Sunday, 10 May 2009

And the plan is...

Starting on Saturday 13th June, I head off to Guildford, collect John, then head over towards Kent, looking in at Wotton, Whitstable, Ramsgate, Dover and finishing day one in Charing. Next moring, we head east via Lydd on Sea (Sound Mirrors), Hastings, Cuckmere Havan (Seven Sisters), Tangmere (Air Museum) then head to Mid Lavant for tea and rest.

Monday, we are in for another packed day, visiting Beaulieu (National Car Museum), The New Forest, Poole Harbour, Weymouth, Chesil Beach, Yeovilton (Air Fleet Arm Museum) and finally tucking into food and rest in Long Sutton. Next day Cheddar Gorge, Severn Bridges, Cardiff, A4061 Ogmore Vale to Treorchy, A4061 Treorchy to Hirwaun, A4069 Brynamman to Llangadog, Pendine, then finish in Stackpole.

Wednesday is very much dependant on the weather and just how knackered we are, but hopefully we shall tour the Pembrook coast, Fishguard, Cardigan, Aberaeron, Welsh Dams (Llyn Brianne, Elan Village etc), then head for Sheffield. Sadly, we haven’t enough time to see Sowndonia or Portmerion – hopefully next year ! LOL

After spending the night back in Sheffield, we are up early Thursday, collect Tom and leave Sheffield, via Worksop to collect Dave then a mad dash north via the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Galloway to Scotland, staying overnight overlooking Loch Lomond.

The next two days are all about driving in the Scotish Highlands, starting with a casual drive soaking up the sun and scenery along the way via Oban, Fort William, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Kyle of Lochalsh and onto Skye, then the next day, we have yet another early start, and another casual but long drive via Torridon, Kinlochewe, Wester Ross, Ullapool, Kylesku, Loch Eriboll, Kyle of Tongue, and the north coast to John O Groats, staying overnight at Thurso.

The next day (Sunday 21st June) is "The Longest Day" – A steady but rapid 15hr and 839 mile drive from John O Groats to Lands End ! Buger King and Service Areas all the way I suspect. Depending on the journey time, we hope to get into the pub at Zennor for around 7:30pm, eat, then watch the sun go down from the back garden... but plans may change subject to the journey.

The last day will seem like an anticlimax, with a late breakfast, visit Tintagel (King Arthurs Castle) head to Guildford to drop John off, dinner there perhaps, then head home to Sheffield for a well earned bath and sleep ! I will of course be updating this page with the trip as it progresses, hopefully with some photos, so do call back in June !