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GTO Tales: Swansea

13th October 2022

Pauline recently took her group on one of our tours to Swansea, and one of her group members wrote a brilliant report on their time there. 

You can read it below:

"Monday 26th September 2022 - With 46 on board we set off, looking forward to a time of fellowship, fun and helping each other if needed. The first stop was Strawberry Fields near Lifton for a coffee, what a lovely shop too! Then on to Cheddar, we saw the Gorge towering above us and the town - did you know there are 100 different flavours of ice cream? On to our hotel at Aberavon Beach, in lovely Swansea Bay, not far from Port Talbot for our evening meal, with plenty of good food and company to be enjoyed.

Tuesday 27th September 2022 - Today we travel on the Gower Peninsula, to the Heritage Centre at Parkmill, our tour guide was full of historical, interesting facts and stories about the area, so much to take in. We travelled far west to Rhossili and Worms Head, a fantastic beach voted the best in Europe no less, we certainly had plenty of sea air! Back to the Heritage Centre for a guided tour there, again so much history to enjoy. The day ended with a visit up the Mumbles, a headland in the shape of two islands and one of Dylan Thomas' many stomping grounds. Another bracing walk by the sea for us. Evening entertainment was an enjoyable singalong, some of the older soups took us back years! Followed by a thought-provoking epilogue.

Wednesday 28th September 2022 - Travelling today to Pant Station for a leisurely ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, fantastic scenery from the train all the way. After lunch, we took a ride through part of the Brecon Beacons with its deep valleys, forests of changing colours, as well as treeless mountains. There was plenty of Welsh lamb to be seen, maybe to taste later? We went on to the town of Brecon itself, but the weather wasn't on our side so we only managed a very rainy view. We could enjoy the myriad of colours in the peaceful scenery on the way back to the hotel. After dinner, it was time for some light entertainment, some more singing and an epilogue to make us all pause for thought.

Thursday 29th September 2022 - Blue skies and sunshine greeted us for our visit to St. Fagans History Museum, such a lot to see and explore, bringing back so many memories of our own daily lives years ago. Some of us could have spent two days there reminiscing. A sunny and warm drive back to the hotel for another excellent dinner. Then it was time for our homegrown entertainment - from rap to solos, from jokes to stories and poems, and Cornish banter thrown in. There was much laughter to make yet another enjoyable evening together.

Friday 30th September 2022 - Time to leave the hotel and head for home, the weather was kind as we set off with some favourite hymn tunes along the way. Rain came on once we reached Clarks Village in Somerset for some retail therapy, a few bags looked pretty full afterwards! Ed's (our driver) driving was brilliant in heavy rain which just about stopped once we reached Helston. I do hope the 14 newcomers to Circuit Holiday were not disappointed and hopefully found much to enjoy and look back on. Grateful thanks must go to our local organiser for their constant care, support and the ubiquitous sweet tins."

As always, Pauline did a splendid job with this tour, and it seems her members loved it too! If you would like to go on a trip similar to this one, please get in touch with us here.