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Stapleton Castle & Judge’s Lodging, Presteigne

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Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for this year the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site, so I thought we should explore before they move next door!

The one hour tour includes the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

Walking will be a gentle stroll on slightly uneven grassy ground. There is a slight incline up to the Castle. For those wishing to take it easy, the introductory talk will be given at the start and you are free to explore the garden. You can see how you feel on the day.

We then have free time in Presteigne for lunch and there are a variety of places to eat from sandwich bars, coffee shops, pubs, cafes and a very lovely restaurant called The Duck’s Nest (I would recommend pre booking here if interested 01544 598090).

Following a recci visit last month, I have arranged a very interesting tour of The Judge’s Lodging for the afternoon.
It has been called ‘truly inspirational’ by HRH Prince of Wales, ‘one of the world’s most appealing small museums’ by historian Dr John Davies and won numerous national awards, including ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’. So I thought we had better see what all the fuss is about.

We can explore the ‘upstairs downstairs’ lives of its Victorian inhabitants, from Judge’s to their servants and felonious guests, all by the flicker of gas and oil lighting throughout and a hands-on policy that allows you to immerse yourself into their world.

Timings: Leave Ross on Wye 8:30am, Hereford 9:15am, Leominster 9:45am.
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4:30pm and travel back to Leominster 5:15pm, Hereford 5:45pm and Ross on Wye at 6:15pm.

Cost: £39 per person and includes all travel costs, castle tour, morning coffee/tea, biscuits and entry to the Judge’s Lodging.

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