We had breakfast at the Trewarmett where we stayed overnight. Mrs Twitchen gave us some advice not to carry fifty pound notes as they are highly counterfeited. She suggested having them broken into smaller notes at a bank or obtaining smaller notes to begin with. Apparently forgery is a big problem in the UK. It's something that never occurred to us. We left Tintagel, first driving through the town to see the old Post Office which is a tourist attraction in the area. We didn't stop however because we had a lot of driving ahead. Our next destination was Wales which is some distance from Cornwall. We took the A39 to A361 and connected with M5 north of Exeter. From there we stayed on M5 through Bristol and switched to the M4 which took us across the great Severn suspension bridge into Wales. Our arrival in Wales was immediately obvious since all road signs were bi-lingual. Immediately we needed to exit on the A466 as our next stop was Tintern Abbey. The A466 is a winding woodsy drive which was very pleasant, especially after being on the main motorway for so long. Tintern Abbey is not far up this road. There was plenty of parking and only a couple of tour buses, so the site was not crowded. We spent quite some time exploring the ruined Abbey and photographing it. We then had lunch at the Anchor Pub which is located across the parking lot from the Abbey. It was a good meal and good atmosphere and I would highly recommend it.
We left Tintern and headed north through Herefordshire toward our next destination, Hay-on-Wye, on the Welsh border. We were both looking forward to this as we are avid readers and collectors of books. I also hoped to find some out of print books on the Beatles.
We made it to Hay before nightfall, and stopped to visit a nearby burial site known as Arthur's Stone. It's on a high hill east of town. We then proceeded to town but could not find a room. We headed back to the east on the B4352 and tried a few places and finally found a B&B up a small lane. The name was the Burnt House, though we didn't ask why. It didn't look burnt. We had supper at the Castlefield Inn nearby. This was a nice place but we didn't get to photograph it (or we forgot).
Our bedroom at the Burnt House was upstairs and a lovely ball of a moon could be seen out our eastern window. It was very quiet here, and we heard what sounded like cuckoo clocks in the field. We realized they were real cuckoos, which we had never heard in Texas. They sound just like their clockwork imitators.
|Day 1||London to Devizes||Day 8||Anglesey and Holy Island, Wales|
|Day 2||Wiltshire||Day 9||Beaumaris (Anglesey) to Chester, England|
|Day 3||Salisbury to Glastonbury||Day 10||Fountains Abbey|
|Day 4||Glastonbury to Tintagel||Day 11||Chester's Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall|
|Day 5||Tintern Abbey to Arthur's Stone||Day 12||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Day 6||Hay-on-Wye, Powys Wales||Day 13||Sherwood Forest to Oxfordshire|
|Day 7||Carreg Cennan to Caernarfon||Day 14||Windsor and Windsor Great Park|