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LLANERCHINDDA FARM TRIP.

MAY 2017
 
Nine cars had signed up for the Club’s third trip to Llanerchindda Farm this year and so, apart from Terry and Liz and also Myn and Rob, we all met up at the Longford Inn on the Friday of the may Spring Bank holiday for our drive into deepest Wales. Terry and Liz would be catching us up during the day and Myn & Rob were driving direct to Llanerchindda due to work commitments in the morning.
It was under a cloudless sky that we set off cross country to the Penderyn distillery via the Steel Horse café. After stocking up on supplies at the distillery we stopped off for a pub lunch before arriving at Llanerchindda Farm in time for tea and cake.
Having collected the keys to our rooms, we discovered the lengths that our hosts will go to too make our stay run smoothly. Laid out on our beds were a customised rally plate, an OS map, two detailed route books, a three-day itinerary as well as a thermos flask, key ring and a windscreen sticker. 
 
 
 
We all then assembled outside on the patio for the now famous welcome drink. This involves our host Martin repeatedly filling our glasses with a punch from a glass pitcher that never seemed to empty. Some members had suspiciously more glasses than others but we all started dinner sufficiently lubricated.
Our run on Saturday took us westwards to Cardigan via Lampeter. Several cars took the opportunity to go “off piste” to explore the small villages (and pubs) along the coast. Martin was on hand in Cardigan to make sure we all knew where the various facilities were as well as how to get to the castle. The return route took us to the National Coracle Centre and the waterfalls at Cenarth.
 
 
 
Sunday’s run was a shorter route and much more rural. The coffee stop was at a Community Centre in the village of Myddfai where Prince Charles has a cottage which is used as a bolt hole. The amenities were superb with very friendly staff who took pictures of our cars and immediately put us onto their Facebook page. We were then treated to a run up and down one of Mr Clarkson’s favourite roads, the Brynamman Pass, with its ice cream van conveniently parked at the top. Then it was off to Dinefwr Park, a National Trust property known for its White Park cattle and herd of Fallow deer. Once again Martin was on hand to pay the entrance fee of non-National Trust members and to make sure our cars were displayed correctly outside the front of the house. He also ensured that those of us who wished to have a guided tour of the house managed to get one. It was then a gentle amble along some lovely narrow, picturesque lanes back to LLanerchindda where we were forced to eat yet more food washed down with generous amounts of alcohol.
On Monday we all said our farewells to Martin, Mark, Andrew and the other lovely staff before returning back to Gloucestershire taking our own separate routes.
As usual, this trip was a resounding success with everyone saying how much they had enjoyed themselves. We have therefore carried on the tradition and booked once again for the May Spring Bank Holiday in 2019.


 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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