WHITECASTLE AT LAST

9.4.07

Easter was exceptionally warm and Sunny. The Monday morning was nice and warm so a trip to Whitecastle seemed favourite. I met Nick In Croesyceiliog and we cycled on the old road to New Inn and then took Jerusalem lane to Glascoed. It was quite strange to be cycling along these lanes in the warm sunshine, with the trees still bare. Rumble street was taken without effort, a quick stop for supplies in Goytre and we were out on the beautiful lanes, that would take us to the best place on earth for day out cycling, that is Northern Gwent! A different route this time though, we cycled up the myriad of lanes that would take us past golden sweet smelling fields of rape, past farmyards and eventually to the village of Llantilio Croessenny. From here we took the rough pre-mediaeval track called Offas’ Dyke to Whitecastle. It seemed that everyone in their cars had the same idea, there were a lot of people there. This took away a lot of the beauty of the place which is best visited on a tranquil summer evening. After talking to Margaret of Cadw who looks after the place we ate lunch and made our way along the maze of lanes to Raglan castle. We then had a fast ride back to Usk Through Gwernesey. Nick’s Longstaff now had FSA compact chainset, with 50 34T gearing [the same as mine] made our bikes into flying machines. After stopping for a drink in Usk, we cycle back home on the ‘traditional’ route via Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Trehebert road.

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