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Tintern – Not Just the Abbey, There’s More!

Tintern Abbey is such an iconic place and it is easy to spend a whole day there. The Tintern Village web pages describe it as "the jewel in Britain’s beautiful Wye Valley" and yes, I agree!

Explore the Abbey

I really enjoyed my walk amongst the ruins of Tintern Abbey. Despite the fact that there were other people around, it felt very peaceful. With the sun on my back and all day to spare I meandered around reading the information boards at my own pace.

It has had an interesting history. I could imagine a time when it was home to the monks who lived and laboured there.

Tintern - Not Just the Abbey, There's More! - Abbey View
Tintern - Not Just the Abbey, There's More! - Picnic spot

Have some refreshments

Having had my fill of history, it was time for lunch. There are several pubs and cafes to choose from. I was there on a busy Sunday. It was Mother’s Day and there were families picnicking amongst the ruins of the Inner Court.

I chose to have a sandwich in the courtyard gardens of the White Monk Tea Rooms. To be honest it was my second choice as I had originally fancied the Filling Station Cafe, but the queue was too long and I was too impatient. It was tasty and filling and you can’t ask for much more than that!

Enjoy a walk along the river   

The weather was fabulous and after lunch I walked a little way along the river. If you felt so inclined, you could go much further. The path I was on is part of a long distance path from Chepstow to Plynlimon. It is a walk of 136 miles in total and Tintern is at mile 6.

There have been some very famous walkers along the Wye Valley, including Turner the painter and Wordsworth the poet. It did amuse me when I went into the toilets to see that someone had left a copy of the Wordsworth poem by the basin. The title of which is Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey. The painting by Turner is called Tintern Abbey from the River Wye!


Tintern - Not Just the Abbey, There's More! - River Walk

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3rd June 2019

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Explore the UK’s National Parks with Treasure Trails


Explore the UK's 15 National Parks with a Treasure Trails adventure!

Wherever you explore, you'll be sure to discover some breath taking views and get the chance to solve some sneaky clues!

Keep on scrolling to discover Treasure Trail locations in or near to our National Parks. 

This driving Trail around Dartmoor gives you a chance to get a real feel for Dartmoor's spectacular landscapes and fascinating history.

As you explore Princetown, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Chagford, Moretonhampstead and Lustleigh, you'll see ancient monuments, Dartmoor ponies, historic churches and picturesque villages, all set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

This Spy Mission themed driving Trail across the moors starts at Dulverton "The gateway to the moors" and concludes at Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.

With 10 stops along the route to explore, it combines stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquility. Once visited, Exmoor it is never forgotten.

Double, double, toil and trouble!

Budding detective, we need you to help us solve this supernatural self-guided murder mystery around Burley. Search past pretty thatched cottages and Tudor inns in this traditional New Forest village and uncover fascinating stories of witches and smugglers (and even a dragon)!

This Trail starts at the museum entrance and passes the cathedral, St Nicholass Church and the castle. There are more clues to solve as you head back to the High Street, passing the oldest pub in the town before finishing back down by the river Arun at the ancient ruins.

This Trail starts and finishes at the Tourist Information Centre and heads through this traditional Mid-Wales market town. The route also leads you on a scenic canalside walk as you solve the clues to complete this mystery!

This Treasure Hunt Trail starts at the Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and leads you on a journey of discovery around this city, linked to the patron saint of Wales.

Follow the Trail through the city centre and along the High Street to the magnificent St David's Cathedral before returning to the start point.

This circular Trail starts in a car park alongside the river and proceeds via back streets to take in Bath Gardens and the impressive All Saints Church with its collection of Saxon Crosses.

The route then explores the centre of this Peak District market town as well as the historic market area and riverside.

Whilst the Norfolk Broads area may be better known for its waterways, the villages that surround them are well worth a visit as well.

This 12 mile cycling Trail takes in the villages of Ranworth, South Walsham, Salhouse and Woodbastwick and allows for the broads at Salhouse and Ranworth to be explored as well.

This driving Trail starts in the village of Sneaton, to the south-west of Whitby.

The scenic route takes you across valleys and moors, stopping at Falling Foss Waterfall, Littlebeck, the wonderful natural feature of the Hole of Horcum, and Lockton. It finishes at Levisham Station, just north of Pickering.

This 1.7 mile circular Trail route starts and finishes near the main boating piers in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Your mission will take you to the Ferry Nab and Cockshott Point as you explore the lakeside of Windermere to solve the Clues.

The Trail starts at the Coquetdale Centre and takes you along a route that includes the riverside and Front Street and then on to the finish by the market cross. It is easy to feel like you have stepped back in time a little as Rothbury retains a genteel charm.

This is a two-centre Trail with clues in Luss and Tarbet.

Explore both lochside villages and enjoy a scenic cycle ride between them using the West Lomond Cycle Path, which is nearly all traffic-free.

This rail starts at the National Park Centre and heads along the river to enjoy the riverside and waterfalls. The route then returns back into town to discover a secret ancient right of way, find out who is lurking in Win's Corner and finish up in The Square in the centre.

This Spy Mission Treasure Trail begins in the grounds of the MacDonald Hotel resort and explores the town's Olympic heritage as you tour the bustling centre. The circular route includes the memorial garden, the railway station, Rothiemurchus fishery and a hidden chapel.

31st May 2019

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