We set off on Monday June 11th, on time and with no late comers, and headed directly to Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds. What a lovely part of the world that is. There was time for a look around the town, lunch, and then off to Hidcote National Trust Gardens, which are always a pleasure to visit.
We finally arrived at our very nice Telford Hotel & Golf Resort and were offered a welcoming cup of tea! We were all comfortably accommodated with I think, few, if any complaints. Our food was good, with a bonus free drink at dinner. All very pleasant.
We left for Wales on Tuesday morning where we visited Powis Castle & Garden and Dingle Garden & Nursery after lunch, where sadly one of our group had a nasty fall and needed hospital treatment. It was decided to use Telford Hospital A&E, and to our amusement it was noted that as the coach pulled up to A&E, all the ambulance paramedics as one, were seen to drop their jaws and ask, ‘How many?’ Peter our driver assured them there was only one, with evident relief all round. Happily the hospital offered expert care and we were found a taxi back to the hotel.
Wednesday took us to Ironbridge, World Heritage site and birthplace of the industrial revolution. We had a full day there with much to see and do and it seemed to intrigue everyone.
Thursday morning involved a trip back into Wales to Glansevern Gardens. This is a lovely parkland on the banks of the River Severn. We were greeted by our delightful hostess who provided us with a generous lunch of homemade soup, seasoned scones and sandwiches. We couldn’t thank her enough for such a welcome to her lovely home. We were then taken into Shrewsbury and met our Blue Badge guide who was wonderfully entertaining and told us about the town. We started at the Abbey and found ourselves amidst a sea of Flower Festival preparations. We had great fun talking to those clever flower arrangers, as well as enjoying the Abbey. The main party then had a guided walking tour of the town, whilst the less able were taken by coach to the riverside where, once together again we were taken for a 45-minute cruise of the river. Absolutely lovely.
We said goodbye to the hotel on Friday morning and travelled south to Croome Park, another National Trust parkland. We had an enjoyable visit there and left after lunch for our journey home.
It was agreed by all that we had a lovely holiday. We were blessed by good weather and a happy friendly group. We have to thank Success Tours, Peter, our always reliable driver, and Angela for being our caring and competent leader.