As in the past our first run of the year coincided with the Federations “Drive it day” and one member got a bit too carried away when it came to fixing the tour plaque to the grill of his car.
Starting out from Ross-on Wye at 9-30 the eighteen cars containing thirty seven people set out through a mixture of country lanes and minor roads towards Newent and the “Three Shires” garden centre for the coffee stop. After some refreshments and retail therapy it was time to return to our cars and continue through the Hereford and Worcester countryside towards our lunch stop at “The Royal Oak” at Broadwas Nr Worcester. As “Drive it Day” was a national event it is not unusual to see other Vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles as we tour about. Some of us, on this occasion managed to get involved with a Tractor tour on route to the lunch stop. The “Royal Oak” is always a very busy Pub (Three meat and thirteen vegetables choices may have something to do with it) and we certainly swelled the ranks of waiting dinners.
After lunch we travelled back to the National Trust property at Brockhampton Estate for our afternoon visit. The site has history dating back to the 1100’s and has you can imagine had quite a lot of changes over the centuries. Some of us had the benefit of a brief talk from one of the trust guides which was most informative and entertaining. After viewing the house and gatehouse some members strolled around the grounds and church ruins. Thankfully the weather was kind to us all and although sometimes overcast it remained dry so that was very welcome for some of our “top down” travellers.
Leaving Brockhampton we travelled back towards Malvern and Ledbury, returning to Ross-on-Wye and home.
Trevor and Barbara hope you enjoyed your day out and hope to see you all soon.