THE LANES OF MONMOUTHSHIRE AND WHITECASTLE FOR LUNCH.

07.08.11

The weather forecast was not good as we left from Ashford Hall, Croesyceiliog, it was Sunday 08:00. However, the skies were clear and it was quite warm as the usual route through New Inn, Glascoed and Monkswood were taken. Stocked up with our own provisions, Rumble Street was ascended and then we cycled along the maze of lanes to Nantyderry. Nick was on his Longstaff for only the second time this year. Before long Llanarth had been reached, on the way swallows were gathering on the phone lines, Summer had not seemed to have started but the exodus to warmer climates had! The road to Onen was taken, I was determined to find the “short cut” lane to Lletrevane that we had gone wrong on a few weeks earlier. As we cycled past Llantilio Croessenny and Tal-y-Coed court, I commented to Nick what a wonderful road this was. I got carried away in the enjoyment of the road so much so that the turning in Onen was missed altogether and the Rolls golf club in Hendre was in sight! All was not lost, I looked on my Sat Map and found a lane to join up with the “short cut” route! After this 3 mile detour the rain came in, I broke out my new Altura pocket rocket jacket which did a good job of keeping my top half dry. Nick also donned waterproof ware including Altura rain shorts. The road to Cross Ash was taken and then onto Brynderi. Whitecastle was finally reached up a little known lane. Here we were sheltered and were given tea by Margaret, the friendly curator of the ancient monument. After a while the rain stopped and there was a cold descent back to Llantilio and then on to Llanarth. However, on the main road toward Chain Bridge the sun shone and the ride to the top of Rumble street was quite hot. The ride was finished off via Monkswood, Glascoed and the old abandoned road from New Inn to Croesyceiliog....50 miles.

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