Chepstow

Cycling

Convener

Brian Mahony 01600 860199

*WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO RESUMING OUR GROUP RIDES AS SOON AS WE ARE ADVISED THAT IT SAFE TO DO SO*

MEANWHILE, WE ARE GETTING OUT AND ABOUT ON INDEPENDENT RIDES AND SHARING OUR STORIES AND PHOTOS

(SEE UNDER "KEEP CYCLING!" BELOW)

If you are interested in joining this friendly sociable group please contact the convener to obtain further information and to register your interest.

For our main group ride programme, we usually meet on the second Friday of the month, commencing in March through to November (weather permitting). We are also trialling some shorter rides which will generally be on the fourth Friday of the month. We may arrange a few rides over the winter but these will be ad hoc and weather dependent so please keep an eye on the web page and your emails for updates. Over the last 3 years we have undertaken a long weekend ride - completing the Devon Coast to Coast route in 2017, the Radnor Ring in 2018, and the eastern half of the West Country Way in 2019.

Where possible the rides will use dedicated cycle paths or quiet country lanes around our local area but will also venture further afield. If you require any further information on the planned rides please contact the convener or leader. A lunch stop is usually made at a convenient hostelry. The group meets at the start point of the ride, but if assistance with transport is required we will do our best to help.

It is useful to have an idea of numbers prior to each outing, so could you please contact either the convener or leader to let them know you are intending to join the ride.

It is strongly recommended that cycle helmets be worn on our group rides

Click here to see the Cycling - Devon Coast to Coast 2017 Video Montage
Click here to see the Cycling - Radnor Ring 2018 Video Montage
Click here to see the West Country Way 2019 Video Montage

Click here to see 2019 Cycling Group Photos Archive

Click here to see 2020 Cycling Group Photos Archive

INDIVIDUAL RIDE DETAILS - WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO ON OUR BIKES WHILST WE'RE NOT MEETING UP AS A GROUP.

KEEP CYCLING!

JULY 2020

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Brian M(30 July) A change of scene and a change of bike. Followed in Brian and Jenny’s wheel tracks with a splendid ride from Darts Farm near Exeter along the Exe Trail and the Exmouth seafront promenade and back. Glorious weather and wonderful views over the estuary and sea. (see photos) 16 miles
Brian MSee Dean Cycle Ride for an account and photos of a recent ride
Brian & JennyJen and I did a ride to Newchurch yesterday (24 July), extending our usual Wentwood circuit a bit, to check out the farm shop that opened in May (mentioned in Christine’s recent log). The farm shop is brilliant and doing quite well according to the lady running it. Great cake selection (which we naturally had to sample) and she even made us a cup of coffee which she doesn’t usually do. Definitely worth a stop if you’re ever heading that way; (see photo)
David & RosYesterday Ros had some voluntary work to do at Swansea Docks so we drove to Swansea to meet up with Oscar, a friend of ours for a ride starting at Swansea near the Swansea Marina at the mouth of the River Tawe. Our ride took us up the River Tawe and then on the outskirts of Swansea onto the tow path of the Swansea Canal, which is under restoration, through Clydach and on to Pontardawe. The ride was there and back along well maintained traffic free cycle tracks and was very pleasant and not too busy. 24 miles and 1000 ft of ascent, but had we had time a longer round route would have been possible. Photo taken at Swansea Marina on completion of the ride.
Brian M See Further Afield to read about a recent ride from Monmouth, with photos.
Brian and JennyClick on Devon rides around the Exe for an account, with photos, of two rides during Brian and Jenny's recent escape to Devon
Brian MLate into Lockdown, I’ve discovered how much I enjoy riding my mountain bike in the local woods. In Trellech Common, Beacon Hill and Whitebrook we have a great network of routes on paths and tracks and some good circular options, all in leafy surroundings. I’ve combined these rides with catching up on some of the backlog of work facing our Village Footpath Group. As you can see from the photos, today’s task was replacing way-marks that have been chewed by squirrels - spot the teethmarks! This is a particular problem in Colonel’s Park above Whitebrook. 8 miles and 10 new way marks.

