February News

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14th February - Valentine's Day cycle ride Celtic Trail Day 6

Who said that romance was dead? On a rather damp mizzly kind of day, Sarah & Rob set out for the next stage of their quest to cycle Route 4 to London. Starting at Quaker's Yard in the Taff Vale, we took the Taff Trail down to Pontypridd to rejoin Route 4. We then crossed over to Caerphilly and its spectacular castle. A gentle ride down the Rhymney valley brought us to the excellent Fourteen Locks canal centre, near Newport, where the Mon & Brec canal is being restored. Suitably restored ourselves we headed up the canal and then followed old railways on a virtually traffic-free cycle route 47 back to Quaker's Yard. Thoroughly recommended and now we wait for our final four days to Greenwich, London.

1st February - Celtic Trail Day 5 (National Cycle Trail 4)

Today Rob & Sarah continued their cycle from Fishguard, Pembrokeshire to London by cycling from Swansea to Cardiff. Utilising GWR's excellent service, we took the bikes, free, to Swansea and then followed Route 4 out of the city. We passed by the new university campus and crossed the River Neath. An uninspiring section through Port Talbot improved as we skirted Margam Park and then dramatically as we rode along ex-railway lines from Pyle through the wonderful Parc Slip Nature Reserve for lunch. Then followed pleasant off-road cycling up the Ogmore Fach valley to Tonyrefail. Steep but quiet lanes brought us up to 250m before a precipitous plunge down to the Taff Vale and Pontypridd. By this time the heavens had opened and we had a wet cycle along Route 8 back to Cardiff. No pictures, sorry!

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