The Importance of Going For a Drive.
it can do more than just put a smile on your face
In today's modern age of workaholics, social media addictions and things happening left, right and centre, we tend to not have the chance to just clear our heads and stop. More importantly for us petrol heads, a lot of us don't disconnect ourselves from daily life and really get to know what lies out there for us and our cars.
Recently I decided to do a sort of experiment to see what I could get out of one day and just, well, driving. I set off in the morning heading to probably one of my most favourite places here in England. Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. For those of you that are Harry Potter fans, Goathland plays an important role as Hogsmeade Station. More importantly it is home to the fictional villiage of Aidensfield in a popular police drama here in the UK. ITV's Heartbeat captured many families imaginations between 1993 and 2009 sweeping viewers back to the sixties on a Sunday evening. One of the main stars of the show though, is the scenery of the moors. Fantastic twisting roads, beautiful woodlands, waterfalls, streams, miles of open land full of heather and to top it all a steam railway.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway featured in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.
The moors really has a welcoming feeling and what better a place to have my day out driving. First of all I made a stop in the heart of Goathland itself, more specifically at Scripps Garage in the centre of the village. From here I decided to just switch off the phone and my music. Wind down the windows and find an interesting looking road to see where it took me.
Scripps Garage was a main location in the ITV series 'Heartbeat'.
Mainly, switching off Spotify made me realise how nice my car actually sounds. No longer was I paying attention the the lyrics of some 80's hits but settling into my seat listening to the wildlife and more importantly my car. I tend to have music on all the time so to separate myself from that and just enjoy the noises of the MG blasting up through the gears was a real joy to my ears.
All was well within the MG although things took a slight turn. It had become quite icy along these winding roads over the previous night. Gladly a passing driver let me know about an un-passable road up ahead and I promptly turned around. Now you must be thinking 'why the hell didn't you go slow and just enjoy the drive?'. Well you see the moors isn't always the best place to just wing it when it comes to ice. I checked the road I was heading on when I returned home and found out that it was a massive valley with a ford at the bottom. At the very least, if I did go and get stuck, there was a place to park and enjoy the view!
I was so glad I turned around though, as when I headed back the way I came a mile or so, I had to stop for this utterly amazing view! It just took my breath away.
This road will definitely be re-visited.
Slowly but surely I made my way through the last of the roads that I wanted to venture on that day. Through narrow & bumpy Roman roads and over humpback bridges, the moors kept surprising me with its natural beauty, plus my car was performing excellently. As mentioned in my MG3 review. It is one of the cheapest cars that money can buy here in Britain that handles quite adequately. Darting through the twists and turns of these little back roads really made me appreciate the thought that went into making it fun, even though it might not have been the main aim with the design of the MG3.
Obligatory stop for a picture moment.
By the time I had gotten back to my house, night had fallen but I had completely re-discovered not only my love for discovering new places but also the joy I get from the cracking little MG. It has really made me look forward to getting some performance parts on it to make it that little bit more personal and fun to drive.
It really was a fantastic day just touring around this stunning part of Yorkshire, experiencing the sights. I will definitely have to find somewhere that tops this now. Personally I've heard the Yorkshire Dales is a good drive.
So next time you find yourself in an adventurous mood, hop in the car and see where the roads take you! You may be surprised.
Do you have a favourite place to drive?