4th August 2019. Another weekend, another forecast of thunderstorms, but this didn’t stop a party of intrepid Take Flight aviators making the 40-minute flight to Welshpool. Also known as Mid Wales Airport, Welshpool is just over the border and dual-language signage made the team feel suitably far from home.
After a warm welcome at the airfield, the pilots walked through the fields to nearby Powys Castle, a National Trust property with commanding views of the landscape they’d just been flying over. Having taken their time exploring the castle itself, the team enjoyed a location-appropriate lunch of Welsh Rarebit in the National Trust cafe before wandering around the castle’s beautiful gardens.
After that the pilots headed down into the town and enjoyed ice creams at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, where a small steam train was industriously shunting carriages alongside the platform. A lack of taxis left the team with no option but to make the long journey back the airfield on foot, a route that took them through fields of sheep and across a picturesque canal to their waiting aircraft for a beautiful return flight home.