We went further up the Wye valley for our Sunday walk to Monmouth a small market town that lies at the confluence of the rivers Monnow and Wye. The settlement was first mentioned on a Roman map as Blestium , a place on the road from Caerleon to Gloucester. It is close to Offa’s Dyke the earth wall that Offa built to separate England and Wales in the 8th century. Its position meant that it needed to be heavily defended.
In the Domesday book it was described as a settlement with inferior farmland. However it became more prominent under the Normans. Geoffrey of Monmouth a celebrated medieval historian probably lived in Monmouth Priory and Henry V was born at Monmouth Castle.
After fifty years tolls have been removed from the Severn bridges which link England and Wales. As we can cross the river Severn for free we decided to revisit a couple of our favourite places in Monmouth, Tintern Abbey and Caerleon Roman camp this Easter. Both are managed by CADW, the organisation which looks after historical sites in Wales. If you enjoy visiting historical sites it is a good idea to take out an annual membership which allows free entry to all the CADW sites. For senior citizens like us it is £28.50 a year. Once in Wales both sites can be accessed easily from the M4 and are well signposted. Continue reading “Two CADW sites to visit near Chepstow”
This weekend we visited Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is a short hop across the Severn bridge from Bristol and we were able to catch a bus from Bristol to Newport and change for Cardiff.
We wanted to go to the RHS flower show which is held annually in Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle. The Royal Horticultural Society is a charity which was set up to encourage an interest in gardening. Cardiff flower show is the first show of the season and is held in April This means that you have a chance to buy plants in time for the summer. It is smaller and less crowded than the more famous shows like Chelsea. Continue reading “Cardiff Review of the RHS flower show”
This week Bill and I went on a coach trip to the royal mint at Llantrisant which is near Cardiff in Wales. I have been a coin collector for a number of years and was keen to learn a little more about how they were made. The visitor experience centre was opened in 2016 and cost nine million pounds so we were hoping for an interesting visit. Continue reading “Visiting the Royal Mint at Llantrisant”