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Report on the Cotswolds Roadrun

The Cotswolds Roadrun

The Tour Party at Broadway Tower

The Cotswolds Roadrun, the third in a modern series of occasional events with this title, took place on 24th - 27th August, based near Burford in Oxfordshire. Webmaster Phil Homer reports on the Event:

Its unusual, holding a roadrun in the week, as opposed to the weekend, so we were pleased that 14 members managed to find the time together to enjoy three days in the Cotswolds.

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We met for Lunch at the George and Dragon in Long Hanborough, near Witney and were well satisfied with the size and quality of their lunches. The first run was less than 1/2 mile to the Oxford Bus Museum which incorporates the Morris Motors Museum, next to the railway station in the village. This, like a number of our attractions was especially opened for us and a guided tour given. We couldn't help thinking how great it would be if we had a museum dedicated to our marque, like the one to Morris.....

From there it was a short roadrun to the Roman Villa at North Leigh. Access was via a long walk down an uneven path but we were able to see the room layouts and some mosaics preserved in a roofed building. Next, through Witney to Burford, we arrived in time for a refreshing cuppa in the High St. Less than 5 miles away was our hotel, the Merrymouth Inn, our base for two nights. We ate in their restaurant with splendid food and service that evening.

Mile and Pat Beavis in the Bus Museum

Members paying attention in the "World of Mechanical Music"

Tuesday was a full day of touring. First we travelled along tiny roads through the Windrush valley to Northleach. Here we were given a guided tour of the Mechanical Music Museum. Such was the enthusiasm of our host and the eagerness of our party to ask questions that the one-hour tour stretched easily to an hour and a half, leaving no time to visit the splendid wool church across the square. 

Instead we took coffee then pressed off on the most interesting part of the roadrun.

This took us high over the Cotswolds plateau on an ancient "Saltway" with fantastic rural views. We came eventually to Stanway, a really pretty village, where lunch was booked at the Mount Inn, washed down with the local Donnington AlesThe next run was much shorter and  took us to Stanway House, where we arrived in time to see the start of their main attraction - and what a sight it is! This is the highest fountain in Europe and the highest gravity fed fountain in the world! The next part of the run took us over the Cotswolds again, via the tiny village of Snowshill to Broadway Tower. Another Coffee Stop with an opportunity to Climb the Tower for the impressive views, on a very clear day, or to see the deer wandering nearby.

The fountain at Stanway House

In the evening, to ensure variety, we had dinner in Great Rissington at the "Lamb" which required us to use the cars for a return journey in the dark.

left: Lineup of cars at Stanway House

Teignmouth at Chastleton House

Wednesday morning was the day that he tail-end of Hurricane Bill came over, though we managed to keep mostly dry until lunchtime. Our first visit was to Chastleton House, especially opened for us. The advantage of this is a guided tour by a very knowledgeable host, around this the most complete Jacobean House in the country. The disadvantage was that it took nearly 2 and 1/2 hours. That meant we were late at our next visit, an interesting antique centre in Chipping Norton. The final visit was for a buffet lunch in the "Fox" at Broadwell" and the last Donnington stop of the Tour.

All 8 cars, from as early as 1926, behaved more or less faultlessly. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and the only complaint was that it just wasn't long enough.....

Maybe there will be another Cotswolds roadrun in the future, or maybe someone will organise a roadrun in their area that we can attend?

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