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2014 - Daffodil Run - 22 March

For the seventh running of the Daffodil Run scenic tour, the HRCR organisers had received an almost full entry of 23 cars. It was very nice to see many of the regular entrants from previous years together with some new faces to the tour scene.

The event was split into 2 sections, the first one being 46 miles long. The start venue was The Three Horse Shoes Inn at Allensmore near Hereford where the documentation and start formalities took place. The entrants were also served a delicious bacon and scrambled egg bap plus tea and coffee to set them up for the day’s motoring. There was a very relaxed start to this tour as Car 1 was not to be leaving until 11.01 hours, which gave us all time to talk over the plans for the coming tour season. We were running as Car 18 and left at 11.19 hours, passing through Kingstone, Madley and Thruxton. The organisers had given both verbal and written warnings of the wet winter damage that had taken its toll on some of the Herefordshire roads, but, with care, no problems were to be encountered by Dippy and crew.

The route so far had given some magnificent mountain views, lots of daffodils and other spring flowers making their appearance in the morning sun. At Tulip Reference 23, we turned left onto the private road of the 1160-acre, privately-owned Whitfield Estate, which has an annual timber production of approaching 4000m3. At the drivers’ briefing, Paul had asked for great care through the estate with a 20mph maximum speed through these roads, on the basis that if we behave ourselves - we may be allowed back! It was indeed a privilege to be able to drive this road, with the lakes, trees and wildlife being a joy to see. After passing through a passage control in the estate, we turned right onto the public road and drove on via Wormbridge, Abbeydore and Bacton.

The next sight to be seen was Dore Abbey, founded in 1147. In the region of the Abbey, the daffodils had changed to another spring flower - the primrose. It does make one think spring is really here! Travelling on from the Abbey in the direction of Wormbridge, we were treated to more spring sights - this time new-born lambs - and yet more daffodils! We were now back at the start venue for the first rest halt of the tour, with home-made cakes, tea and coffee on offer. We had been given 50 minutes to take the refreshments at the 17th century Inn before embarking on Leg 2 of the tour.

We left the coffee halt just after 14.00 hours and headed off in the opposite direction to this morning’s start. The route passed through Kilpeck and then to the Garway Hill area, where the undulating roads and distant views were just stunning, with the winter not having affected the roads as much here. The next gem to be passed was Kentchurch Court, dating back to the 14th century, containing a large deer park and now the home of the Scudamore Family. The chosen roads now followed a river and took in part of Cycleway 426, which again offered some more stunning spring sights. Part of this loop of roads contained some 3-ply ones (not the sort you knit with) and also came close to the river bank which had at some time flooded the road and left a silted surface to drive over - very interesting!

Getting back to the wider roads, we passed over the Herefordshire border and motored on to Llangarron. From here, the route took us to Goodrich and under the very attractive stone bridge, before joining the B4234 to Kerne Bridge. We crossed over the River Wye and then continued following its route. Next came the entrance to the Forest of Dean at Bishops Wood, which was followed by travelling through Lower Lydbrook, Worral Hill and into Speculation Forest. The trees here looked really spectacular in the afternoon sun.

A short section now brought all the crews to the Gavellers Café in the Beechenhurst Picnic Area, where we were served a very nice 3-course meal and drinks. On leaving the venue, each crew member was presented with a bunch of daffodils and a finisher’s certificate. Congratulations to Paul and his team and the many marshals who were out on the route for a first-rate tour to start the 2014 season. The very accurate road book and clear paperwork were excellent.


Our sincere thanks to Peter Fieldhouse for all his help in compiling and editing our report.


Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy