It really is a stunning Autumn this year around here and yesterday was the perfect day to visit Tintern Abbey with my daughter, Alexandra. She is doing an art project on ruins and felt that Tintern would be the perfect place to do a little sketching, pastels and photography.
A remarkably complete Cistercian Abbey Church, founded in 1131, Tintern Abbey is located in a remote and striking setting. Neither of us was disappointed, the autumn trees were truly magnificent as we drove along the Wye from Monmouth and then added extraordinary colour as a back drop to the really very awe inspiring ruins of Tintern Abbey. I think we hit it just right, in time for the early afternoon sun which cast its ethereal light through the columns and arches of the transepts adding something mysterious to the remains of the huge building.
I would thoroughly recommend an Autumn visit to Tintern and an amble around the very pretty town of Monmouth, which is just 10 miles away. The drive from Gliffaes takes about 50 minutes.