White Griffin Run 2013

North Wales - May 2013.
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Starting out from the Griffin Inn near Ruthin on a fine sunny day we took what turned out to be a long run though the picturesque Welsh countryside to the top of Minera Mountain. Forming up into convoy we began our leisurely drive through the country roads while taking in the sights of the Nant- y-Garth pass on past the Llandegla Forest and into Wrexham county. Heading through Gwynfryn, said to be the highest village in North Wales (although this is contested by some). climbing up towards the top of Minera Mountain and World’s End (a bit of a struggle for the older cars in the group) shows the spectacular countryside and makes you feel on top of the world!We stopped off close to the top and learned a little of the history of the local area. On the night of 30th-31st August 1940 German Bombers mistakenly dropped Incendiary bombs on the mountain, which set alight the brush and bracken that covered the area. This led following bombers to also bomb the area, as they believed that they had hit an important strategic site, the bombing continued until 28 square miles from Minera to Garth were burning. After this we moved on through Worlds End and forded the Eglwyseg River giving the cars an impromptu wash. We stopped off quickly to view the Dee valley overlooking Llangollen and the surrounding area then moved on to Trevor. Arriving at the Telford Inn by the Llangollen Canal and with the sun shining down we had an amazing lunch chosen from a great menu (I can personally recommend the Telford Double Burger) and the staff were great with the little ones. A short walk brought us to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a World Heritage site) the 18 piers create 19 arches 126ft high to span 1007ft to connect Trevor and Froncysyllte. Our little group dispersed to take in the sights and absorb the history surrounding the aqueduct and its role in the Industrial Revolution, some made the walk across the Aqueduct while those with no head for heights explored the valley below, one of us even hitched a lift on a passing canal boat. After a truly wonderful day we returned to the cars. Some locals chose to go home while most returned to the Griffin Inn to socialize before making their way home. Gareth Hughes Cars in attendance 1 Opel Ascona B Saloon 1 Chevette Hatchback 1 Chevette Saloon 2 Cavalier Mk1 Saloons 3 Others (daily drivers)