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Tredegar House  is a 17th-century country house at the western edge of the city of Newport , South Wales. For over 500 years it was home to the Morgan family, one of the most powerful and influential families in the area. Since 2012 it has been managed by the National Trust. This years the trust has a major project to replace the leaking roof although covered for this work the house remained open to the public and they are offer roof top tours until the end of September.

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Walking in the foot steps of Romans.


Founded by the Romans as a market town Caerwent in South Wales it is located about five miles West of Chepstow. roman wallsToday a modern village is built among the square grid of the Roman ruins. The walled town allows visitors to undertake a walk around the town. There are also remains of a Temple, market place and houses. Little bits of Roman pottery can be seen on the surface as you walk around making a direct link to Roman times.

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Hurst Spit.


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Out on a little boat trip today taking the Ferry from Keyhaven in the New Forest out to Hurst spit.

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The Castle is open to the public. The first part of Hurst Castle is a Tudor castle, which was completed in 1544, most of it was built of stone. It had a low profile and very thick walls typical of Henry VIII’s coastal forts. in the area.The castle originally had 71 gun positions on six levels, some sited to allow flanking fire along the front of the main walls. The Castle remained mainly unchanged until the outbreak of war with France in 1793. At this time the castle armament was out of date and the castle in poor condition. It was quickly repaired in 1794 and two gun batteries were built on either side of the Tudor castle, but these have been lost under further rebuilding of the batteries undertaken between 1852 and 1854 which is of red bricks. Vaulted casemates that allowed extra guns to be installed survive in the north-east and south bastions and behind the curtain walls.

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In both world wars the castle once again played a key role in protecting the western entrance to the Solent. English heritage is currently restoring these war time additions to Hurst.

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Several lighthouses have guided shipping through the passage from Hurst Spit to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. The first two, built on the spit in 1786 and 1812, have been demolished, but the Low Light of the 1860s and the metal light of 1911 survive. Both, now decommissioned, can be seen on the rear wall of the castle’s west wing. The High Light of 1867, sited beyond the end of the east wing, still functions. The Needles lighthouse can be seen across the Solent off the tip of the Isle of Wight.

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Boat trip back to Keyhaven.

Plotting the coast line


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There is always something going on at the seaside and you never know what you will see or find. Today at my local spot the council were out using GPS scanning to map the coast line and sea bed along the beach they seem to undertake this every 6 months or so. Visiting most weeks I have seen how in the past year the sand banks and spits have change. In one place 2 spits have joined making a large pool between them – these have spits continued to grow and the pool has now gone and the 2 spits are now now formed into 1 large one.

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