Classic Morgan Car Run

Hitting the open road….

From Malvern to The Metropole in a Morgan motor car

The route from the charming town of Malvern to The Metropole in Llandrindod Wells is one of the most delightful and varied motoring routes in the UK.

With the glorious Malvern Hills as a backdrop, winding country roads entice the driver to travel through  gentle rolling countryside dotted with orchards, vineyards, pretty villages and inviting country pubs. As the journey gathers pace, the scenery becomes wild and rugged, deserted roads offer spectacular vistas as they meander through the untamed uplands of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Intriguing though the roads are, it’s worth taking a break from the wheel to do some exploring en route.  Eastnor Castle, home of the Hervey-Bathurst family, deserves a detour once you leave Malvern. The arboretum contains many champion specimens, including a rare American beech, and a huge red hickory.  Most of the exotic trees were planted in the second half of the 19th century, at the height of the Victorian passion for plant collecting.

Ledbury, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book,  is a thriving market town with beautiful timber frame buildings and strong poetic connections, being the birthplace of poet laureate John Masefield, and one-time home of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Once you leave Ledbury, Westons Cider Visitor Centre with its idyllic cider and perry orchards, and 400-year-old farmhouse, is well worth stopping for, and tells the story of traditional cider production, from planting the trees in the orchard to the moment this delectable golden liquid is poured into the glass.

Monmouthshire, with its atmospheric ruined castles and lush, green valleys, is known as a foodie’s  heaven. There are many fine restaurants to be found, one of which, 1861, near Abergavenny, is run by a  rising star of the culinary world, Simon King.

Simon trained with the Roux brothers at their three Michelin star restaurant in Bray, and  one of his five-course tasting menus will set up the intrepid driver for the buzz of bowling along on  wild, open mountain roads through the dramatic Brecon Beacons National Park to a warm Welsh welcome at The Metropole.

The famous book town, Hay-on-Wye. is on the Welsh side of the Wales/ England border, and boasts no fewer than 30 bookshops in a town of 1500 inhabitants.

The bookshops range from Rose’s Books, selling rare and out of print children’s and illustrated books, to Murder and Mayhem, specialising in detective crime and horror.

If you arrive on a Thursday, you can enjoy a traditional market in Memorial Square, selling everything from fresh bread and home-made cakes to meat, game, cheese, flowers, plants, antiques and bric-a-brac.

Interestingly, Hay-on-Wye, or Gelli, to give the place its Welsh name, is twinned with Timbuktu in Mali. The little town also hosts one of the most important events of the literary calendar – The Hay Festival – held at the end of May/early June.

With The Metropole as a base the opportunities for touring Wales with it’s glorious scenery and open roads is endless. We happy to advise on routes and places to stop for refreshments

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