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  Home>Past Events > Welsh Jaunt

A Welsh Jaunt

Which version would you like???

Here are two versions of the Welsh Jaunt.  The first is a more serious version whilst the second is more folksy.  Which do you prefer?  Email me to let me know.

Proper Version              Folksy Version

 

Proper Version

It was a lovely warm Sunday morning, but slightly cloudy,when 11 MG cars gathered at the Longford Inn car park for the full days run to the 'BIG PIT'.

Armed with an excellent road book, we followed the accurate and precise Tulip signs to Ross on Wye.

By this time we had glorious sunshine and absolutely beautiful countryside. Beyond Ross we were directed by a super B road which smooth and bendy, perfect for the older type MGs. As this 'magic' road was also traffic free, we soon arrived at Abergvenny.Here we took the Heads of Valley road which was still chaotic from the long term roadworks. This lasted only a few miles when we turned south and up a very long steep hill. Both cars and crews were pleased to reach the top where we rested,cooled down, and enjoyed magnificent views including Sugar mountain.

A couple of miles further on we entered the car park of the BIG PIT. This is a disused mine, closed because of cheap imports,which the Museum of Wales has made suitable for the general public to tour round. The guides and staff are all ex employees and give very amusing and interesting tours, 300 feet underground,lasting 50 minutes.There is also much to see aboveground, the whole day could easily be spent the browsing around, as many people were doing.

We carried on through more beautiful Brecon countryside passing alongside big resevoirs and lakes by some mostly quite, small roads.We arrived at a pub for the pre-arranged roast lunch, where for a very reasonable cost we had a large plate, piled high with delicious food. No puddings were necessary!!!

A leisurely run back to the Longford Inn followed, where more thirsts were quenched, to end a super, hot, day out.Congratulations and many thanks to Grahame and Pam for meticulously planning this event,the whole day was perfect and much appreciated.

 

Folksy Version

In short this was a really great run organised by Graham and Pam Sutton.  They had promised a tour that would show some great views of Wales.  Well, we all gathered together at Nine O'clock on the Sunday morning.  There were 22 of us who wanted to cement our Anglo - Celt relations.  We all had attended crash courses in "Speak Welsh the easy way".  John had even gone and purchased some Euros in case we wanted to buy some food.  Graham was prowling ready to send off the first car.  As John had the Euros we thought he ought to go first.  Graham came next and was closely followed by us.  Off toward the Forest with about 150 miles in front of us as the sun slowly starts making an appearance.  The first leg was about 50 miles and ended in The Big Pit, a coal mining museum run by The National Mining Museum of Wales.  On the way we passed Skenfrith (????) Castle.  It was magnificent and deserves a visit which I will do at a later stage.  On we trudged toward the Big Pit and well on the way as we climbed one last hill.  We stopped at the layby and were joined by the others as they came up the hill.  The views were breathtaking, you could across many miles of panoramic countryside.  As we were admiring these views, Tony and Jane came up the hill and parked up. Steam coming from the radiator.  Immediately there were hands offering water but Tony had come prepared,  He even offered us freshly brewed tea.  Graham himself then came along, you would have thought he would have known a shortcut.  We all followed him and Pam to The Big Pit. 

For those of you who haven't been to the Big Pit, I suggest you remedy that soon.  We all proceeded to the waiting room for the tour when along came a woman asking us to write to Mr Chamberlain as she didnt trust Mr Hitler.  Alarm bells started ringing as we all though "Where did this one escape from?"  It was then she told us she was a re-enactor and they were doing the Spanish Civil War.  Whew!, that was lucky.  Lights fitted, caps on we crammed into the lift and descended the shaft to 300 feet below ground. Our guide was a happy chappie and a bundle of laughs but also very informative.  It was very educational and we all learned alot about about Victorian mining in Wales.  Life is so much easier these days.  After about 50 minutes we all went topside and started off on the most important leg of the run - toward the food!

This was possibly the best part of the route as we headed up the Heads of the Valleys road.  We went through lovely wooded areas and along side tree lined resevoirs.  Pine trees were everywhere and picnic sites were calling us but we had our destination waiting.  This time Graham did know a short and was waiting at the pub.  Although he had organised the weather, he hadn't done too well at organising the parking.  The pub was packed, just because it was about 28 degrees centigrade.  Refreshments were the order of the day until the meal arrived.  It was really welcome after 6 hours of enjoying ourselves.  All I seem to remember is people saying "Well done, a really good run " to Pam and Graham. 

Well, it was now time to toddle off home at the end of great day.  This was the best run I have been on.  It was truly picturesque and was a real pleasure.  One last bonus was seeing Raglan Castle standing proud after all these years. 

It was such a success we have Graham and Pam to do it again next year.  I wonder, should we keep the Euros for next years run or cash them in????

 

 

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