THE GOOSE AND CUCKOO
The first day of Summer time had brought a definite warmer feel to the air. Nick and I cycled out from Croesyceiliog on a fine Sunday morning. It was a bit cold to start but our route was soon to warm us up. The cycle track was quiet through Pontypool, the gentle gradient steepened slightly through Abersychan where we had an excellent view of the Mynydd Garn Clochdy. In Cwmavon we dropped down to the bottom of the valley, our route was to take us up the beautiful rough track through the Blaenavon community wood. It was a good climb and eventually it brought us out on LLanover Road, the mountain lane which goes over the Garn Clochdy at 410 metres. An impressive view was enjoyed before taking the quiet forestry path that was to make the brothers appear, as if by magic, at the isolated Goose and Cuckoo pub. We were now on the other side of the ridge and a quick descent was taken to the entrance to Goytre wharf, from here we followed the road to the Star Inn before joining the canal to Panteg where we had a look around the cemetery. It was then a fast sprint through New Inn and home via the old abandoned road.
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