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Llanerchindda Farm Weekend
24th – 27th May 2013

 

 

Three cars had decided to make their way to Llanerchindda direct and so the remaining nine cars assembled at the Longford Inn on Friday morning. After a slightly hesitant start (It nearly became Woody’s Welsh Wander Without Wallet) we all set off for Brecon with some hoods up due to the chilly temperature. At least the sun was shining and it remained dry.

 


After a cross-country drive to Brecon we were met at the Welsh Regimental Museum by the curator, Bill Cainan, who gave us a most enjoyable tour. He was enthusiastic, extremely knowledgeable, funny and accurately conveyed the drama and heroism of the Welsh soldiers at Rorkes Drift. Then it was lunch and a drive over a wild and very windy Mynydd Epynt to Llanerchindda Farm in time for tea and copious amount of homemade scones, flapjack, cake & pastries. This was a useful indicator of the superb hospitality that Martin, Lynn, Andrew and Mark were all to give us over the next three days.

 

 

If that were not enough, when we all went to our rooms to unpack, we found complimentary window stickers, key rings, an Ordnance Survey map of the region, a rally plate, a 15 month calendar and two expertly produced route books for the weekend. Whilst still marvelling at our host’s attention to detail and generosity, we regrouped downstairs for a Welcome Drink. This consisted of Pimms with unlimited top-ups!

 

 

 

Saturday dawned bright sunny and thankfully much warmer. After our morning briefing we all set off individually or in small groups to cover the 100 miles laid out in the route guide. We went to Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells, Rhayader and the Elan Valley Reservoirs with many miles of stunning scenery in between. All good coffee and lunch stops were suggested in the route book thereby making it so easy to make the most of our day. At various points along the route we found our host, Martin, lurking behind trees taking photographs that would be included in a collage of photographs that we were able to take away with us at the end of our stay.

Sunday’s route was a little shorter and it took us to the coast at Aberaeron via more reservoirs and switch-back mountain roads. After a lovely lunch sitting in the sun by the harbour, a pre-paid visit was made to the National Trust property at Llanerchaeron. Pre-paid? Yes, even the entrance fee to the property was included in our accommodation costs, and furthermore, Martin was waiting for us in the property car park to ensure we got in successfully.
Monday morning came around all too soon and after the usual huge breakfast it was time to leave. After expressing our appreciation to Martin and his family for looking after us so well, it was time to reluctantly head home using a variety of routes to take full advantage of the wonderful scenery in this part of Wales.

 

This was a terrific weekend which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The hospitality extended to us by the Hadley family was outstanding and their attention to detail was extraordinary with all sorts of “extras” included that far exceeded anything we could have reasonably expected. Many of the Club Members have said that they will return individually and there are tentative plans to organise another Club visit in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

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