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Castles and fortifications to visit on a cycling holiday in England and Wales

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Its difficult to believe this unspoilt area of #England and #Wales, was once one of the most fought over area of the UK – there are castles everywhere.  Try our Shropshire Castles cycle tour for easy cycling and great castles to visit at Clun, Wigmore, Hopton, Stokesay and  Ludlow.

On our Herefordshire cycling holidays you can visit Grand National Trust properties of Croft Castle and Berrington Hall – and soon the castle at Hay on Wye too, after its renovation programme.

And if you want to visit the iconic Welsh Castles or Caernarfon and Harlech (as well as Chepstow, Hay, Abergavenny, Criccieth) and fancy a challenge – try our Lon Las Cymru cycle tour.  

There are also posts about Croft Castle and Richard’s Castle to show you more about the sheer diversity of #Castles in the area. #MortimerHistory

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Visit Richard’s Castle on a cycling holiday

Is this the first #Norman #Castle built in England? It was built before William the conqueror won the Battle of Hastings – so how did the Normans manage to build this castle on the #Shropshire /#Herefordshire border? find out on our #cyclingholidays

Its an intriguing site, and definitely worth a stop on one of our Herefordshire cycling holidays  Here are the ruins of the castle, with two extremely inquisitive guardians – two goats – who are doing an excellent job of keeping the vegetation down.

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The keep and outer stone curtain wall are still there… in ruins, as is the large fortification ditch.  Surprisingly the best preserved part is the dovecot – still with its small square nest boxes, doves were an important food source in medieval times.

Next to the Castle is the St Bartholomew’s church, with its separate bell tower, which looks like a defensive tower.  See more Castles to visit on a cycle tour in the English Welsh borders

 

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Summer #cycling and #cyclingholidays near #ludlow in Teme valley. Always stop to look over the gate. The views are a reward for #cycling. Choose a #summer #cycletour from http://ift.tt/1iY4KfS

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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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