I've not been to that re-group but they're usually a good opportunity to get close to the drivers and see them out of the cars - if the weather is dry I'd say it would be worth the trip. The other thing that might be worth considering is to look at the route that the cars will be taking on the public road and find a village where they'll be passing through (ideally with a pub or café) and park up to watch the cars come past - I'd expect there would be people from the village out watching too. Nb - best doing that after the first run of the stages, if you're after the second run then you'll get caught up in spectator traffic as people leave the stages. Oswestry can be a bit of a bottleneck but at least the Newtown bypass has been finished, which should help traffic flow around there.
Originally Posted by Stevendufc
Service park is usually worth a visit just for a bit of atmosphere - there are merch stalls and usually a big screen playing interviews and action - and with it being in a town centre this year you can always go for food if you or your son get bored. Like the re-group, it'd be better if the weather was dry!
On Sunday, yeah, really early! I'd say try to arrive no later than 2 hours before first car is due. If you can get parked on the side of the B4501 (carpark P2), that would be best - you could walk to either stage from there. The view from the dam and towards the end of Brenig is decent (point V2) and although it's uphill walking back to your car, you should have an unobstructed view as the terrain is open and the cars below you as they come up the valley (have a look on Google earth). You'll be queueing all the way into Cerrig afterwards, took me 30 minutes just to reach the A5 last year, and that wasn't a Powerstage so possibly fewer people than there will be this year. There should be at least one van selling tea, coffee, bacon rolls and economy burgers!
This the view (click to enlarge) from close to the roadside of the B4501, looking down towards the stage - the dam is a long way back from the stage but it's a fast stretch so still a decent watch.
Last year isn't really a good comparison indeed, it was on friday and in the middle of the loop. This year going there is nearly the only good option on sunday. Pretty much all spectators are going to these two stages on Sunday. Hard to predict how many there will be... Also keep in mind that most roads leading towards Manchester are full of traffic on Sunday afternoon.
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