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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Magor ride

Yesterday was a really sunny day and four of us rode out to Magor.  Its an old village situated between Newport and Chepstow.  Nowadays its known because of the service station off the M4 motorway.  But its origins are Roman and in that period there may have been a small port here before the estuary silted up.  Roman coins and other artifacts have been found here.

On the route there we were lucky to find that the Transporter Bridge was up and running again after a long period of being out of action.  Its one of 6 working ones remaining in the world, so well worth the £1 to ride it.







In medieval times Magor was an administration centre for Tintern Abbey and the Procurators house remains.  He would have been responsible for collecting the tithes due to the Abbey



 Magor has the village square with its War memorial taking centre place
 



and the inevitable cups of tea.


Here's the route.

14 comments:

  1. How cool it would be to find a roman artifact, I imagine you are not allowed to pick them up or are you? I found an arrow head on my land so I picked it up! Love the tea party at the end!!

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    1. Sondra, I'm not sure and had to Google it. Here's the link, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_trove#England.2C_Northern_Ireland.2C_and_Wales
      Basically from 1997 in the UK if anything of historical importance is found it belongs to the Crown.
      Cups of tea are essential on bike rides.

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  2. Such lovely pictures. This is a place I would love to visit. Maybe someday...

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    1. If you come Kathy bring a waterproof as we do have a fair ammount of rain.

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  3. Looks a nice place to visit. Not much left of the Abbey, or was thst the house? Either way well worth a visit.

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    1. No not much left but the imagination. But an interesting area.

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  4. I love the teapot. Looks like a nice day over there.

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    1. We've had a mixture of weather lately from warm sunny days to rain and snow.

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  5. What an interesting place. I love the plaque dedicated to the food distributer.

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    1. If you're driving its well worth a detour off the M4.

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  6. Wow, I've been away from your blog for too long. What a interesting trip and blog post. You see so many wonderful things, and on the bike too. Yes, a cuppa tea...priceless.

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    1. Wanda,

      Birthday celeberations always take precedent.

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  7. This really looks like an amazing place to visit :) awesome photos!

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  8. I never heard of a transporter bridge and had to Google it. How interesting. I would love to ride it.

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave