Churches to visit on a cycling holiday

 

English country #churches are amazing… fabulous architecture & full of local history, legends and spooky tombs. The best way to visit is on a #bike, during your #cyclingholiday, it means you get to see how diverse they are…here are a couple of examples

 

This is St Bartholomew’s church in Richards Castle near Ludlow.  Its no longer used by the community (the main church is a Victorian church built about a mile away) & you can visit this on any of our Black and White villages cycling holidays.  It stands high on a hill next to a ruined castle.  It has a separate fortified bell tower and a stark, but beautiful interior.  The original box pews for the villagers & local gentry are still in place, and huge wooden screws hold up the walls and there is a Knights Templar chapel.  You can see that in medieval times this was the centre of a thriving community; in fact at one point Richards Castle was a bigger community than nearby Ludlow.  There are fabulous views, & with the castle it makes a good stop to catch your breath on your cycling holiday.

At the other extreme St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny, is very much in use by the community , in the centre of the town.  It was built in 1067 on the site of Romano/British and Celtic site of worship.  There are some amazing tombs and best of all a unique and huge 15th century carving of Jesse (the father of King David).  carved from one piece of oak.   You can visit this on our Lon Las Cymru cycling holiday.

 

 

 

 

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About Wheely Wonderful Cycling

I organise cycling & walking holidays from our farm on the Shropshire/ Herefordshire borders. I love anything to do with cycling - and this area is the perfect place to cycle - quiet lanes, fantastic scenery, lots of history & great food. My blog aims to keep you up to date with the best places to cycle & walk in the area, and all the wonderful things to see & do whilst you are exploring by bike or foot.
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