JUNE 2020

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ChristineBesides my usual trips to Monmouth and between the farms……Hugh actually got on his bike to join me! I dedicated yesterday (24 June) to riding from here to Goldcliff, where Hugh met me with the bike carrier. Very hot but super cycling. Click on From the Hills to the Sea for details and photos
Dave Matthews Click on Hiya Fellow Cyclists to read a few notes and photos of Dave's ride on 21 June. It is a circuit Dave frequently uses - a familiar and friendly route
Brian & JennyClick on June Rides for the latest account of Brian & Jenny's rides, with photos
Barry17 June - I couldn't think of anywhere new to go today (especially as the forecast wasn't great) so I went to Hill again, but anti-clockwise via Olveston, Alveston and Thornbury ring road, and back via Oldury and Littleton. Mercifully, not much wind but very humid, but it seemed more hilly this way round: I could really have done with a cup of tea and some cake at the far-point - but not to be, as shown in the photos. Many more cyclists out today including (if that's le mot juste) two electrics - the first I've seen on these jaunts. In all, 52km and 560m
Mike & JoI'm pleased to say we eventually got out on the bikes last week and, as we live in England, we drove down to Brean Sands. We parked at the NT Car Park near the headland and whist the Cafe is not open, I'm pleased to say the toilets are now accessible and fully serviced. We then rode on the Brean to Weston-Super-Mare Cycle Path, which is about 5-6 miles in each direction. It's remarkably flat with one small section up hill. So it's a relatively short and easy ride, but if you combine this with a walk on the Brean headland or a walk along the beach towards Burnham and a picnic, it's a great day out, especially if the sun is out! We will definitely do it again.
Liz16 June - I started from home in Undy, headed up St Bride's Road and out to Llanvair Discoed. Rejoined A48 and went to Crick where I turned off and cut across to Portskewett. Then to Sudbrook and along coast path to Caldicot. I joined the Moors road and cycled the back lanes to Redwick, then on to Nash, Goldcliff and returned home. Total 35 miles. Glad to report that the Sea Wall cafe at Goldcliff is open for business!
Brian MOn Sunday 14th, a change of bike and a ride with a purpose this week. Got the mountain bike out for a ride around the local woodlands to do some waymarking on the footpaths. Our village Footpath Group has been out of action during lockdown, so this was the opportunity to get started again by replacing some broken and missing waymarkers, at the same time as enjoying a bike ride in the rain showers. Always enjoy seeing the magnificent Serbian Spruce trees in the Beacon Hill woodlands. 8 miles.
Ros & DavidClick on Bike Week to read a really interesting account of Ros & David's rides (with photos) during Cycling UK's Bike Week
Teresa, Ceridwen, Tim, Chris, Dave AOn 12 June, 5 of us met in Brockweir, it being England where we can cycle in groups of up to 6. We pedalled/motored our way up to St Briavels and then across to Bream. Much to our delight we found a wonderful coffee shop with fantastic cakes which was open!! We sat on the grassy bank looking out to great views, thoroughly enjoying such a treat. We then made our way towards Coleford dropping down past Newlands, to the Boat at Redbrook (sob). However the good news is that they hope to open the garden next month. From there we all made our various ways home, a couple stopping at Penalt church for sandwiches with another great view. Between 30 to 40 miles and a wonderful day out.
Maggie & Colin6 June - Started from home at 10:45 hrs, cycled down Spout Hill opposite our drive then across to Clanna Straits. At end of Strait progressed onto Rodmore Lane then right at junction of St Briavels to Bream road. Progressed through Bream towards Parkend where we joined the Forest Cycle Route and then onto the Family Cycle Trail stopping at Cannop Ponds for picnic lunch (see photo). After lunch continued around forest along trail until reaching point at which we joined. Back to Parkend and onward to Lydney via Whitecroft. Joined new cycle way at Lydney stopping at Lydney Lake for afternoon snacks (see photo). Then headed towards home using more of the new cycle way. Once through Aylburton we took the first right turning onto Stanford Road then turned left up a very steep hill which took us back onto Clanna Straits retracing our route back home. Covered 28 miles, 425 Mtrs ascent.
Brian MClick Across the Wye Valley to read about the ride over to the other side of the Wye Valley on 7 June (with photos). 24 miles and 750m ascent
Pam & Tony2 more rides: (i) Severn Beach to Shirehampton via Avonmouth. 20 miles along route 41 and the Portway; no hills! (ii) SS Great Britain to Portishead along the south bank of the river, over the Avonmouth bridge and return along other side of river, 26 miles, again no hills! (See photo) Luckily we live in England and enjoy a little more freedom with the covid rules!
ChrisJust in - the complete story of Chris' epic journey to Everest during Lockdown - Everest Lockdown Trip
Dave A & ChrisGood bike ride (5 June), 35 miles to Severn Beach, Pilning and Tockington. The only windy bit was coming back over bridge and up the link road in Chepstow.
BarryThanks very much for keeping the Group going with news and photos of members' rides- very enjoyable. I've managed to do a ride most weeks, generally "over the Bridge", as I find the lanes are generally quieter and less "hedged in" than around here. I generally aim for about 40 km, but today (4 June) I did 50km to Hill (alas, no tea and cakes) via Oldbury going and Thornbury coming back. There were as usual lots of cyclists out despite the change in the weather (and runners, and walkers - but strangely, no electric bikes seen on any of my rides). Neither have I had the pleasure of meeting with one of our own, which you seem to do on a regular basis. Perhaps they see me first - or hear me wheezing...Looking forward to riding with The Group again (and stopping at a pub or three)- can't come soon enough!

