You then drive on for a further 13 miles through sweeping bends and lots of gradient changes, again with great views and road, until you arrive at the picturesque village of Helmsley.
The ruins of Helmsley Castle are here and are well worth a visit as is Dumcombe Park where you can visit the stately home and gardens, again very beautiful.
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16 September 2011 Named as ‘One of the Greatest Drives in Britain’ by the AA, The A686, which runs from Penrith, through Alston (across the ‘roof’ of England) and down onto the A69 just after Haydon Bridge, is very popular particularly in the summer with bikers, and is great fun to drive. We found this road by pure chance as we were driving to Thirsk and decided to take this route through the Moors.Why not come and sample what this glorious country has to offer with a weekend visit?We’ve made some fairly significant changes to the Welsh Wander this year, why not come and sample what this glorious country has to offer with a weekend visit?rave and party the night away in The Cluband Decadia Escape the chaos of the dance floor - relax and recharge in our individual bars and exclusive rooms.Enter the sophisticated space of Blanca Bar, the opulent escape of Jewel Bar and the tropical hideaway of Kanaloa Bar, all under one roof!