The Llanthony Priory walk for Cancer Research

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While living in England a few years ago a group of us got together to raise money for Cancer research. We decided each year we would complete a walk based on a different theme. All of these walks would be carried out dressed in medieval attire and follow the original routes as laid down in history. This is the photographic story of just one of them.

The Linking of the Llanthony Priory in Wales to the Priory in Gloucester.

This walk was to recreate the escape of the Priory Monks who were living in the Llanthony Priory in Wales. These Monks were forced out of there Priory by continual attacks by the Welsh locals causing them to make there escape over the mountains bordering England and Wales and then down into the City of Gloucester. Once in Gloucester they built a new Priory called Llanthony Secunda. The object of the walk was to carry a stone from the Welsh Priory and transport it to the Priory in Gloucester. On arrival this stone was then presented to the Mayor of Gloucester, who then laid it within the walls of the Gloucester Priory. The walk a total of 165 miles proved to be harder than any of us expected due to the mountains we had to traverse between the Welsh Priory and the Gloucester Priory. We did however make ample use of the local drinking establishments wherever they could be found.

Our start point Llanthony Priory in the Welsh Breacon Beacons

Llanthony Priory is a partly ruined former Augustinian priory situated in the secluded Vale of Ewyas, a steep sided once glaciated valley within the Black Mountains area of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Monmouthshire, south east Wales. The mountain you see in the background is just one of many we were about to encounter.

No Turning Back

The day we started out proved to be the hottest day the locals said that they could remember for many a year. This is us leaving the Priory after the locals had wished us on our way after treating us to there best homemade beer and lamb-shank pot roast.

Half way up the first mountain.

The Breacon Beacons have to be one of the most beautiful areas in whole United Kingdom but they are extremely difficult to walk, especially for four middle aged men with no training what so ever except on how lift a beer glass.

View from the top

Once arriving at the top as you can see the view was spectacular. We rested here for about an hour sampling the home made brew the locals had given us back down in the Priory. The next site however was to stun us and or medieval costumes were not helping with the heat what so-ever.

The long and winding road.

As mention we were not prepared to find what we did at the top of this mountain. This old medieval trail stretches for 26 miles over the top of the Welsh mountains and there was not a soul in site. Staring to walk this trail we felt completely alone, but as you will see this was about to change . The Monk by the way is my friend David Christmas and yes that is his real name, on this trip he was called the "mad monk" and take note of his footwear he wore those sandals throughout the walk.

A surprise encounter on the road to nowhere.

As we walked over this incredible countryside not meeting a soul anywhere all you could he hear was the sound of the birds and you tended to get lost in your own thoughts. Not a word was spoken until suddenly as we rounded a bend the incredible happened. We came face to face with a group of Chinese tourists walking in the opposite direction. Fun was had by all as we swapped drinks and told each other what laid ahead. This was a chance meeting for if it were not for them, we would have taken a wrong turning on the track that we needed to take to get off the mountain for the night.

A mountain dweller

I had to add this as the poor animal followed us for about 3 miles it was only when we started to go down the mountain into Abergavenny that he turned around and left us.

Off the mountain doing the beatles walk.

Arriving at the bottom of the mountain just going into Abergavenny hoping to see a pub.
Abergavenny is a market town in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located 15 miles west of Monmouth on the A40 and A465 roads, 6 miles from the English border. Originally the site of a Roman fort, Gobannium, it became a medieval walled town within the Welsh Marches. The town contains the remains of a medieval stone castle built soon after the Norman conquest of Wales.

Abergavenny a small city in Wales

I have to say the people of Abergavenny a small city in Wales treated us like royalty interviewed by the local radio and the BBC we were told to go to any Pub and enjoy the local beer with no charge to us at all. These people were so good to us that we managed to raise over $3000 dollars in the one day we were there.

Arriving in Gloucester

There is a lot more to this story but I think it would go on to far so I will end this know by showing you are arrival in Gloucester. But first we have to pass him.

Gloucester

Here we are all safe and sound being treated by BBC Radio Gloucester to the first of many welcoming pints.
There are other elements to this story but to many for this one article. I will post another article in the future of the final part of the walk from Abergavenny to the Grand City of Gloucester.

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Cancer Research, Charity Walk For Cancer Research, Gloucester, Llanthony Priory, Wales

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author avatar R.RAVI
10th Jul 2012 (#)

useful

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Jul 2012 (#)

Beautifully presented! Great photos to illustrate the text! Well deserved star!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
10th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Jerry and R.Ravi
for your Kind Comments
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar A K Rao
10th Jul 2012 (#)

That wasabeautifulnarration withexcellent picture support! For a while I had a feeling that I wasalsotravelling along with you! hats Off to your humane cause and wish you all the best for your future endeavors! Thanks for sharing the wonderful experience!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
10th Jul 2012 (#)

A K Rao
Can I thank you for your wonderful comment
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar A K Rao
10th Jul 2012 (#)

It was my prevelege sir! Have a nice time!

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author avatar Ramalingam
11th Jul 2012 (#)

A nice journey for a noble cause.Nicely presented too.Thanks.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Many thanks to you all for your kind comments and for showing me how to do this.
Best Wishes
Steve

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