Stuart – Chester 4 Day weekend – Fri 05th Oct 2012

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So I firstly complete the Friday am feeder pick up route that was assigned to me, (that all the tour drivers, in most cases) operate both at the start and end of each tour.
This thereby underlines the fact that “your holiday starts from the moment you join your feeder coach at your pick up point” This is all made seamlessly possible in the first instance by the fantastic job that the back office team of the Operations, Marketing and Reservations departments take pride in at Crusader Holidays and of course Motts Holidays.

I change over to the Tour Coach that has been appointed this season, to our fine Scottish tour driver, Stephen Mc Coll. Stephen takes pride in keeping this coach in tip top condition
and is well stocked up with on board available (at additional minimal cost) refreshments. This is a virtually brand new 2012 Jonhkeer Volvo coach with a mere Forty Four Thousand kilometres on the clock. This coach also boasts extra comfort and seat leg room as it only has Forty Six seats on board, although it would normally have a capacity of fifty three. It is also a very economical Coach covering some 1100 plus kilometres on under one tank of fuel! That economy is of course also down to the careful, considerate and fine driving from the driver!

The weather is set fair and we keep our fingers crossed for continued warm Autumnal sunshine for the next four days. This Chester weekend will also have our Itinerary that takes us through some stunning Welsh scenary on day three, where the weather can turn quickly, but thankfully stays fine. We head north from Thurrock and calling in at South Mimms for the remaining passengers, we embark for our journey north up the busy M1 and M6 motorways. We opt for taking the “Midlands Expressway” the M6 Toll road, which in its own right, will see us skirt around Birmingham (which is notoriously bottlenecked) and afford us onward fast travel towards Manchester and Liverpool and to our resort hotel of the Darersbury Park Warrington. We make a comfortable lunch stop at Norton Caines, situated at the top of the M6 Toll, before arriving at our hotel for five pm. The Daresbury Park is located in a quiet location just off of the M56 and is easily reachable for Chester, Manchester and Liverpool with a Thirty minutes or so drive. The customer here is able to enjoy the ample fitness facilities and swimming pool, fine dining and good attentive service from all of the hotel staff.

For those clients that have taken advantage of the optional Chester City tour that we operate on day two, they were in for a certain treat with our Blue Badge Chester City guide, Allan. He was able to orientate and educate us for over an Hour and a half in the historic facts of the Medieval and Roman City of Chester and Eccleston. Our tour includes the fascinating history that is dominated by the Romans here and the Duke of Westminster. Chester retains most of its roman defenses, that being the North, East, South and West “Gateways” to the city, its most complete Roman walls, its mighty One Thousand year old Cathedral, The Impressive Roman Amphitheater, The Roman Park and the queen victoria 1897 diamond jubilee commemorative Eastgate Clock in the town centre, which prides itself on Seven Hundred year old shopping galleries (The Rows). The uk’s oldest Racecourse is here, the Roodee Racecourse(only seasonal racing), which was once a former Roman Harbour.
Not forgetting the powerful river dee and rapids which run through the centre of Chester, including three important bridges which serve the city and city limits.


Clients enjoy and soak up the Welsh delights on our full day North Wales explorer excursion which takes place on day three. We are no more than Half an Hour’s drive from the Welsh border from our base and it is something special as we leave the English Shires and climb the Welsh hills, the A55 road hugs the coastline, passing en-route the magnificent Bodelwyddan Castle on our left and immediately on our right the Bodelwyddan Church, passing amongst others, conway and Llandudno, with our first destination being LLanfairPG or better known as having the longest word in the world, Lanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This pretty railway village is close to the Menai Straights where the mainland meets the Isle of Anglesee. An important historic figure at Llanfiar is the First Marquis of Anglesee who fought alongside the duke of Wellington at the battle of Trafalgar. The Menai Straight is connected by the modern day Britannia bridge, which we cross and the historic worlds first Menai Suspension bridge which is viewed as we travel to and from Llanfairpg. Leaving Anglesee we head South East via Caernarfon (home of a thirteen towered castle and investiture of the prince of wales) and onward into the enormous Snowdonia National Park (which covers some Eight thousand square miles) and boasts Fourteen peaks, the most famous of being Mount Snowdon. We continue our ever picturesque journey onward to Llanberis where we stop for lunch and visit the Welsh National Slate Museum, which encompasses “Electric Mountain” a vast Hydro Electric power station,tours also take place inside the mountain here. Llanberis also has historic lake and mountain railways and boat cruises which enable you to absorb the surrounding stunning scenery from a different perspective.


Once leaving llanberis the ascending drive takes us via the Llanberis Horseshoe Mountain pass and Nant Peris some 1177 feet A.S.L to treat us to some excellent Mountain sights that a clear sunny day will reward us with. We descend gradually via Capel Curig and Bets-y-coed which are home of the most stunning and evocative mountain river falls, we make our final stop of the day at the quaint river, Railway and Canal town of LLangollen for afternoon tea, cake and souvenirs. Once leaving Llangollen, we can just view the Aqueduct which elegantly carries the canal boats through to Pontcysyllte, we re-join the scenic A5 drive which will point us north via Wrexham before going back over the border and back to our hotel at Warrington.

The final day of our Four day Chester weekend will surely hold some treasured memories for us, as we make our way home south, via the M56, M6, M1 and M25, but not before making an important visit to the potteries at Wedgewood. We have time for lunch there and maybe make some important purchases of fine Tableware and Glassware. We can also take a look behind the scenes here if we take the tour of the factory and the Museum. You may never see the ordinary dinner plate in the same light again, once you appreciate all that goes into its production!

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