OVER MYNYDD HENLLYS

01.06.11

The first of June seemed an appropriate time to go for a mid-week outing on the bikes. I cycled from Croesyceiliog along the canal to meet Nick, who had just finished his night shift at Maindee fire station. On the edge of the city the canal splits to turn up toward the Ebbw valley. Here we climbed the fourteen locks which are a complicated set of locks, part of which have recently renovated. Once the 100 metre level was reached, it was a steady ride along the tow-path. Near Cwmcarn there is an old canal worker's hut which is now a café, here the 'Eat-Brothers' kept up their reputation by devouring a full breakfast with plenty of toast and hot tea! Cwmcarn scenic drive is surely mountain-bike heaven. With it's tracks and trails and downhill bus service. There were a fair few MTB'ers out already. It's not bad for roadies either, the asphalt road has a toll for cars but is free for cyclists. There is a scintillating twisty climb through the forest which has to be enjoyed. The birds were singing, the sun shone, what a fantastic ride up to the 400 metre Mynydd Henllys. Having arrived at the top we pushed our bikes over the open mountain, there is a brilliant panoramic view here of the Severn estuary looking over to the English counties of Somerset and Devon. A short walk and the Brothers were at the top of the asphalt road that drops down into Cwmbran, from here it was a quick 15 minute sprint back home to Croesyceiliog....22miles.

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