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Please help me with some details of our 25th anniversary trip in late May-early June. We will start from Glasgow and have three nights planned around Melrose/Peebles to visit Abbotsford, Traquair House and the abbeys. Then:

Day 4: Travel east to the coast to Lindesfarne (I have the tide schedule) and then down the coast roads staying that night in Alnwick.

Day 5: A second day in Alnwick as we particularly want to see the gardens, and perhaps have lunch at Treehouse.

Day 6: Move southwest to Hexham for two nights, a few hours invested at Hadrian's Wall (yes I know there are mixed feelings about that - an alternative?)

Day 8: Move south to Durham - the cathedral of course, but how much more time to alot to the town? Drive on to Yorkshire - with destination at Hawes?

From days 8-12 we then have five nights in Yorkshire and I cannot decide where to base - one location or two? Hawes and Pateley Bridge? We've looked at all the recent recs and Morgana's picks and cannot readily decide.

Must dos:
Drive the Buttertubs and visit Muker - I'm interested in wool and fiber and have the list of shops rec'd to jhostage last year;
Have a meal at the Wensleydale Heifer and possibly the Kings Arms;
The tour around Skipton (50 miles) posted by Morgana, I think. I've lost the link to that, could someone repost that please?
One of the days needs to be around Halifax as my ancestors came from Shelf 400 years ago and we want to look around (this was a previous post). My husband might want to see Saltaire.

And a final question: these dates are actually June 5-10 and I know the Queen's Birthday is the 8th and just read here that there is a half-term at this time as well. How will this affect opening of shops, restaurants? We have been to York, Harrogate, Fountains, the Moors, etc. previously and want to spend more time on back roads this time. After this we drop our car in Manchester and train to Kent for another week.

Thanks to all of you who have suggestions!

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