MagoGuide Map for the UK

We love the UK. In addition to Hadrian’s Wall, we’ve been hiking through Wales, visiting Dr. Who’s stomping grounds in Cardiff, and checking out London one more.  Here’s a map that shows all the places we’ve visited.

Abergavenny Castle
The Abergavenny Castle sits right in the middle of this pleasant town. The exhibits on the inside are informative, but go for the views across the river and a chance for a picnic on the beautiful grounds.
Address: Lower Castle Street, Abergavenny Wales NP7 5EE United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: abergavennymuseum.co.uk
Telephone: 01873 854282
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Rostra rating: 3
Abergavenny, Wales
We enjoyed our stay in Abergavenny, Wales, but we have to admit that it wasn't the highlight of the trip we anticipated. Neither the Swanmeadow Holiday Cottages at Pantygoitre Farm nor Abergavenny itself lived up to our expectations.
Address: Abbergavenny Wales United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
Located at Wark on Tyne, about a dozen miles north of the Wall, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant proved to be our favorite hotel (as in non-B&B) during the UK portion of our travels.
Address: Wark NE48 3LS UK— Get directions
Website: www.battlesteads.com
Telephone: +44 1434 230209
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Birdoswald
Birdoswald is one of the best preserved forts on the Wall, built on a high spur of land above the valley of River Irthing.
Address: Gilsland, Cumbria UK— Get directions
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Telephone: +44 16977 47602
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Blas at Fronlas
Blas at Fronlas was recommended to us by Judy Cooper, owner of the Cnapan Restaurant and Rooms. And it was a good choice; the service was good, the outside seating very pleasant, and the food was delicious. The best part was that it was within a short walking distance from the Cnapan. In other words, the perfect place for lunch.
Address: Market St, Newport SA42 0PH United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: blasatfronlas.co
Telephone: +44 1239 820065
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Brecon Beacons National Park
Address: Wales United Kingdon— Get directions
Website: beacons-npa.gov.uk
Telephone: 01874 62443751.913194, -3.289739
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bush Nook Guest House
In general the B&B felt over-subscribed.
Address: Gilsland, Cumbria CA8 7AF UK— Get directions
Website: www.bushnook.co.uk
Telephone: +44 16977 47194
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Rostra rating: 2
Carlisle Castle
Today Carlisle Castle is an English Heritage site that also contains the King’s Own Royal Border Regimental Museum.
Address: Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR UK— Get directions
Website: english-heritage.org.uk
Telephone: +44 1228 591922
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Carreg Cennen Castle
Address: Trapp, Llandeilo Wales SA19 6UA United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: carregcennencastle.com
Telephone: 01558 822291
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Rostra rating: 3
Carreg Coetan Arthur
This is a totally cool neolithic tomb with capstone over 13' long supported by two of the four surviving upright stones. Neolithic means that it dates from around 3000 BC.
Address: 1 Carreg Coetan, Newport SA42 0LT United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: cadw.gov.wales
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Rostra rating: 4
Chesters Fort
The museum at Chesters is an old school jewel box. Opened in 1903 utilizing a house designed by the celebrated late Victorian architect Richard Norman Shaw.
Address: Chollerford, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4EU UK— Get directions
Website: english-heritage.org.uk
Telephone: +44 1434 681379
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Rostra rating: 3
Cnapan Bed and Breakfast
Newport is a nice place to visit and the Cnapan is a nice place to stay while you're there.
Address: East St., Newport Wales SA42 0SY United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: cnapan.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1239 820575
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Cwtch
Pronounced 'cutch' (as in crutch), and meaning 'hug' in Welsh, this restaurant is considered the best in St. Davids. Cwtch has earned a Michelin Plate status for 'good cooking.' TeamMago's first impressions were less than stellar or even bib. Things got better with the starters and the lamb shoulder was nice and crispy.
Address: 22 High St, St. Davids Wales SA62 6SD United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: cwtchrestaurant.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 720491
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Rostra rating: 3
Golden Lion Pub
Not to be confused with the faux boozer on Cunard's flagship, Newport's Golden Lion is definitely a gastropub. The service is professional, efficient, and quite friendly given the large amount of covers that this sprawling pub with rooms turns on any given evening in the summer. Our meal at The Golden Lion was one of the best pub experiences of the entire MagoGuide 2016 Grand Tour.
