Cambridge Colleges Tour became Hughenden Manor, 21 June 2017

As we search further afield for new attractions, we do more mileage and although we try to avoid rush hours, it was inevitable that one day we would fall foul of a major traffic jam.

We battled against the widespread traffic jams (M3, M25, M4, M40, A30, A322) and although adopting a cross country route to by-pass some of the holdups, that was thwarted by a width restriction, and we ended up static on the M25, not even as far as the M40, after 2 hours, with a coachload needing a comfort break. There was no possibility of making the Cambridge Colleges Tour within any realistic time – – forcing us for the first time, to abandon our destination and divert to an alternative.

As soon as the traffic jam moved forward, we diverted westwards on M40, found a service station, and then enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon at Hughenden Manor – Disreii’s home, and listened to the stories of the relationship of Disreli and Queen Victoria and war-time map-making. First class alternative.

Steve Duckworth primed Hughenden on our arrival and so they could provide food (normally a quiet day); they welcomed us.

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