MAY 2020

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Nigel & MaggieClick Rides near Monmouth for details and photos of Nigel and Maggie's recent rides
Brian MClick Ride to the Severn to read about, and see some photos of, Brian's ride on 29 May
Brian DFor yesterday’s ride (29 May) I tried a new route. From home to Shirenewton the usual way via Llanvaches and Llanvair Discoed, enjoying the scent of wild garlic that is common here at this time of year as I climbed up past Old Cwm Mill. A brief stop in Shirenewton by the church (photo) for refreshments then picking up NCN route 42 eastwards past Grondra Great Wood and Kite’s bushes where I stopped to watch and listen to a very vocal song thrush belting it out in the trees (photo), before descending past St Pierre’s Wood to Pwllmeyric. From there I joined route 4 westwards along a very pleasant track towards Hayes Gate before joining my familiar route back via Caerwent and Carrow Hill. I’ve come to believe that the cycling routes around here are as good as anywhere we’ve been since we set up the group! Unfortunately Jen’s bike is off the road at the moment being repaired in Halfords under the guarantee.
Christine Click Bike Rides in Late May for an account, and photos, of Christine's recent rides.
Brian & JennyClick May Rides for an account, and photos, of Brian's recent rides.
Brian MTried adding somewhere new to my ride on Monday 24th. Set off from home and over to Trellech, then along the main road to Llanishen. I have ridden this part of the route quite a few times recently, but this was the first time to be accompanied by the sound and sight of skylarks over the fields. Down the steep hill to Llansoy with lovely clear views to the Sugarloaf and Blorenge (see Photo). Took a left turn along the valley to Usk for a banana stop in the square - no sign of the usual flowers yet. (Photos). Then I headed up to Raglan on the back road through Gwehelog. It is just the most delightful seven miles of cycling - nicely up and down with nothing too steep and great views in all directions. Made my return through Raglan, the old road to Mitchel Troy and yet again up Lydart Hill. It doesn’t feel any easier, but I do seem to be getting up it more quickly! Just bought a new helmet and back light this week - looking forward to trying them on my next trip out!
Derek & IngridCycling to Find a Boat - click to read about this search!
NeilSee Severn Way to read about Neil's account (with photos) of today's ride (18 May) on the Severn Way, heading South. He encountered more than one other cyclist from our group, but not at the same time!
David & RosRos and I have continued to ride our bikes, trying to get a few miles in while remaining local. We have had a couple of trips across the Severn Bridge including loops around Tockington, Pilning and the like. Today’s ride (18 May) had superb views in both directions along the minor road from Devauden to Newchurch and Gaerllwyd. Looking Northwest towards Sugarloaf, Blorenge and Skirrid, (see photo) and Southwest across the Severn Estuary. We certainly live in a beautiful part of the world.
Nigel & MaggieSee the report and photos of Nigel & Maggie's recent rides. Click Nigel & Maggie
Brian MFriday’s ride (15 May) took me over to Trellech and then a nice long downhill stretch past Cleddon Bog and Whitestone to a still deserted Tintern, before riding up the Wye Valley to Monmouth. The A466 was very quiet and it was good to have the chance to look around as I rode along. I discovered that Llandogo has a Village Green that I had never spotted before and all along the English bank of the Wye, the fishermen had returned, and were out in mid stream with their fly rods. Would they be hoping for salmon? My usual banana stop at the old Monnow Bridge in Monmouth and then up the hill to home. Lydart Hill and I are becoming old friends now - I know every change of gradient, where the best views are, and where I need to be extra careful of cars coming up behind. I was lucky today to see a group of six Fallow deer enjoying the shelter of a hedge not twenty metres from the road. Once on the plateau, it was past the Peckett Stone and up to the Observatory for the long anticipated final downhill mile to The Narth. (See photos)
Karon & Steve See photos of our VE Day cycle from home to England, which was a lovely sunny day and we also met Pam and Tony on the Bridge at the midway point. We had a lovely chat and catch up at the obligatory 2 metre distance! Thanks for keeping us connected in these unusual times.
