THE EWES AND THE LAMBS

13/07/08

After two weeks of rain the weather was beautiful as we cycled from Croesyceiliog at 08:00 on Sunday. The ride took us out through familiar territory through New Inn, Glascoed and then up Rumble Street into the heart of the countryside. After rescuing a stranded baby thrush which was in ther middle of the road we cycled to Croes Llanfair, this crossroad is famed for being a springboard for our trips into the mountains! Today it was time to climb from the Llanellen at 40m, up to the Foxhunter car park, on the Garn Clochdy ridge at 510m. The climb is only five miles so that meant it was quite steep. The ascent through the rusty coloured silver beech forest is deceiving, it looks fairly easy but turns into a hard climb. We talked to a local shepherd, this was the man who, years ago gave us our nickname for this climb ‘THE EWES AND THE LAMBS'. After cycling out of the trees the ride turned into a scintillating ride out onto the open mountainside. At the top we were rewarded with a wonderful clear view. The route down the Eastern Valley was taken quickly. Blaenavon and Pontypool were sped through to arrive home for in time for lunch.

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