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Rhossili Beach

Vist a very beautiful beach of Rhossili on the Gower Penninsular and on to today's castles.  Caerphilly is where my favourite cheese comes from and the castle here is very imposing.  It has a moat which we see people fishing in, the BBC film team is there making a recording of a debate that will happen in the afternoon between a team from Australia and a Welsh? team.  There is also a children's TV series being made in the grounds and there are plenty of props lying around.  Chepstow Castle and Castle Coch are next.  Coch is a 'fairytale' castle, not old by other castle standards and not large either and has turrets and rooms with painted jungle animals and birds.

Castle Coch
  Tintern Abbey, the best preserved medieval abbey in Wales.

Find a place to camp at Glen Trothy, Monmouthshire in a overly organised spot.  We are handed a list of 'do not dos'!  Next morning there are misty drops of rain falling and our castle tour of Wales is finishing as we leave by the Severn Bridge.  No toll as you leave only when you enter Wales.  We move into Sommerset and the Mendips area and see a poster advertising 'The Wurzels' who are appearing somewhere soon nearby.  Following Andrew's suggested tour tiops from the book he is reading we go off and find the Tarr Steps.  It is a pretty place on the river where large flat slabs of rock have been laid centuries ago to allow pedestrian access.  Take a lok at Illfracombe which is beautiful.  Porlock, another seaside village where there is a tide difference of 8.5 metres and the roads in and out have gradients of 1 in 4  (25%).  Andrew's navigation took us onto a private toll road where we had to stop at a gatehouse  which bridges the narrow road and ring for someone to come out and take our £1.

Choose a camp ground and listen to an owl gently hooting away to us as the night falls.  Have a chat with the neighbouring cyclist campers who also share their favourite places to visit in the UK.  Look across the ocean to landfall on the other side which has to be south Wales?

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Rhossili Beach
Rhossili Beach
Castle Coch
Castle Coch
the ornate inside
the ornate inside
Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Excellent moat system
Excellent moat system
Andrew with props from the making …
Andrew with props from the making…
Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey
the best preserved
the best preserved
medieval abbey in Wales
medieval abbey in Wales
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