April 22nd, 2008

Wanaka tree

Tintern Abbey - ulation

First of all, a big, big thank you to all of you who wished me well for my week-end trip. My knee held up, it didn't rain as much as expected and I went to almost all the places I had planned to. The only place that missed out was the waterfall. It was coming on to rain when we were planning to go there, so we decided to save that one for another time. So, thanks again for all your kind wishes and support, twas a good week-end. 

We set off early on Friday morning. To go up the Wye valley we had to go over the 'old' Severn Bridge, rather than the new, Second Severn Crossing, that I am used to. It's strange, the original Severn Bridge was only opened in 1968 and it was 'state of the art' at the time but it seems ancient now and hardly worth the toll. I did have a quick stop off at the old Aust services to take a couple of photos.

Sadly, as you can see, it was a very misty, cloudy day. It was also very cold out on the promentory where I took these photos.

From the bridge it was a short run up the valley to Tintern Abbey. The abbey nestles in the floor of the valley right next to the River Wye. The river, here, forms the border between Wales and England and the abbey sits on the Welsh side.

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