Welcome friends. This humble blog is about the simple observations I discover whilst cycling through lovely Wales.
I hope to offer you dear reader, cheerful reflections upon the days and miles I pedal, along with encouragement to get out and explore by bicycle yourself! Perhaps too, if I attempt a bit of amusing anecdotes along the way, I may invoke your readership as well. Thanks for stopping by... cheers, muse

Monday, 18 February 2013

Snowdrop Run...

Holy cow!... It was another day sunny day in Wales! How friggin' great is this?! We've had nothing but unending days of cold and rain and ice and snow. December and January were simply bleak. Now it's almost spring-like. So the telephone rings and I'm off to ride again with Dai Parry. 

Our first stop was at St. Aeddan's church in Bettws Newydd. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century and the yew trees in the surrounding cemetery are estimated at over 1,000 years old.

On the hills behind the church are prehistoric burial mounds and a large camp with an Iron Age hill-fort.

Read more at: Bettws Newydd 

We then rode further up the Monmouthhsire Valley toward Abergavenny to Clytha Castle. It is actually a folly built in 1790 by William Jones in memory of his late wife.

Read more at: Clytha Castle

Leaving Clytha Castle, Dai led us down this rather steep hill and across the lower pasture. Steve is just in front of me photographing Dai being chased by a cow. (Note, Dai has run behind the bush just on the lower left... the small white bovine in the center-left is the culprit.)

Chasing Steve toward Alice Springs... getting cloudy, but time for lunch and then the short hop home.

To view our route see:  Clytha Castle Tour

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