Sunday, 9 June 2013

BEAUTIFUL WALES...part two

Our journey continues.....
On our 'rest days' we decided to do the touristy thing and visit some of the nearby towns for a bit of sightseeing and possibly a bit of retail therapy. Two of these were Ludlow and Hereford. Not Wales I hear you shout. No I know, but they did sound interesting and were pretty close.
I have to say that for me Ludlow was my favourite. The architecture was quite stunning. I really love the whitewashed and timber buildings. In fact there are 5 grade 1 listed buildings in the town including Ludlow castle and the impressive Feathers Hotel, and over 500 listed buildings altogether including some fine medieval and Tudor examples.







The town plan remains much as it did when it was built around 900AD.
We spent a lovely afternoon here doing a little shopping and we even found a small antique emporium filled with all kinds of wonderful French furniture and linens, but alas the things I coveted most were too big to transport home, so regrettably and much to DH's relief  I had to leave them behind.
On the way back to base we came across another castle, Croft castle, now under the care of the National Trust, but the Croft family still reside in part of it. What a find. There is not a massive amount of the inside open to the public, but the gardens were lovely, especially the kitchen garden and the parkland.






For our second walk of the week we set off from Presteigne, about 3 miles from our base, on a circular route taking in part of the Radnor forest. A mere 8 miles this time and in beautiful sunshine. Its hard to put into words how amazing the views were but I hope my photos can give you a little taster.....






My final post will take you with us through the Élan valley to Aberystwyth via the Devils bridge.  I hope you can join me next time.......

TTFN
Jenny xx

8 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny,
    Love the photo's!
    Now I have to go and visit Wales.
    looking forward to your next post.
    Love, from Holland; Léonie

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    1. Ooh now there's a place I would love to visit. I shall put you on my wish list too!

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  2. Those views do look amazing.
    I like the look of the castle, it looks very romantic and a good kitchen garden is always a treat to wander around.
    Lisa x

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    1. Though not big the inside was very interesting and the guides were really friendly and informative.

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  3. Lovely pictures, I do love an outing to Ludlow, it's only an hour away from Birmingham. I often go with my sister we have lunch at the lovely vegetarian restaurant and mooch round the funky shops ... glad you had a lovely time. Sarah x

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    1. You are very lucky. I would certainly love to live a little closer, and I hope I will get to visit again.

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  4. Beautiful photographs Jenny. They took me back to a holiday, about six/seven years ago, we spent in that part of the UK too. I loved Ludlow as well!

    Happy week,

    Madelief x

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  5. I think it would be hard not to. Certainly one of the highlights of our holiday.

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