The Marches are still open

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After the floods of this week and last, some people are still avoiding parts of our countries that they think are difficult to visit.

The River Wye flooded this week but there are still plenty of things to visit in the area that are unaffected by the weather

Just because the mainstream media says that there is flooding in the marcher counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire doesn’t mean that the total area space is flooded.

Even in one of the worse spots, Monmouth where the Wye has burst its banks there is still plenty to see. The Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival is still on; the rather strange round house and naval temple – Kymin – is still open to visitors as is Cornwall House and many shops.

Tintern Abbey, south of the town, is open and now that the Wye and the Monmow had receded, walkers are already t be seen.

North in Herefordshire, the cathedral with its famed Mappa Mundi is open to the public, racing at the race-course in Hereford is still on this coming Sunday and the Cider Museum still beckons those interested in converting apples to alcohol.

Shropshire has also been affec ted by the flooding with not just homes and business suffering but the rail newtwork being put out of action for a while as well. But the county is emphasising that it is open for business.

The abbey, the setting for the Brother Cadfael mystery novels by Ellis Peters, dates back to Saxon times and was of importance as being the site of the first parliament. Flaxmill Maltings which is the oldest iron-framed building in the world is still open to visitors as is the museum.

It isn’t only in the Marches. Areas in North Wales, the Calder Valley and elsewhere need your help and the best way to help is to visit when you are able and to help life get back to normal.

In all, the floods have proved devastating for many but they will have an ever greater impact on the towns and cities if people refuse to visit them.

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