Friday 9th – Monday12th June 2017
At 9am we were on the road and looking forward to our weekend in the Cotswolds with a further nine cars from our club. Keeping our hood up on the M1 due to traffic noise and a little drizzle, we met Charles and Gilly, Jack and Celia at Leicester Forest East Service Station and also some other club members who had also decided to pull in there for a welcome break.
After our comfort stop and a coffee we proceeded onwards, Charles, Gilly, Jack and Celia and ourselves (there’s safety in numbers) making our way via the M69 to pick up the old Roman Road, the Fosse Way the B4455. (what a superb road and it was so nice to get off the motorways) and to
look for a lunch stop which we found at a lovely pub around 1pm and enjoyed their hospitality.
By this time it was time to get the hoods down and enjoy our cars to the full and we then had sunshine all the way to Swindon, passing Morton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford and Lechlade-on-Thames. We arrived at The Swindon Marriot Hotel at about 4.30pm to find some of our members had already arrived, there were 13 cars on our tour, 10 of which were from our club.
On arrival we found ourselves engulfed with the guests from a Traveller’s wedding with over 350 guests attending, this was quite an experience. Having travelled over 200 miles it was nice to just relax, enjoy the evening meal and basically ‘chill out’.
Next morning everyone was eager and ready to set off exploring, Gwen and I went to Bath, a place neither of us had been before and we were not disappointed. We had a super day and took advantage of 2 round trips that the open topped bus offered. Also some retail therapy and a cream tea rounded off our visit very nicely. Meeting in the bar prior to our evening meal everyone was pleased to talk about their own day out and how much they had seemed to enjoy themselves.
Sunday was to be a day for us visiting some of the beautiful little villages and towns in the Cotswolds, Bibury, Northleach, Winchcombe, Broadway and Chipping Campden. These places just kept our cameras clicking capturing the honey coloured Cotswold stonework and pretty gardens and the individual shops and cafes.
Monday morning, breakfast time, some of the group were ongoing to other places or visiting friends before returning home. Gwen and I took in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Slaughters villages (so peaceful) before having our lunch at Stow-on-the-Wold prior to heading home.
Our MG performed admirably, I don’t think that anyone had any car problems. Reflecting on the weekend, it was a good hotel with pleasant staff and was well situated for getting around. The company Scenic and Continental Classic Car Tours who organised the trip we think can be well recommended and the pack that they sent was extremely informative.
Charles, maybe we can do another weekend away with this company next year? Thank you for incorporating it in this year’s events.
Derek & Gwen Taylor