Day 1 - What a nice weekend away in our 49 seat Mercedes Touro coach, nice weather, nice places and nice passengers. Saturday started with early morning passenger pick ups from Northampton, Leicester, East Midlands and Loughborough. With the coach fully loaded we headed off to the first of the weekends locations, The Anderton boat lift in Cheshire
Excellent coach drop off point and met by a lovely lady who welcomed the group. Tickets were handed out to the passengers who then went to enjoy the 30minute boat lift before taking a 45 minute trip on the canals and refreshments in the sun. Plenty of time for the driver to enjoy the free complimentary meal and a well earned cup of tea.
With the coach having tinted windows, cooled to a nice 20 degrees, bottled water in the fridge the passengers boarded for a short surprise journey to Blakemere craft village for a bit of shopping and afternoon tea. I think we were all surprised by how much this little craft village had to offer from restaurants, ice cream shops, kids play areas, garden centre, Segway's, falconry, clothing shops, antique shops to a small brewery it seemed to have something for everyone.
We finished the day with a small journey into Crewe to the Ibis Styles hotel to check in for the night.
Day 2 - After a good nights sleep and a cooked breakfast the first stop on this day was Llangollen, driving through some very nice scenery in the mountains of Wales we took the opportunity to stop at Horseshoe pass View point to stretch the legs
A slow coach drive from here down the valleys into Llangollen, some very tricky driving to drop at Llangollen wharf perfectly in time for the second boat trip for this weekend but this time a horse drawn canal boat
On returning from the boat trip the passengers enjoyed free time to visit the shops of Llangollen, grab some lunch and head across the road to the final part of our weekend, the steam train.
Located on the side of the river, this journey on steam train 80072 would take the passengers alongside the river, through picturesque valleys and hills where the coach would be waiting to collect them before departing for home
This was one of those occasions where everything just seemed to flow nicely, the weather was perfect, the coach performed great in the heat, lovely hotel, everyone got along and all agreed it was difficult to fault any part of this weekend coach trip!