Address: East St, Newport SA42 0SY United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: thegoldenlion.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1239 820321
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Gwyn Davies Butchers
There were few options for markets in St. Davids, Wales, but we enjoyed grilling everything that we bought from Gwyn Davies Butchers.
Address: 2 High St., St. Davids Wales SA62 6SD United Kingdom— Get directions
Telephone: +44 1437 720250
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Rostra rating: 3
Hotel Indigo Paddington
Address: 16 London St, London W2 1HL UK— Get directions
Website: www.indigopaddington.com
Telephone: +44 20 7706 4444
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Rostra rating: 4
Housesteads
Address: Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 6NN UK— Get directions
Website: english-heritage.org.uk
Telephone: +44 1434 344363
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Kings Arms
Dinner at the King’s Arms was enormous and good. We were each given a large plate mounded with lamb chops, onion rings, chips, steamed peas, sautéed mushrooms, and green salad.
Address: Bowness on Solway, Wigton CA7 5AF UK— Get directions
Website: www.kingsarmsbowness.co.uk
Telephone: +44 16973 51426
Email: info@kingsarmsbowness.co.uk
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Rostra rating: 3
Lanercost B&B
The Lanercost Bed & Breakfast proved to be the real thang, a genuine five denarii property and our best overnight stay in the UK.
Address: Lanercost Priory, Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQ UK— Get directions
Website: www.lanercostbedandbreakfast.co.uk
Telephone: +44 16977 42589
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Rostra rating: 5
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory is a beautiful, semi-ruined complex built mostly out of stones from Hadrian’s Wall in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Address: Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQ UK— Get directions
Website: english-heritage.org.uk
Telephone: +44 16977 3030
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Llanfoist
This is an exceptionally beautiful walk along an historic canal. If you're lucky, you'll get to see someone maneuvering a boat through these calm, still waters.
Address: Llanfoist Wharf, Abergavenny Wales NP7 9NG United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Neil Powell Butchers
We bought a dried cured collar joint that Morgan braised. It was very salty, but delicious. We also bought two small chickens that Morgan roasted on two separate nights.
Address: Flannel Street, Abergavenny Wales United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
New Fook Lam Moon
Address: 10 Gerard Street, London UK— Get directions
Telephone: 020 7734 7615
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Newport Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Newport is a great place to start another hike along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. You'll eventually come up on a little spot called Cwm yr Eglwys and its beautiful graveyard by the water.
Address: End of Long Street, Newport SA42 0TJ United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Parsons Bakery
Great pasties for a picnic. We took them up to Sugarloaf Mountain for a picnic.
Address: 2 St John's St,, Abergavenny Wales NP7 5RT United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: parsonsbakery.co.uk
Telephone: 01873 857029
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Pembrokeshire Coast Path
The very best part of our stay in St. Davids, Wales, was the easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Walk. The views are breathtaking and the walking easy.
Address: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St. Davids Wales SA62 6BN United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: www.visitwales.com/explore/national-parks/pembrokeshire-coast
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Rostra rating: 4
Samson Inn
Malcolm shuttled his numerous guests to the Samson Inn with remarkable energy and efficiency, but dinner itself proved to be an uneven experience where my choices turned out good and Patti’s did not.
Address: Gilsland, Brampton, Northumberland CA8 7DR, UK UK— Get directions
Website: www.thesamson.co.uk
Telephone: +44 16977 47880
Email: info@thesamson.co.uk
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Rostra rating: 3
Saughy Rigg Farm
We quite liked Saughy Rigg, which the Reeds classify as a four denarii property. The rural setting with spectacular views of the north side of the wall created a very pleasant ambiance.
Address: Twice Brewed, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 9PT UK— Get directions
Website: www.saughyrigg.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1434 344120
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Rostra rating: 4
Segedunum Fort
The National Trail terminates in the township of Wallsend at Segedunum Fort. Reportedly the most excavated of all Roman forts, we could not shake a brooding feeling of anti-climax during our visit to the site.
Address: Buddle St., Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 6HR UK— Get directions
Website: twmuseums.org.uk
Telephone: +44 191 236 9347
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Rostra rating: 2
St. Davids Cathedral
The second best thing about St. Davids (the first being the coastal walk) is the St. Davids Cathedral. Both the history and the architecture were fascinating. There are free guided tours throughout the day. But there are also volunteers from the community standing about who are always ready to answer questions.
