The start of August brought changeable weather, but it was not too bad as I cycled to Newport City on a Sunday morning to meet Nick at the fire station. Our direction followed Sustrans route 4 which went along the flood-levels of Nash to Redwick, near the Severn estuary. Our route turned into a rough track by the Second Severn Crossing, in Caldicot we deviated from the route and cycled to Chepstow via Mathern. A rough track along side Chepstow racecourse was taken to the ruined and once resplendent Piercefield House. A couple of miles over fields were engaged before climbing up a lane to Wyndecliffe and Penterry church. We were now high up over the famous and beautiful Wye valley. This area has a very unusual atmosphere to it; both the English and Welsh sides of the valley are full of unusual little nooks and crannies, dark woods and tranquil pools. Our ride continued to the Cot, an isolated little hamlet in the Chepstow Park wood. The road took us up through these elegant woods to the village of Devauden at 250metres. From here we wormed our way back through the myriad of lanes to Usk. It was then a quick ‘traditional' ride home via Prescoed and Coed-y-Paen....50miles.

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