I have fancied sharing the delights of "my backyard roads" for a while and am looking to run a tour around this area one day over the bank holiday weekend. I am still working on the detail of the route, however, to give an idea of where we would be going here is a summary: Start Bowburn Roadchef Service area (just off A1 south of Durham); Wear Valley to Stanhope; Moors road to Middleton: Tees Valley to Alston: Brampton via Hartside Pass: Moors roads south of Hexham: Finish Bowburn Roadchef Service area. I am thinking of heading out around 10am. Route will be around 150 miles and according to Google 5 hours!! With a couple of stops we would be back late afternoon. There is a Days Inn motel on the service area and plenty of other accommodation around. The spirit of the tour is "a group of like minded individuals with common interest enjoying drive around the area", it is not a race or a time trial. I appreciate that many member will not be familiar with the location so here are a couple of maps to help. This is the general area, about 100 miles south of Edinburgh, 200 miles north of Birmingham and 300 from London. This is a general indication of the route. We will be on made up road throughout, ignore the excursions across the moorland which is due to my lack of skill drawing with the software! FAQ: 1. I have heard it can be cold up there. Do I need to bring my team Sledge and of Huskies? No, it's still summer. Just bring the Zed and as many horses as you can harness. 2. Do I need a passport to visit? No, just be careful not to pick up too many northern phrases or you may need a passport to get into your home county. 3. Have you got electricity? Yes, well; most places have. 4. Are there any sheep? Plenty, especially on the moor roads and they have attitude, being happy to face down a BMW at 30 paces. Avoid driving into one - your car will be a write off. To allow me to gauge interest in the tour and preferred date please vote for each relevant option in the poll.