads over the Lowther Hills to our final test sections of the event. The first is at the Kames Motorsport Complex and the second at Forrestburn Hillclimb circuit, a great way to end the day.
Our run in to the finish takes us past Bannockburn a name to make any Scottish heart proud. Bannockburn was the site of a famous battle in 1314 where Robert the Bruce defeated the English forces and helped the drive for Scottish independence.
The event finishes in style at the fabulous Gleneagles Hotel set amongst the wonderful scenery around the Scottish town of Auchterader a little north of Edinburgh.
Can I congratulate you all in organising the best event we have been on for a long time. All aspects were superb!
John Ruston – Car 23, 2012