Introduction

WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Maybe Maerdy, Maybe Not...

The plan for our ride this day had been to start at Pontypridd, head northwest up NCN 881 past Maerdy to where it joins NCN Route 47, turn right and head back. Simple enough, eh? Well, as time was running short and we needed to get back, we made the decision to head over the mountain, ie "take the short cut".

All smiles as we turned out of Fernwood and
headed up into Blaenlechau...

So began the climb...

and climb...

and climb...

and climb...

and climb we did.


I think it was Joanne that suggested we stop at the top for lunch... "Fabulous views", she said. And that part was true...

Proud smiles and cameras document the ascent...

and silliness with the video camera...

and lunch of course!

The background... see the background?

But all was not as it seemed (or as we were told...). For what was ahead...

... was up.

and up.

At every turn was another spectacular view... (and a valid excuse to pause, catch your breath, and pull out the camera.)




Onward we climbed...




I think Will said we climbed over 1000 feet that day? Regardless, it was truly spectacular and yet another surprising adventure in Wales for this very fortunate cyclist.





We did make it to the top.... we did ride over 40 miles... and we did make it home... 
we did have a great day... many thanks folks.

[ For more images of this adventure see: "Maerdy Adventure" in the gallery. ]



oh, yeah... I must not forget too...


"Mr. Fix-it"... Will fixes signs. Awesome butty.