|Bronllys (Hill Court) still to be revealed beyond a field of daffodils.|
|The gates are open! Castle exploring requires good stair exercise.|
|Definitely in the Ivy League of castles!|
|Talgarth, old Brecknockshire. The Black Mountains to the left, Mynydd Troed to the right.|
Between them is the pass over to the Rhiangoll Valley, Cwmdu and Tretower, on the way to Abergavenny.
|Looking South towards Llangors Lake, Buckland (yes, a real place Tolkien borrowed!), and the Brecon Beacons|
|St. Mary's, Hay-on-Wye. Back of the church. What a difference!|
First, I had to get to Longtown Castle. The Google lady was great because she sent me up Forest Road from Hay, part way up the mountain. That road is so much less intimidating than when we first came in 2010. I dropped off at the turn to Craswell and was happy to be following up the higher reaches of Cusop Dingle which marks the border between Wales and England when it was then confirmed at this wonderful site.
|Abandoned lime kiln on the England side of Dulas Brook high up in Cusop Dingle.|
|St. Mary's Craswell, Herefordshire|
|The Black Mountain Border from St. Mary's Craswell.|
It was then off to Abbey Dore through the hedgerows. I was in the Golden Valley again, the double misnamed of the Afon Dwr which means "wet river." The Normans thought Cymraeg "dwr" was their own "d'or" or "golden." It's just another wet valley. We've passed this Abbey many times before and I never had the chance to stop.
|Abbey Dore, Golden Valley, Herefordshire|
|Abbey Dore arches|
|I know I couldn't get him on the plane and the Queen would have MY head.|
Moving further up the valley, I crossed over to Bredwardine to visit the originator of the Vaughan surname in these parts, old Rhosier Fychan (Vaughan).
|Rhosier Fychan ap Rhosier Hen|
Recently reading about the castles of Herefordshire, I learned that Old (actually Young) Roger's castle ruins under a green mound next to the church are plain for all to see. That is if you know what you're looking at.
|From the Bredwardine Bridge over the Wye, the mound to the right of the church is Bredwardine Castle.|
|A view of Bredwardine Castle mound from closer to the church.|