Sunday morning, I cycled down to Caerleon and along the newly finished cycle track that follows the river Usk to Newport. I met Nick on the canal we were to cycle the same route that we did at the start of June, this time without the breakfast stop! The weather was warm and the ride was very pleasant along the canal to Cwmcarn. At Cwmcarn the road rises steeply up to the scenic drive through the forestry. Cars pay £5 to go up here but is free for cyclists, an added bonus is that it does not open for traffic till 11am, so any cyclist arriving before that can have a tranquil ride to the top. Quite a few MTB'ers were out early and there was a spectacular enjoyable ride for us up to Mynydd Henllys. From here the walk over the ridge of the Mynydd Maen heralded an impressive view of the Severn Estuary. Over the other side a small section of rough stuff cycling was enjoyed to the asphalt road that reaches the village of Henllys at the top of Cwmbran. From here it was a short sprint home to arrive back for lunch.....25 miles.

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