Ross on Wye 2014
Campers. Gill, Ruth, Janet, Roger J, Sue M,
Pat, Sue C, Clare, Kamila (Clare’s friend)
Roger B, Maggie, Carol, Marion, Mary, Susan,
We all arrived safely on the Saturday, some
by the Hotel bus and others by car.
On Sunday a group of seven went on a train
trip which went from Norchad to Lydney and
back. The carriages were pulled by a steam
train and our group of 7 were so noisy the
rest of the passengers left the carriage to
go to another one. Some people don’t know
how to have fun. Our gain, a carriage to
ourselves. Those remaining at the hotel went
on a lovely river walk and came back to
Sunday lunch and then relaxed in the
On Monday we all went to the Small Breeds
Farm Park & Owl centre. We all enjoyed this
very much as there were babies everywhere.
The caring animal handlers were really good
with us and we all got to hold owls, newborn
and old, newly hatched chicks and new born
goats. We even got to listen to a chick who
was starting to peck out of its shell. Just
perfect. Of course they weren’t house
trained so anything could have happened. If
I go again I’m taking a plastic mac!!!!!
Tuesday took us out to a farm to watch them
make cheese. When we got there we couldn’t
get into the room as there was a high
threshold. Fortunately Roger had his ramps
and the farmer got some wood and eventually
we got everyone inside. This was a working
farm so wasn’t commercialised. You just had
to watch as they went about their work. The
owner gave a little speech which was very
interesting but we were there a very long
time which was difficult for some people. We
all sampled the curd and then the Gloucester
cheese, both single and double. Many bought
some to take home.
Wednesday’s trip took us to the cider house.
This had a long bar with lots of different
ciders to taste. A few wobbly legs I expect.
They had a lovely restaurant and bar. This
was followed with a trip to Hop Pockets
which had a variety of shops. There was gin
tasting, glass painting, a winery, furniture
making, clothes shops and a farm shop. A few
chose instead to go on another train trip on
the Brecon Mountain railway. This was a
diesel rather than steam engine. It wasn’t
as good as the first trip as it wasn’t set
up so well for wheelchairs but was
absolutely wonderful scenery.
Thursday saw the coach and followers take a
scenic route through the Forest of Dean to
the Taurus Craft Centre at Lydney. This
didn’t live up to our expectations from what
we had read in their leaflets but as usual
we all made the best of things.
Friday had a change in the weather and it
turned really cold. Some went out on the
coach to Symonds Yat followed by a visit to
Tintern Abbey. The latter is a ruin now but
the driver gave a lecture on the history of
it. Some of us chose to have a more relaxing
day and just went out and about locally.
This time the hotel had six other guests and
it didn’t take long to get to know them all.
The hotel laid on evening entertainment so
we had no say in that. I think some of us
enjoyed them whilst others chose to do their
own things. We still managed to play games
one way or another.
All in all a wonderful holiday with great
company. We BPF folk are a really nice group
all getting along. The hotel as usual looked
after us well. Starting with a wake up cup
of tea, elevenses, afternoon cuppa and
evening meals. You couldn’t want for much
more. If we were late back from a trip they
still made us all tea. This year as well as
a tea tray in the bedrooms they have also
installed TV sets. Quite nice to enjoy your
cuppa and watch the news etc etc Roll on the
Ross on Wye
2014, a few pictures taken by Clare C. and