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The fictional character, Cadfael, is a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in the first half of the 12th century.The historically accurate stories are set between about 1135 and about 1145. We offer two tours where we drive through countryside largely unchanged since Cadfael’s days and it is easy to transport yourself back 800 years to these times.
A Morbid Taste for Bones; Heretic’s Apprentice, Monk’s Hood, Dead Man’s Ransom; & Summer of the Danes.
This tour encompasses The Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, Wat’s Tavern, Judith Perle’s House, St. Giles’ Church, Godric’s Ford, Hugh Beringar’s home estate at Maesbury, Rhydycroesau, Tregeiriog, Glyn Ceriog and Whittington Castle.
Much of this route is that taken by the procession of St.Winifred’s bones on their journey to Shrewsbury Abbey , passing many memorable sights, including Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Dinas Bran Castle, Valle Crucis Abbey and Chirk Castle
Sanctuary Sparrow; Rose Rent; Potter’s Field; Monk’s Hood; Hermit of Eyton Forest; Raven in the Foregate; Virgin in the Ice; & Leper of St. Giles.
We travel southwards from the Abbey along the Foregate to St. Giles and then via the King’s Highway via small chapels to the site of the monastery at Bromfield. We the follow the Lutwyche Brook and the Titterstone Clee Hill to Much Wenlock. A short diversion to take in Ironbridge and then Buildwas, through the remains of the Eyton Forest to Wroxeter and Haughmond Abbey.
This tour takes in many of the places from 7 of the Chronicles and allows us to ‘step back’ in time through countryside largely unchanged since Cadfael’s time.
We also visit the ancestral home of a signatory of the ‘Declaration of American Independance’ and his descendant who was a leader in the American Civil War. We also see the first ‘Black & White’ house in the UK and find out how Bronze Age man found his way around the country.
All tours listed are examples: we put together a tour tailored to your needs, simply tell us what interests you, or let us suggest some options.
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