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    by yurxlnc Written Jun 25, 2012

    There are various walks that can be followed from Beechenhurst Lodge , especially the Sculpture trail
    There is a cafe with hot and cold drinls.
    The whole area has old trees , and adventure playgroundfor children where many items are madefrm wood.

    Beechenhurst lodge PLayground oak playground 2
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    by uglyscot Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    The walk to The Devil's pulpit is 1.8 km across fields and through stiles. art of the path is quite stoney, but the rest is across grass. Because we'd had considerable amounts of rain, much of the way was muddy.
    When we eventually arrived- much more than 23 minutes- it was a bit of a disappointment. There was a small flat stone saying the Devil's pulpit.The real pulpit was down in the ditch and quite large. Legend has it that the devil would try to convert the monks in Tintern Abbey across the river.
    The view across the river to Tintern is worth seeing though.
    Stones mark the topl of the Dyke, which is very steep on the side facing the river, which would have been difficult to breech. Hence Offa chose an ideal boundary to mark the border between England and Wales.
    The actual dyke stretches 177 miles.

    History
    The dyke is massive earthwork, more or less following the current border between England and Wales. In places, it is up to 65 feet wide and 8 feet high. In the 8th century it formed a border between the kingdom of Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys.
    It is generally accepted that much of the earthwork can be attributed to Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796. The dyke may have been constructed as a defensive earthwork, as well as a political boundary.
    Offa was one of the great rulers of Anglo-Saxon times. That he was able to raise a workforce and resources to construct such an earthwork is witness to his power.

    The Devil Offa looking down at Tintern Abbey
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    by grayfo Updated May 24, 2012

    Symonds Yat Rock is a scenic viewpoint that tower 120 metres above the River Wye and is situated on the Gloucestershire side. It is a beauty spot that is popular all year round with walkers, climbers and bird watchers alike, the rock takes its name from 17th century local sheriff Robert Symonds and the old word for a gate, ‘Yat’

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    November to February: £3.00 per day
    March to October: £3.50 per day

    email dean@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    September 2011

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    by yurxlnc Written Jun 25, 2012

    The walk to the Dvil's Pulpit is about 1.8 km long , though the Offa's Dyke trail is 177 miles long.The track is mainly across grass, though some parts are stone tracks..
    The top of the embankment is marked out with stones.

    information sign marker by the Devil path to Pulpit Tintern Abbey, maybe as Wordsworth saw it
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    by neilward Written Apr 22, 2004

    This was one of about 20 old railway sleeprs,all of which were carved,this one was a butterfly,can you see it??

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    by neilward Written Apr 22, 2004

    This caused great discussions between me and the boys,I thought it looked like a rabbit,sam seemed to think more like a mouse or a parrot !!!???
    You choose....

    chosen yet??

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