Tag Archives: South Wales

Sirhowy Valley Country Park

Today I was almost dragged kicking and screaming out of the house and bundled into a car to go for a drive. Let me say that the last time I ventured “out for a drive” it was April, there was … Continue reading

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Chepstow, Cas-Gwent, South Wales, UK

  Chepstow is on the Welsh side of the England-Wales border. William the Conqueror ordered Chepstow Castle to be built in 1067, the year after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The castle was to keep the Welsh inside … Continue reading

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Caldey Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast, South Wales

Caldey Island lies about 3 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast and faces Tenby. It’s a small island which, for centuries, has been the home of monastic orders. It was a Celtic holy island and that tradition has continued, first with … Continue reading

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Oystermouth or Mumbles, Gateway to the Gower

  The Gower coast is one of south Wales’ best kept secrets. When I was very young we went there every summer and stayed at Oystermouth (also called Mumbles after the rocks just off the coast at Bracelet Bay where … Continue reading

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The Big Pit, Blaenavon; World Heritage Site

  The Big Pit in Blaenavon, south Wales, was closed in1980 and reopened as a museum in 1983. The pit wheel stood high above the village and was for many a symbol of oppressive employment. Mining was dangerous work, and … Continue reading

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Roman Isca – Caerleon: Visit the Roman Fortress and Town

Caerleon was known as Isca in Roman times and was founded in AD 75. (There is a small town Risca in the Ebbw Valley a few miles north of Newport, which may have got its name from this Roman settlement.) … Continue reading

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