TeresaI like to have a purpose for my bike ride so yesterday (12 May) I cycled from Whitelye via Llandogo to Redbrook. The valley road was still very quiet and it was beautiful being by the river. I used the post office at Redbrook, not just to buy 3 cream eggs. I then cycled up to the Narth where I came upon Brian and Kay in their garden. Sadly no cups of tea! Not a thing nowadays, hopefully sharing drinks will come back quicker than handshaking! Then a quick whiz through Trellech back home. Today I cycled to Chepstow via Ravens Nest to collect some books I had ordered from the book shop; a quick collection from Screwfix and over a very windy Severn bridge. I rewarded myself with my first cappuccino for 9 weeks, even if it was from the machine at the services. I love riding over the bridge. No police spotted, I think they have given up trying to keep the English out. I like it so much I did it again, the other way round, then headed back to Tintern and up the hill to home.
Pam & TonyThree rides to report in recent days: (i) Home to Sudbrook via Mathern and Crick. then home via Black Rock, Portskewett and Pwllmyrick (ii) Home to Whale Wharf near Littleton on Severn (iii) Home to Oldbury. Bumped into Karen and Steve on Severn Crossing. Think I spotted Andy zoom past!
ChrisClick Everest Lockdown Trip for an account of Chris' epic journey during May in "Lockdown".
Brian & JennyClick on VE Day Ride to read about Brian and Jenny's ride on 8 May, plus other recent rides.
Brian MThe wonderful cycling weather continues. Took "rivers" as a theme for my local circuit today (8 May). Down the lovely wooded Whitebrook Valley with the remains of its long industrial history. Over Bigsweir Bridge, with the River Wye, shiny and full of reflections. Up the Wye Valley to Redbrook with its old railway bridge, then over the Wye again and into Monmouth for a banana stop on the old Monnow Bridge. Followed the switchback road through Wonastow to Dingestow where I crossed the bridge over the Trothy in the sunshine and followed the river back to Mitchel Troy, before leaving it for yet another ascent of Lydart Hill and home.
Dave AWent into Forest today (7 May). To Bigsweir, up to Sling down to Parkend, back through Bream, St Briavels, St Briavels Common and Brockweir. (See Photos).
Helen & AndyAfter 6 weeks of (almost exclusively) walking and gardening, we finally got out this morning (6 May) on our bikes - around the lanes of Tidenham and Boughspring, to celebrate Andy’s birthday. And what a glorious morning it was. (See photos) Now looking forward to a delivery from Panevino this evening! With a glass or two, of course!
David & RosSome photos from our ride on Saturday (2 May). A beautiful display of bluebells at Coed Mawr on the way up to Itton, the beautiful view from the viewpoint in Chepstow Park Woods and Ros riding through the woods. Our route took us through Shirenewton up the hill to Itton and then almost to Devauden before taking a track through Chepstow Park Woods. Emerging on the main road we dropped down to St Arvans and back home through Mounton. Quite a short ride but it was great weather for it
Dave AWent to Clearwell (2 May) today stopping on way to see legendary runner Syd, who has run over 200 marathons. He lives near Bigsweir and he took me on a tour of his 4 acre wood full of bluebells. Then up to Clearwell and on to Newlands and the "Cathedral of the Forest", then down to Redbrook and back down Wye Valley. (See photos)
Brian MEnjoyed a ride in the sun on Friday morning (1 May). Taking a slow ride around the local roads, it’s amazing how much wildlife you see. A pair of greenfinches in the village, a pair of bullfinches in the Wye Valley and lots of Jays – the colourful crow. A small herd of fallow deer accompanied me in the woods on the climb from Tintern up to Whitestone. Best of all was a sight and a sound that I thought wouldn’t see again for a long time – a pair of curlews feeding and calling by the old oak pollard in the field next to Llanishen. Some magnificent trees in the forest by the old milestone at Whitestone – our very own “Cathedral Grove” looking splendid and in contrast to the poor old ash trees which seem to be showing yet more signs of dieback this year. (See photos)
ChristineMy ride today (1 May) was just to the bank in Monmouth via Mitchel Troy, then return up the Lydart Hill. It’s 2.5 miles from the Toll House to where it levels off...a steady pull. My stamina must be improving because there is a short, steep hill out of Trelleck to Far Hill. At the start of the season I am panting in turbo number 1, then 2 and today turbo 3...chuffed.