Address: The Pebbles, St. Davids Wales SA62 6RD, UK United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: stdavidscathedral.org.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 720202
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Rostra rating: 4
St. Davids Food and Wine
There were few options for markets in St. Davids, Wales, but one of the best was St. Davids Food and Wine. Not only did they have the essentials for cooking in our rental, but they also served up some nice sandwiches from the deli section.
Address: High Street, St. Davids Wales SA62 6SB United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: stdavidsfoodandwine.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 721948
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Rostra rating: 3.5
St. Davids Rental
Matthew James is the winner of MagoGuide's Host of the Trip Award for the 2016 Grand Tour. He is extremely friendly and helpful. The rental itself was one of the best we have ever rented in a over a decade of short term rental in North America and Europe. Thank you Michael for a wonderful stay!
Address: 31B New Street, St. Davids Wales SA62 6SW United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p8172187
Telephone: +44 7581 812269
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Rostra rating: 4
St. Davids, Wales
St. Davids is a holiday beach town located just inland of the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coastal Trail.
Address: St. Davids Wales SA62 6SL United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: www.stdavids.co.uk
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Rostra rating: 3.5
St. Mary’s Church
We walked up to Newport's church, called St. Mary's, early one morning. It felt completely deserted and forlorn, just the way a Welsh church should. On one side were a set of graves and a nice view looking back towards the Usk river.
Address: Church Street, Newport SA42 0PP United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
St. Marys Church and Priory
If you find yourself in Abergavenny, Wales, then you should stop by the St. Mary's Church and Priory. It's pretty and peaceful. Follow this by a walk through the main streets of Abergavenny and enjoy the shops.
Address: 22 Monk Street, Abergavenny Wales NP7 5ND UK— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Sugar Loaf Mountain
This is a beautiful hike with a breath taking view from the top. Be prepared to walk through lots and lots of sheep shit, though.
Address: Abergavenny Wales United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 4
The Bishops
The Bishops was a fun place to go for a pint or two in St. Davids, that is if you could find a place to sit down. We enjoyed the little nook to the right of the bar.
Address: 22-23 Cross Square, St. Davids Wales SA62 6S United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: thebish.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 720422
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Rostra rating: 3
The Black Swan
It ain’t your grandma’s pub grub. The Black Swan is more of a restaurant with rooms than a Yorkshire pub cum B&B, but it is indicative of a rural gastro trend throughout the UK.
Address: Main Street, Oldstead North Yorkshire YO61 4BL United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: blackswanoldstead.co.uk/index.htm
Telephone: 01347 868387
Email: enquiries@blackswan-helmsley.co.uk
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Rostra rating: 4
The Cripple Creek Inn
For an introduction to Abergavenny, you could do a lot worse than the Cripple Creek Inn.
Address: Old Abergavenny Rd., Raglan Usk NP15 2AA United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: thecripplecreek.com
Telephone: +44 1291 690256
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Cross Hotel
We enjoyed our breakfast at The Cross Hotel. Basic but good.
Address: Cross Square, St. Davids Wales SA62 6SP United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: stdavidscrosshotel.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 720387
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Rostra rating: 3
The Durham Ox Pub in Crayke
Yorkshire seems to have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to gastro pubs and the Durham Ox is a fine example.
Address: West Way, Crayke North Yorkshire YO61 4TE United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: www.thedurhamox.com
Telephone: 01347 821506
Email: enquiries@thedurhamox.com
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Rostra rating: 4
The Fairfax Arms
During our 2013 tour of York, we stayed at this pub for four nights and found it very congenial.
Address: Main Street, Gilling East York YO62 4JH United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: www.thefairfaxarms-gilling.co.uk
Telephone: 01439 788212
Email: info@thefairfaxarms-gilling.co.uk
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Rostra rating: 3
The Farmers Arms
We found ourselves going back to The Farmers Arms time and again during our stay at St. Davids. The food was typical pub grub, but good. The outdoor seating was especially pleasant. And there was almost always seats available in the bar area.
Address: 14-16 Goat St, St. Davids Wales SA62 6RF, United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: farmersstdavids.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1437 721666
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Rostra rating: 3
The Gilded Lilly
We enjoyed our meal at The Gilded Lilly and highly recommend that you eat there if you find yourself in Carlisle.
