Saturday, 24 July 2021

Show supports enjoy Snowdonia

SUPPORTERS of Binfield Heath Flower Show spent an action-packed week enjoying the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia in North Wales.

The 49-strong group was based at the Best Western Waterloo Hotel at Betwys-y-Coed for their six-day stay.

A highlight of the trip was a 25-mile ride on the Welsh Highland Railway from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. The line winds through spectacular mountain scenery, skirting Mount Snowdon, passing tumbling rivers and waterfalls with woodlands and fields carpeted with bluebells.

There were also visits to Portmeirion, the Italianate village designed and built by Clough Williams Ellis, which was the setting for the cult TV series The Prisoner, Plas Newydd, a National Trust house on Anglesey with panoramic views across the Menai Strait to the Snowdon range, Bodnant Gardens, where the rhododendrons were in full bloom, and other National Trust houses, Erddig at Wrexham and a stop for lunch at Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton, on the way home.

The visitors could not resist the opportunity to be photographed at the railway station in the village on Anglesey which boasts Britain’s longest name. Despite the reputation North Wales has for being wet, very little rain fell on the party while they were out and about enjoying themselves. The trip was the latest in a series of holidays arranged by show secretary Francis Williams and his wife Carole, from Sonning Common, which have attracted an appreciative following.

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