APRIL 2020

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David & RosBrief report and photos of two more rides. We relish our 1 or 2 hours exercise every couple of days; the world looks a whole lot better place from the saddle of your bike especially in the spring sunshine. On Sunday we took the mountain bikes up through Shirenewton and into Wentwood Forest. The forestry tracks never appear to be quite as shown on the map and although we entered where we intended and exited roughly where we intended the bit through the woods was not quite what we intended! Fortunately the ground is drying out and we managed to avoid the worst of the mud. We returned home via Shirenewton and the photo is of the view just before the descent. 15 miles and 1700ft ascent. This morning on our road bikes our ride took us through Crick and Caerwent on NCN 4 and then minor roads climbing up to Shirenewton with more fantastic views across the estuary. Photo was taken outside Shirenewton Church before the descent back to Pwllmeyric. 11.4 miles and 800 ft ascent.
Dave AFrom Tintern, up past The Fountain, saw Teresa just past here who was cycling to Itton. I went up to Llanishen, crossed the main road, and on to Llangovan, good views of 3 peaks again (see photo). Then the climb up Cwmcarfan Hill!, shorter climb then last week but still hard. Then along to Trellech and back down to Tintern via Whitestones. 16 miles, 550m climb.
Tony & PamToday we cycled from home to Severn Beach in glorious sunshine. 20 miles in total over the first Severn bridge, via Northwick and Redwick. The greatly reduced road traffic made the ride even more of a treat. (See photo).
Brian & JennyOur usual 10 minute Saturday morning stroll to collect our paper from Penhow Community Shop was replaced by a ride to the Co-Op in Magor. Let’s extend it for our daily exercise a bit I said and we ended up cycling to Caldicot and back through the lanes over Highmore Hill past Dewstow Gardens and home via Five Lanes, a distance of 12.5 miles with 673ft of climb. A couple of photos showing the famous totem pole on the former Dewstow Golf Club, which I managed to hit during a round in the old days when I tried to play golf and one looking over to Llanvair Discoed in the distance with Wentwood behind.
Maggie & ColinWe cycled from home to Hewelsfield down to Brockwier along the A466 through Llandogo to Bigsweir bridge then right on St Briavels road stopping at Cadora Woods for picnic, home via Mork, Stowe and Bream. There were very few Walkers, cyclists or traffic and social distancing was observed at all times. 18 miles, 505 mts total climb. We were on our e-bikes. The A466 had very little traffic so would be a good time for anyone to ride Chepstow to Monmouth (See photo).
Brian MFinally got out on my bike today. Found a nice circuit that took me from The Narth to Penallt, past Humble’s Farm and then left up a little lane with, surprisingly, a deep flood to negotiate, and onto the main road to Trellech. Followed a circuit up to Catbrook and down to Parkhouse, then back up to Trellech with lovely views over the Angiddy Valley. Finally over Beacon Hill to home. 13 miles and 300m of ascent. Lots of wild flowers in the verges. More cyclists than cars! (See 3 photos).
TheresaMy lovely shiny new Amiti E is no longer as new or shiny as it was! In the last few weeks I have done circular routes to a variety of places including Usk, Chepstow, Monmouth, Shirenewton, St Briavels and Chepstow. It's still hard work on the E bike but going up hills is a joy! I'm looking forward to being able to buy coffees again.
