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The Southern Welsh March: History of the Borderlands

22 May — 26 May 2017 | Tour Director: John Parker

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John Parker , MA, DPhil, FLS, VMH

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1300 at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, for four nights. Afternoon visits to Llanmelin Wood Iron Age hillfort, Caerwent Roman Town, and Caerleon Roman Fortress. Evening introductory lecture.

Day

2

Castles of the March: White Castle (best preserved of the ‘Three Castles’), Longtown Castle (ruined Norman motte-and-bailey), Goodrich Castle, Monmouth (town walls and defences), Raglan Castle. Evening talk.

Day

3

Churches of the March: Priory Church of St Mary, Abergavenny; St Islow’s, Patrishow (exquisite carved rood screen of Irish oak); St Margaret’s, Newton St Margarets (rood screen and loft dating from 1520); Dore Abbey; St Mary & St David, Kilpeck (elaborate stone carvings); St Michael’s, Garway (original Templar church); St Aeddan’s, Bettws Newydd (complete rood arrangement); St Mary’s, Llanfair Kilgeddin (rich decorative sgraffito scheme). Evening talk.

Day

4

Whole-day excursion departing from Ross-on-Wye to Chepstow following the 18th century tourist route: Symonds Yat, the Kymin, Tintern Abbey, Eagle’s Nest viewpoint, Wyndcliffe, Chepstow Castle and Priory. Evening talk.

Day

5

Morning visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Blaenavon. Tour disperses 1300 at hotel.

Tour Dates

22 May — 26 May 2017

Days

5

Cost

£965

Tour Code

SWMA-17

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Cost includes:

accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £175.

 
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