AN EVENING RIDE TO SHIRENEWTON

26/04/08

I cycled the seven miles to Newport city to meet Nick at the Maindee fire station, it was a warm Spring Saturday evening. We were in need of sustenance for the ride so our next stop was the local kebab shop! After this mini feast we made our way out of the City through various backstreets. It was not long before the lanes started in Llanwern village. The flat road through Bishton and Magor took us up and over the M4 motorway. We were then in the other world, of sweet smelling leafy lanes - the golden fields of rapeseed around Carrow Hill shone in the late evening sun. This was truly a beautiful sight; we now knew summer was nearly upon us. After dipping down and across the main A48 trunk road the narrow lane through Llanfair Discoed was taken. The willowy climb up the shaded path to Shirenewton is an awe-inspiring experience, it can be taken many times but it is always as accomplishing as the last time! From here we had views of the Severn Estuary and its two massive road crossings. The lights of the ports in England glistened as it turned dark. We past the floodlit church of Shirenewton to climb to 250 metres on the ridge-road that leads to Earlswood. A fast descent to Usk was then enjoyed then a change to our usual route home took us along the top road to Glascoed and then back home via New Inn....43 miles.

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