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A trip to Wales part one


Steve1962

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Today I met up with Andy [ plus wife ] and George [ plus wife ] with a view to riding some roads in Wales .

This report is about my trip to the meet point [ part two will follow later ] .

As we all live in different parts of the country , Andy and George met up and rode to a planned point to meet up with me , as I would be arriving from a different direction ..........

First thing this morning , the sun was shining , a good omen for the day ahead ..........

 

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Right ........programme the GPS ......... grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif..AND i'M OFF ....

 

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A quick stop to take in the view just outside Stow on the Wold............

 

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Back on the bike , as I have a two hour ride to the meet up point , passing Ludlow , Worcester and Leominster before heading north to Whitchurch via Shrewsbury ........

 

On the spur of the moment , I pulled into a country lane when I saw a sign saying Stokesay Castle ..and here's what I found ........ a 13th century Jacobean house , one of the finest in the country..it was all closed up , but I took some photos from outside the boundaries ........

 

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The flag ............

 

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walking around the back to see if I could gain access [ no joy there ] ....I spotted this fella ...........

 

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Then back on the bike , and a nice ride up the A49 to Whitchurch to meet the lads , before our jaunt into Wales .

 

Part two [ the photos from Wales ] coming later .

 

Steve

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Steve, you didn't mention being attacked by giant flies grin.gif

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Stokesay castle was built by the De Say family, the first part of the fortified house was the pentagonal tower, built in the 12th century. In the late 13th century a new owner, Lawrence of Ludlow - a rich wool merchant - added the long hall and multiangular tower. The whole dwelling was surrounded by a moat. The Jacobean gatehouse was added in the 17th century. The manor was only lightly slighted in the Civil was, having quickly surrendered to the Parliamentarians thus avoiding a siege.

 

A great day out again, Sheila and I had a great time, thanks Steve, George and Kathy

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