David & RosThe highlight of our rides this week has been a trip across the bridge and then Northward along the Severn Way path. It had clearly been extremely muddy but was now rock hard and rutted. I did manage to find a remaining muddy puddle though and needed a hosepipe on the bike. We returned via Littleton on Severn and Aust and back across the bridge. The second photo is of our “tail wagon” It used to be used to take the Old Cocker Spaniel on trips but now is pressed into service as the ultimate quarantine shopping trolley! (See photos)
Dave AToday (9 April) I went to Bigsweir, up to St. Briavels (see photo of castle), through Chepstow and back along Wye Valley to Tintern. Quiet roads. some recently nicely re-surfaced after road closures at Tintern and Bigsweir and between St. Briavels and Hewelsfield. 22 miles, 540m climb.
CeridwenPhoto sent in by Brian Dunford - encountered Ceridwen whilst out on their daily walk and said "It was good to have a chat and take in the lovely sunshine and rural views" Ceridwen says - It was lovely to bump into them, and we chatted across the road! I was cycling between Parc Seymour and Wentwood
Brian MDecided to brave some hills today. Set off from The Narth to Trellech, Llanishen and Devauden following the B4293 along the ridge with lovely views on both sides. I’d always wondered what the memorial is on Devauden Green, and now I know it is where John Wesley preached. On towards St Arvans - hadn’t realised how big the hill is to climb up before dropping down. I’d been keeping pace with the glass recycling collection truck all along the way. You wouldn’t believe how full all the boxes of bottles outside each house were. St Arvans seemed to be a real hotspot and the truck was down on its axles coming out from Laurel Park & Grange Park! Banana stop by the fountain, Wye Valley Road to a deserted Tintern with a high tide and back home via Whitestone and The Beacon. 19 miles and 600 metres of ascent.
ChrisClick on On wearing a helmet for Chris' account of his most recent ride
NeilClick Wye Valley to read Neil's account of his ride along the Wye Valley to Mork, and back via St Briavels. Just under 25 miles.
David & RosOn Tuesday (14th) we rode along the Wye Valley through St Arvans, Tintern and Llandogo it’s great without any traffic. Then up the hill from Bigsweir nearly to St Briavels before following minor lanes through Coldharbour and a big descent to Brockweir. Back on the main road to Tintern, up Wireworks valley nearly to Devauden down to St Arvans and home past the Race Course and through Mounton. Just over 25 miles and 2630 ft ascent. Today (16th) took us through Caerwent and then on the minor road towards Shirenewton. We turned left at Old Cwm Mill and followed the Coombe Valley as far as the road goes then pushed the bikes up a steep and rough track to join the Shirenewton to Usk Road near the Earlswood turn off. Then back home via Shirenewton. 13 miles and 600 ft ascent. This lock down is certainly getting us to explore local backwaters we have not done before.
Dave AFrom Tintern up via Whitestone to Trellech and on Monmouth. Caught up with Brian M on the new Monnow Bridge - we made the most of the photo opportunity! Lovely ride back down the Wye Valley.