Address: 8 Lowther Street, Carlisle CA3 8DA UK— Get directions
Website: www.gildedlily.info
Telephone: +44 1228 593600
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Grand Hotel
Originally built in 1872, the five denarii Grand Hotel was the Duchess of Northumberland’s summer home and a favorite of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Address: 14 Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 4JS UK— Get directions
Website: www.grandhotel-uk.com
Telephone: +44 191 293 6666
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Rostra rating: 3
The Grove Country Hotel and Restaurant
For those readers who have yet to encounter a one rostra rating, it means that you would be better off sleeping in a Walmart parking lot and dining on traffic cones boiled in used crank case oil than staying at The Grove Country Hotel and Restaurant. Morgan says that it was all his fault. Patti agrees in part.
Address: Narberth SA67 8BX United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: thegrove-narberth.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1834 860915
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Rostra rating: 1
The Hallmark Hotel
Unfortunately the good news concerning the hotel ended rather abruptly at our room. The Hallmark, another five denarii property, was the worst place we stayed the night during our three weeks in the UK.
Address: Court Square, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1QY UK— Get directions
Website: www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/our_hotels/carlisle
Telephone: +44 1228 531951
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Rostra rating: 1
The Hardwick Inn
The Hardwick Inn in Abergavenny, Wales, was the best restaurant on the European part of MagoGuide's 2016 Grand Tour. This is one of those places where an accomplished chef “downshifts” and everybody wins. On top of that, The Hardwick boasts eight luxury rooms and a great little pub.
Address: Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny NP7 9AA UK— Get directions
Website: thehardwick.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1873 854220
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Rostra rating: 4.5
The Heron
The place is basically a karaoke bar with an attached kitchen that mutilates not one but two types of cuisine, pub grub for the sports bar upstairs and Thai for Heron clientele.
Address: 1 Norfolk Crescent, London W2 2DN UK— Get directions
Telephone: +44 20 7724 8463
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Rostra rating: 1
The Keelman’s Lodge
Unfortunately, the four denarii property The Keelman's Lodge did not quite live up to our expectations.
Address: Grange Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear E15 8NL UK— Get directions
Website: keelmanslodge.co.uk
Telephone: +44 191 267 0772
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Rostra rating: 2
The Newport Market
They closed off Market Street and set up tents, booths, and trucks selling fresh vegetables, cheeses, cooked pies, cakes and breads, locally reared meats and hand crafted things. It was well organized, clean, and very colorful. If you can time you visit to Newport on market day, then all the better. It's open on Mondays, from 0900 to 1300, weather permitting, from the beginning of April to the end of December.
Address: Market Street, Newport SA42 0PP Newport— Get directions
Website: http://www.newport-pembs.co.uk/index.php/street-market
Telephone: +44 1239 821127
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Old Rectory B&B
Our bedroom was quite large, very quiet, and the mattress was suitably firm. The bathroom was not all that great, but the WIFI and the breakfast were both good.
Address: Bowness on Solway, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 5AF UK— Get directions
Website: www.wallsend.net
Telephone: +44 16973 51055
Email: bandb@wallsend.net
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Rostra rating: 3.5
The Swanmeadow Holiday Cottages at Panty Goitre Farm
We enjoyed our stay at the Panty Goitre Farm. Our hostess Tracey was especially nice.
Address: Pantygoitre Farm, Abergavenny NP7 9BE United Kingdom— Get directions
Website: swanmeadow.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1873 840207
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Rostra rating: 3
The Veg Patch
The Veg Patch in St. Davids, Wales, had some good produce and eggs. Kind of essential since we were trying to cook some our meals in the rental flat.
Address: 16 Nun St, St. Davids Wales SA62 6NS United Kingdom— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Vindolanda
Address: Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7JN UK— Get directions
Website: www.vindolanda.com
Telephone: +44 1434 344277
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Rostra rating: 5


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Patti has been traveling the world with Morgan since 1974 and loving every minute of it.  She's responsible for the photography and editing on the MagoGuide website as well as making occasional contributions.  Patti also generates the graphics and edits the MagoGuide products (e.g., the Mago Scrolls).  She recently built and published the iPhone and iPad application for MagoGuide. Finally, she is responsible for this website including code that tailors the content to what readers are interested in seeing.  In other words, a very busy lady.

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