FEBRUARY TREASURES - A RIDE TO SHIRENEWTON

12.02.11

Saturday morning came and it was fine, mild and sunny. A training ride was the order of the day to catch up on some basic climbing skills! The ride along Trehebert road was pleasant before our short sharp shock up the steep track to Croesyllywarch. Descending to Newbridge on Usk we crossed the river and turned south for an almost traffic-free  cycle to Abernant. The Brothers then climbed up along side the Celtic Manor golf-course and then up the Roman road to drop down to Langstone. Here there is a rough cycle track here that follows the busy A48 road. After that we thankfully got onto the narrow lanes that we like and head toward Llanfair Discoed. From here there is a little known tranquil path toward Shirenewton. Going past the Cwm, Fred Hando [the great writer and artist of Newport] once came here looking for 'February treasures' we were to find our own treasures on the pleasant wooded climb up toward Shirenewton, this secluded route passes by some thick woodland where we heard the sound of a fox hunting horn. After passing through the village we ate lunch outside the village hall. We talked gentleman was watching the hunt from a distance, we saw the horses and hounds, but no fox - with a bit of luck it got away! The climbing stopped in Wentwood, here a fast descent was enjoyed toward Usk. After dodging the pot holes in the road the route took us out to Monkswood  and Glascoed. The ride had taken it's toll on Nick and myself and 'Easter-legs' syndrome crept in on the final climb up to New Inn. From here home was reached via the old abandoned road....38 miles.

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