Introduction

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

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Second Saturday Ride 
August 09, 2014


Wanna join me for a ride? Why not skip town and go some place new... and I'd love to have you come along. I'll be heading up to Abergavenny on Saturday, August 09, 2014. The ride will start and end at the Cwmbran Train Station. Start Time: 09:30 am.

This is a fabulous little route that runs up NCN Route 492 to Brynmawr then across NCN Route 46 through Clydach Gorge and heads back down NCN Route 49 along the Monmouth & Brecon Canal. I thought I'd head into Abergavenny for lunch and then get on the canal path for a leisurely ride back.


The total distance is just under 40 miles, but depending on whether I go into Brynmawr or Abergavenny - it could be shorter or longer. The beginning of the ride is a mild incline along an old railway line where you pass Blynavaon and Big Pit. Once in Brynmawr there are several short connectors on some quite lanes, but it's essentially traffic-free the entire trip and gorgeous. The ride back will be along the tow path that follows the Monmouth & Brecon Canal which is absolutely flat.

If the travel time seems long, it's because on the return trip the canal path winds back and forth like a snake. (I think you travel as much east and west as you do south!). Plus I'm taking into account stopping for some great photos. I'll be heading over the top of Clydach Gorge and then around and down through it... which is simply stunning. Bring your camera!


Send me an email if you wanna come along by clicking; I WANNA RIDE! I'll keep a close watch on the weather and if it looks threatening the day before (Friday, August 8th), I'll probably reschedule.

Select "View Full Route" to see an enlarged version of this route.


ROUTE COLOUR KEY:  Traffic-free  Shared Use  Quiet Road  Steep Hill

Clydach Gorge Loop
ROUTE METRICS:
Location: Cwmbran to Abergavenny
Distance: 39.6 mi. (round-trip)
Skill Level: Advanced
Approx. Time: 5 - 6 hrs.
Elevation Gain: +2187 ft. / -2187 ft.
Max. Grade: 9.7%
Avg. Grade: 0.1%

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