Brian MTook the opportunity of the final sunny day this week (16th) for a ride to Trellech, down to Llansoy and on to Raglan. Back to Monmouth on the old road with a diversion to Dingestow and Wonastow and over the old Monnow Bridge. Pleased to spot Dave A on the new Monnow Bridge and have a catch up, before setting off for the long climb up Lydart Hill to the Narth. That hill goes on and on and on…. Lots of wild flowers along the roadside banks (photo), first swallow, new born lambs and happy cows in the fields and “agricultural” smells from all the muck spreading. 26 miles and 680m of ascent.
Brian & JennyClick on Llanvaches for details, and photos, of Brian and Jenny's latest ride on 16th April. Total distance 16.6 miles with 1,720 ft of climb
Nigel & MaggieWest from Monmouth along cycle route 423 through Wonastow and Dingestow as far as Tregare and then turning off north in the direction of Llantilio Crossenny to loop round through the village of Penrhos, past the Lam Rim Buddhist centre and the beautiful Woodlands Farm gardens - normally open to the public at this time of the year - and back through Pen- yr- hoel to Dingestow to rejoin route 423 and the way home to Monmouth. 19miles with 482m of climbing. Good views from Wonastow out over the Trothy valley to the three peaks beyond (photo). St Cadoc’s church in Penrhos has a 1931 ‘arts and crafts’ lych gate (photo)
Dave AWent to Usk today (23 April). Up to Devauden through Kilgrwygg, Llangwm to Usk (see photo). Back through Llangwm, Wolvesnewton, Cobblers Plain, The Fountain to Tintern. 24 mls and 670m climb.
Ceridwen & Tim23 April, in warm sunshine, down from Itton past the racecourse, through unusually quiet Tintern, stopped for a paper in Llandogo shop and north up the Wye Valley, clouds of bluebells on the left. Up the lovely Whitebrook Valley & round The Narth, along Beacon Hill, rather hazy views, through Local Nature Reserve Cleddon Bog (why a bog at the top of a hill?), carefully down the drain towards the Fountain, to Cobbler’s Plain and swoop down from Devauden, 26.4miles, 2300ft ascent
Brian MClick on Wye Valley by the Low Road and High Road for an account, and photos of Brian's ride on 23 April. 36 miles and 700m of ascent
ChristineClick on Pallet of Colours and Birdsong to read about Christine's ride on 24 April, with photos. 33 miles
David & RosThe low lights of our cycling this week was when I fell off my mountain bike into a patch of brambles in St Pierre woods on Friday! The high point was a 26 mile ride with 2600 ft of ascent as our contribution to the 2.6 challenge which we did in aid of St David’s Hospice (on 19 April). We both wore our pink jerseys from the Tour de Gwent organised by St David’s. Our route took us through Caerwent towards Magor then through St Brides to Park Seymour then the long climb up into Wentwood. We then descended into Llanvair Discoed before climbing up to Shirenewton down to Great Barnet’s wood which we did a loop around to get the mileage right then home via Mounton and past St Pierre Woods.
Maggie and ColinTheir "Holiday at Home Ride" - Colin and I did get our cycle ride in yesterday (27 April). We just started riding the lanes around where we live, some we had not been on for years, some were the lanes I used to go horse riding on. We went past places where our daughters used to compete on their ponies, so many happy memories. The odd off road but not much. It was surprising how far we managed to go. We ended up in Lydney but did try to stay away from local villages. There are not many roads around here you can go on without eventually ending up on main roads - but a fun day. We decided to ‘come home’ yesterday as the weather forecast was for rain and glad we did.

