We started off towards Hay on the Radnorshire side of the Wye so that we could stop at Llowes where Roger Vaughan and Elizabeth Powel were married in 1753. The Church was closed, but there were some great views of the Black Mountains.
|St. Meilig's Churchyard, Llowes, Powys (formerly Radnorshire) looking across the Wye Valley to the Black Mountains|
|The Rising Generation of Daffodils.|
|My wife and the later Jacobean to Georgian wing of Hay Castle with its formerly Victorian interiors now being renovated from dilapidated bookstore to modern art-display space.|
|One of four ancient yews at St. Mary's, Cusop, Herefordshire, across the Dulas Brook from Hay and Wales.|
This yew seems the oldest so perhaps the holiest but it remains a mystery to me.
|Just across from the Church gate at St. Mary's, Cusop, is this public right-of-way path that I so wanted to wander reminding me of my forests in the Pacific Northwest of my youth. But our time was short so it was off to Llanfoist and Abergavenny.|
|The best view was out our bathroom window down the Usk Valley.|
|This is at the location of the Tithing Lot that was rented to "John Vaughan and others" in 1844.|
We stopped by churchyard where John's headstone monument is now restored. Then we had our adventure on the Blorenge. The pathway leads from St. Faith's Church where the replacement grave marker for John Vaughan (1789-1851) is now in place. And it crosses under the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal on what was once a tram road. It was the passage to the industrial revolution from the Blorenge on West through the South Valleys.
|The passage under the canal.|
|The Llanfoist Wharf Master's House, just down from where the tunnel comes out.|
|Our Rainbow over Abergavenny and Llanfoist.|
We found the likely place of Elinor Jenkins Vaughan's baptism in the canal in December of 1841. It was a glorious evening!
With light still in the late summer sky, we walked over the bridge to Abergavenny to see the Castle we had missed on our last trip.
|Abergavenny Castle looking back over the Usk to the Blorenge|
|The remnants of the Gate Tower looking towards Abergavenny Town.|
I'm so glad to have one of my own now, thanks to my wonderful kids!
We had visited St. Mary's Priory on the last trip where some of our noble ancestors lie peacefully at rest below beautiful stone effigies. But the sun was setting on the Valley of the Usk.
We walked back to the inn through the youth gathering for Saturday night festivities, both in the lower end pubs and some fancy dress party.
|St. Mary's Priory was closed so we were not able to visit the Lady Gwladys, Y Seren O Y Venni!|
We slept well.
Continue to Day Three.
Continue to Day Three.