Off to Somerset

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 10, 2013

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Saxons Tryst, Stoke Trister

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Today we have a leisurely trip from Penpergwm south east to our next week's home in the tiny hamlet of Stoke Trister on the border of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. First stop is just down the road – Ragland Castle. Its impressive, but doesn't open for another 20 minutes after we get there, so after admiring the massive exterior walls, we move on. Through Monmouth, then down the Wye River valley, which forms the Welsh/English border, past the historic (and ruined – as usual, courtesy of Henry VIII) Tintern Abbey, then on past Chepstow, across the Severn River and down to Bristol, where we  have an extended stop to admire, walk over and investigate the historic Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed and built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Our last waypoint on this trip is at the rural headquarters of Blackmore and Langdon, one of the top breeders of tuberous begonias and delphiniums – 2 of Chris and Tina’s favourite plants.  The show begonias in their glasshouses are really beautiful, and Chris learns a lot about commercial growing and propagation of these plants – so a very worthwhile side trip on our journey.  Finally we reach our new cottage – and its lovely!  Heaps of room, very comfortably decorated – and stunning views across the countryside to the south – we even see a fox run across the paddock next to the house!!  .  A great spot to enjoy our early evening G&Ts....
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