MARCH 2020

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ChristineOn Monday 16th March, that glorious sunny day, I cycled to Trellech and back...wonderful! Now it is like November and on my static in lounge cycling whilst watching recorded programmes! I think our bikes will be our life supports in the following weeks. To sunnier days, in every respect.
David & RosClick - Tandem - to see the story of their recent around-Wales tandem ride.
Maggie and ColinWe started to recce our ride for the group. Cycled to Lydney Harbour stayed away from popular areas. Very windy ride. See photo in 2020 Archive
ChristineClick - Trellech - to see details of a recent ride and some photos
Derek & Inglrid Click - Ingrid\'s Birthday - to read about Ingrid's birthday bike ride
NeilGot tired of gardening today so took my permitted exercise on the bike. I set off via the lanes to Chepstow via Mounton and then set off over the bridge. It was all very quiet with spaced traffic and regular walkers and cyclists every ¼ mile or so. I then went via Littleton Upon Severn to Oldbury. Lots of blossom about and spring in full swing. Even with the slight breeze there was no need for much clothing in the sun. I returned via Thornbury and Alveston which is mainly downhill to the bridge. Then back home via Mathern was just over 30 Miles. Hoping all are keeping safe and enjoying the sun. (See photos in 2020 Archive).
David & RosWe have done a couple of independent rides. Last Friday we took our mountain bikes and tried to follow Derek’s proposed route. We rode NCN 4 across the Gwent Levels to Undy and Magor, then turned up Vinegar Hill hoping to take a path through the woods to St Brides Netherwent, but this was impassable by bike. The diversion took us through a massive puddle, more like a lake, and resulted in wet feet. We returned home through Caerwent. 19.9 miles and 997ft of ascent according to Garmin. This morning on our road bikes we rode from home in Pwllmeyric through the grounds of Caldicot Castle, and Caerwent then up some beautiful little lanes to Shirenewton and back home past St Pierre Woods. Glorious day and just the odd jogger, cyclist and farmer to be seen. 13.2 miles and 994 ft of ascent.
Brian & JennyLovely afternoon ride in the sunshine today for our daily exercise. Penhow to Redwick and then back via Bishton and Llandevaud. 14.5 miles. First outing of the year for Jenny on her e bike. Photos - in 2020 Archive - are at Redwick church and Pencoed Castle.
Dave AFrom Tintern, up to Cobbler's Plain, near Devauden, though Wolvesnewton to Llangwm, on to Gwernesney (near Usk). Then to Pen-y-clawdd, on the way lovely views of Raglan and the 3 peaks (Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid, see photo in 2020 Archive). Then steep climb up to Cwmcarvan Hill, on to Trellech and back down the Angiddy. 23 miles, 715m climb.
ChristineChristine says “what a good idea…..this blog of our rides. I feel that I am ‘with the riders’ on their trips.” See Welsh Countryside for her latest update.
NigelNigel says ".. good to read the postings of independent rides on the website". Click Monnow to read about his recent ride in the Monnow Valley, with a few photos.
David & RosHere is a photo from our ride this morning. A quick dash across the bridge. The photo is from the Aust New Passage near the old ferry pier. Slightly surprised to find the ride was 14.8 miles and 750ft ascent.

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13 MarchA cool, but mostly bright, day for our first ride of the season in the Forest of Dean. We set out from Coleford on the cycle trail to Parkend, then up to Beechenhurst for a coffee stop sitting outside in the sun. Around the north of the forest and through the Cinderford Linear Park before climbing up to Staple Edge and a long downhill stretch to Mallards Pike and on to The Rising Sun at Moseley Green for lunch. Returned on the Family Cycle Trail to Parkend and the final climb back up to Coleford.26 miles/1950ft ascent13Brian M

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