It was a cold and blustery Sunday morning when the BikeBrothers set off from Croesyceiliog along the old abandoned road towards New Inn and then on to the cycle track to Pontypool. The cycle-track continued up the valley and follows an old railway line. The climb was gradual but did not let up. As we cycled we climbed and climbed up the valley, it seemed like we were almost stealing the ascent as the view of the Mynydd Garn Clochdy appeared. Before long, Blaenavon was reached. After we went past the Big Pit mining museum we discovered a fresh bit of asphalt track just past the Garn lakes. These lakes used to be an opencast coalmine fourteen years ago, but have now been miraculously changed into a beauty spot. Nick and I were now in the bleak open mountain, we had ascended 420 metres in twelve miles. As we cycled back along the main road down the Eastern Valley the heavens opened and the wind hit us head on. The driving rain eased in Pontypool; here we stopped for a drink from the Tesco supermarket. It was now a short ride along the cycle path to Croesyceiliog after completing an excellent 25 miles.

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