Today, we benefited from another spell of good weather.

We departed our Cheltenham lodgings and drove west to Tintern in Wales.Here, we spent time visiting the romantic ruin of Tintern Abbey on banks of the River Wye.Tintern was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1131 by Walter fitz Richard of Clare. The Cistercian community relied on farming, an activity which prospered and facilitated growth in the religious complex at Tintern from an inital collection of wooden buildings to modest stone structures to a significant expansion in the early 13th century with the magnificent Gothic church as the centrepiece.

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