We always offer a pre and post Annual Meeting tour to give members a chance to discover some of the surrounding areas. This year we opted for the Girlguiding Wales owned property of Broneirion as the destination for our pre-tour. This was the perfect base from which to explore the local seaside town of Aberystwyth and Snowdonia National Park. Venture Abroad representative Dorothy Burton joined the group and here she gives us an account of her favourite day of the tour.

Tuesday – Our day at Aberystwyth…
We left beautiful Broneirion at 9.30am for the 36 mile journey to Aberystwyth. People living in Wales claim that its astounding beauty is because of it prolific rainfall – well, when the sun shines, it is truly breathtaking! We were all happy and relaxed and looking forward to the day out.

Sitting at the front of the coach it was a real pleasure to hear the buzz of conversation going on behind me. Ladies becoming re-acquainted with each other, sharing stories from past trips, some going back 50-60 years and more, when they started out as guides, some having been Guide trainers in residence at Broneirion. Couple with this with new friendships just beginning and everyone was set for a fabulous day out!

Talk about places visited, Sangam-India, Our Cabaña – Mexico, Foxlease , New Zealand…and the list continued.

Robert the driver, dropped us all off at the train station – a very nice man, and well liked by all the ladies!

Within two minutes everyone had separated off into smaller groups to discover the town. Aberystwyth is a lovely Victorian resort, with a pretty mile-long promenade, complimented by a pier overlooking the sea. At the other end – Aberystwyth Electric railway – the longest funicular cliff railway in Europe! The view was breathtaking; it certainly wasn’t surprising that most ladies decided to enjoy lunch in the café with “views” at the top! The glorious weather made this part of the day “extra special!”

An added bonus was the busy High Street through the centre of town; bustling with modern and interesting shops, with something to suit everyone. Couple this with a real sense of Victorian “air and style,” and you knew you were somewhere quite special.

All in all – a great day!”

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