ROUGH-STUFF OVER THE BRITISH

29.01.12

Another cold Sunday morning and the ride this week was to be up to The British mountain, near Abersychan. The route taken was along the pleasant urban cycle-track to Pontypool. In the tiny village of Plascoed the public road was taken, ascending up the mountain toward Pantygasseg. Half way up the climb there is a track that goes into Tirpentwys country park, which is the old coal mine and opencast site. The Brothers decided on a bit of rough stuff, the track was mucky up the mountain, but after a bit of drag, push and carry we arrived on a old industrial track near the top of the valley of Cwm Nant Ddu. Here on this creepy path is an isolated shack dwelling in the trees. As we stopped for coffee strange rock crashing noises could be heard in the valley below, it sounded like illegal quarry operations, but there was no further investigation sought by us! After viewing the old Blaensychan colliery below the ascent over the British mountain was taken. Before long, the cycle-track in Abersychan was reached. Retracing our steps back to Pontypool, the cycle-track had been hijacked by dog walkers, many of them having bike traps with their extending leads! The path was avoided by riding along the old abandoned road from New Inn to Croesyceiliog....20 miles.

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