Wednesday, April 22, 2015
This is one of the most remarkable sites in Europe, sheltered in a secluded valley. It is a spectacular ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey. The abbey was begun in 1135 and became the wealthiest abbey in the country; probably part of it's downfall when Henry VIII started closing the religious abbeys after changing the official religion of the United Kingdom. After four hundred years it was finally sold and became private property.
It was after three o'clock when we headed back towards that funky road that became even smaller as the miles of rock fences hemmed us in on the twisting road. Think "hill and dale" and add some big trucks in there for good measure. The scenery was very pastoral with many herds of sheep. It must be near shearing season as their coats are thick and wooly. But we did survive the drive and cheered when we pulled into our Premier Hotel for the night. Very nice; a chain hotel much like Days Inn. An early bird dinner, a game of cards and internet made for a nice evening.
Tomorrow we've got a bit more of our wonderful road but soon we'll be out on the highway speeding by many cities as we head south to Bristol where we'll spend the night.
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