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LLANERCHINDDA FARM 2015.

 

It was a slightly damp Friday morning when the ten cars attending this year’s trip to Llanerchindda
Farm assembled at the Longford Inn. So, with roofs up we headed off on a cross country route to Abergavenny and then on to the Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons National Park where we re-assembled for an organised tour.


This is the only distillery in Wales and it produces several types of whiskys as well as gin and the world’s purest vodka. Our tour tickets included tastings and so after much sipping and “oooh & aaahing” we returned to the cars for the short drive for lunch at the New Inn in Ystradfellte.

PENDERYN DISTILLERY

 

After lunch it was then a one hour’s drive along the Welsh lanes to the customary warm welcome at Llanerchindda Farm which is set in a lovely isolated position to the north east of Llandovery with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside including the Cynghordy viaduct.


When I say warm welcome, I mean it. Copious amounts of tea and home-made cakes were immediately produced and were had outside on the patio. After a short break it was then time for a Pimms reception and a formal welcome from the Hadley family. Once the Pimms glasses had been emptied (some for the fourth time!) it was time for a three course dinner and cheese.

TEA ON THE PATIO.

 

Saturday dawned warm, bright and sunny, so our morning briefing took place on the patio. With personalised rally plates fixed and windscreen labels applied, we set off on the 100 mile run following our specially prepared route guides. After a pleasant coffee stop at Brecon Cathedral we meandered past several reservoirs before a midday stop at the Garwnant Forest Visitor Centre. The afternoon run back took us over spectacularly beautiful (and deserted) Sennybridge military training area which included a well known rally stage on the Mynydd Epynt.

ON THE MYNYDD EPYNT WITH A 30 MILE VIEW.

 

The Sunday run was a little shorter at 85 miles and our midday stop was to be at the National Botanic Garden of Wales where our host, Martin, was waiting so that he could organise our free entry and the special parking area which had our cars on show during our visit. A very memorable half an hour was spent over a coffee and a sandwich listening to the Carmarthen Male Voice Choir in the acoustically perfect Mediterranean Dome.

OUR DISPLAY PARKING AT THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES.

 

The afternoon return route took in the Brynamman Pass over the Black Mountain. This is a pass which was regularly closed to allow Top Gear filming. Needless to say several of us took full advantage of the light traffic and had a play up and down the pass. 
 

PASSING LLYN BRIANNE.

 

All too quickly Monday morning arrived and it was time to cram too much luggage into too small a space. Martin, Mark and Andrew sent us away with window stickers, road maps, key rings as well as two mugs each as mementos of our weekend. Their extraordinary attention to detail and wonderful hospitality made our weekend enjoyable and memorable. Add to that two well organised routes through spectacular Welsh scenery and the combination is very hard to beat.
As a result we have now booked again for the late May Bank Holiday in 2017. It’s going to be a long wait.

WE’RE BACK IN 2017!

 

 

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