No room in the car park at Hassop Station Cafe due to the volume of walkers starting from the book shop.A field was allocated for 20 cars looking forward to our weekend in Llangollen.

10am sharp we all set off, 17 MX5’s, 1 F Type Jaguar, 1 BMW  Z4 and our leader in his Audi TT, Trevor Walker and wife Trisha who had organized (as he had done for the past 7 years ) our weekend away.

Following our well written itinerary we made our way through Ashbourne, Buxton, towards Congleton, a very busy town with heavy traffic. We lost sight of our leader, but Clive and Linda took the lead on the last 4 cars.Eventually all 20 cars arrived at Bridgemere Garden World for our coffee break.

One and a half hours later our convoy sett off passing through Buerton, Audlem, Burleydam, towards Whitchurch.

We new we were in Wales when the road signs got a bit WELSH.  We were driving Caerphilly !!

It had been a good run, the sun shone nearly all the way, and the itinerary was spot on. We headed through Llangollen towards the Ponderosa cafe, up and up the Horse Shoe Pass. After a chat and a customary photo shoot we made our way down the Pass and headed for the White Waters Hotel in Llangollen.

Chilling out at the bar, or walking into the town, or just resting their eyes, we all met up for our evening meal. By the time the meal was over, some retired to bed, others made there way to the bar.

With the clocks going forward we lost an hour, but after breakfast the group was all geared up for a ride around the lovely Welsh countryside.

Trevor and myself declined as Trevor was suffering with A MAN COLD. We did meet them at Betwy’s-y Coed.

A lovely coffee and a chat, then a walk around the few shops. It is a lovely clean and a very  popular town for all ages, and vehicles, motor bikes, push bikes, walkers, and cars.

Some of the group said there goodbyes. That sad word for some, WORK.

After a few hours in Betwy’s we all split up, some went to Caernarfon, Barmouth, Chirk Castle, but poor Steve and Nicky ended up having to have 2 new tires on the back of his MX after discovering he had a puncture.

It had been a lovely day more sun shine, PERFECT. It was just fitting to finish the day off with a lovely meal and then a laugh and a joke back in the bar. Sorry we missed Norman he arrived after we retired to bed.

A full English in the morning to send us all on our way home.

It was rather cool when we set off, but soon the sun came out so the top came down, not even a jacket on.

Our sincere thanks to Trevor and Trisha for all there hard work for making the weekend break an enjoyable time

AND IT WAS

Eileen

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At, and the journey to White Waters Hotel, Llangollen

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Chirk Castle (National Trust)