27/09/2019 : The Dymock Poets Tour Brecon Beacons

The Dymock Poets Tour, Brecon Beacons

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The Dymock Poets Tour Brecon Beacons

Between 1911 and 1914 a small literary group were drawn to the small Gloucestershire village of Dymock, some of them making it their home. They came to be known as the “Dymock Poets” and comprised Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfred Gibson, Edward Thomas and Eleanor Farjeon.Their visitors included W H Davies , Ivor Gurney and Edward Marsh and the work they produced during this time provided the basis for a key period of British and American poetry. Their idyllic life together was cut short by the advent of the First World War during which both Rupert Brooke and and Edward Thomas died, leading to the break -up of the community. Included in the tour 2 nights Bed and Breakfast en -suite accommodation at the historic Castle Hotel in Brecon, the oldest hotel in Wales.

Free wifi and parking. Full tour programme as above. Services of a local and knowledgeable guide. Tour transport on a comfortable mini bus. Guided tour on Day 3 Day One Your room will be available anytime from 3pm onwards. Once you are settled in we will all meet for afternoon tea (provided),  where you can get to know us and the other guests and find out more about the tour. The evening is then free for you to do whatever you wish. We will be at hand to give you suggestions and directions if required. Day Two Depart at 10am for our trip to Dymock, eponymous home of the Dymock Poets. Our one and a half hour journey will take us through beautiful countryside with many interesting sights along the way. On arrival in Dymock we will point out some of the houses in which the poets lived before visiting the inspiring and informative exhibition about the poets in the attractive Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church.
After a break for lunch (non inclusive) at the Beauchamp Arms, one of the few parish owned pubs in the country we will take a short drive to May Hill. Described in John Masefield’s poem, “The Everlasting Mercy” and a favourite walking place of Robert Frost and Edward Thomas , it is also where Thomas began writing his powerful poem “Words”. A short, gentle walk takes you to the summit of this timeless beauty spot with its panoramic views over the Severn, the Cotswolds ,the Welsh mountains and the Malverns. We meet at The Hours Café, a charming award winning café/bookshop for a meal and an evening of poetry related to the Dymock Poets. Day Three After a leisurely breakfast guests are welcome to either: take a guided tour of Brecon - 11am start (included in price) or depart at their own convenience.
The Details This tour involves some walking up a relatively steep hill, of approximately 1 mile. Please bring a warm layer, a waterproof coat and suitable footwear for hill walking. If for any reason changes have to be made to the programme e.g due to weather conditions, we will always ensure a suitable alternative is provided and will do all we can to make your tour , rewarding, relaxing and memorable. Accomodation The Castle Hotel is an elegant Georgian hotel set in the grounds of an 11th century castle with stunning views of the beautiful Brecon Beacons. It has stylish modern rooms, a restaurant, a welcoming bar, riverside and mountain view gardens and a ballroom...

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