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Cycle across the Beacons
In 2018, the Brecon Beacons National Park opened a new cycle route stretching from Llandeilo, in the west of the Park, to Abergavenny in the east. On May Day Rob led a small group of cyclists to ride the whole Cycle across the Beacons route in the one day. Using the wonderful Heart of Wales line we arrived at the picturesque Carmarthenshire market town for a initial coffee. Then across the winding River Tywi, we headed up into the hills following a succession of narrow, country lanes as we rose up under the shadow of the formidable Black Mountain ~ Mynydd Ddu. Crossing the Tywi / Usk watershed we dropped down to the lovely Usk & Railway Inn, Sennybridge, for lunch.
Much restored we took the "back road" to Brecon and then the wonderfully flat towpath of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal all the way to Govilon where the old railway line proved a perfect finale to this 56 mile cycle.
Churches and Chapels of Radnorshire Tour
17th May saw an interesting tour of the churches and chapels of Radnorshire. St Stephen's Church, Old Radnor - being Wales but belonging to the Church of England was our first stop. Next up was unique The Pales, Llandegley which is the oldest quaker site still in use, in Wales.
Following a Llandrindod lunch stop, it was to St Cewydd's church, Aberedw we next stopped.Another glorious place full of spirituality and peace. Finally it was the solitary Maesyronnen chapel, Glasbury that we visited one of the oldest non-conformist chapels in the country.