First of course, we had to explore the ruins. A lot of these ruins are free to explore, in fact the two castles we did yesterday were both free, and today's priory was free. Some castles you have to pay for, but we're thinking that there are so many free ones that we don't need to spend the money to see more.
One of the more recent buildings (on the left) has been restored as a hotel and pub.
Ruth, walking among the ruins.
Heading off on our hike. Mostly cloudy, with patches of blue sky, but with a bit of a cool wind.
The valley is beautiful.
A tree fell recently, but this track obviously isn't used very much.
About half way through our 8 mile (12 km) hike, we arrived at the tiny village of Cwmyoy. Yes, the Welsh language is very different and many villages have strange names. Cwmyoy has only a few houses, and a very different church.
The village of Cwmyoy.
The church has a leaning problem. Built in the 1200's, it was constructed on ground from a landslide many years earlier and the ground hadn't finished settling. The movement over the years has caused the church to twist and the tower now leans more than the famous one in Pisa, Italy.
The buttress on the far right was constructed in the 1960's to try and prevent the tower from leaning further.
The twisting is more obvious inside the 800 year old structure.
Regular services are still held every Sunday. We had lunch on the church steps, and then continued on our hike.
The trail took us through farmers fields with lots of sheep.
Looking back at where we had come from.
The trail then took us to the top of the ridge that separates England and Wales. The geographical difference from both sides of the ridge is amazing. The trail actually goes along the border itself at the top of the ridge. It was a little chilly up there...we all wish we had brought more warm clothing for that part of the hike! I wish I had a winter toque to keep my ears warm!
On the right side of the ridge is England.
And on the left side of the ridge is Wales.
There are horses and sheep roaming on the top.
And then the trail started heading back down to the priory.
A view of the Llanthony Priory ruins.
It was a really good walk. There are so many walking trails, you can walk just about anywhere in the United Kingdom!
Today is market day in the city of Abergavenny, so we're off to explore there.