LLANOVER ROAD AND BLAENAVON

26.9.10

A fine breezy Autumn Sunday morning met us as the cycle track toward Blaenafon beckoned. After stopping briefly at Tesco's for some provisions our route took us on the path that follows the old rail-line up the valley. The steady gradient climbs gradually, which requires a constant uphill effort. High above Cwmafon the track was departed from to drop steeply to the base of the valley, near the old Westlake Brewery. Here there is a forest track that climbs up into the Blaenafon community wood. We could have been anywhere in remote Wales here as the rough gravel track was ascended, the slight chill of the Autumn air and the sweet smelling trees made for an excellent ride to the old stone building in the heart of the forest. Here we stopped for brunch and reflected on Nick's restored Wester Ross, looking particularly beautiful with it's black paint and gold lug lining. The track continued out of the trees to reach Llanover road in Blaenafon, from here a sprint down the valley along the main road was taken on. Pontypool was quickly reached and here we cycled through the park where the council have finally lifted their ban on cycling, a strange fact because they have a mountain bike race held  there every year! New Inn and the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog finished off our short 20 miles of cycling.

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