Whitecastle for Lunch

2.07.17

A sunny Sunday morning arrived and the Bike Brothers were to venture out towards the golden lanes of northern Gwent. Departing from Ashford Hall in Croesyceiliog, the road to New Inn was taken and then Jerusalem Lane, which heralds the approach to Monmouthshire and the mystical paths and tracks of Gwent. The meander on the sweet smelling lanes of Glascoed and Monkswood ,took us to a fast burn up on the main road to Usk, where provisions were taken on board.After passing the dog show at the Usk show grounds, the lanes started in earnest through Llandenny and Raglan and then on to the rear view of Raglan castle. At one point on the sun soaked hedged path to Llantilio Croessenny , I remarked that I was almost enjoying it!

My carbon fibre Mekk bike made the lanes even more enjoyable as the ride continued toward Whitecastle. The castle was reached via an ascent up the rough Offas Dyke track. Here we ate some lunch in the grounds of this beautiful mediaeval fortress.The descent to Llanarth was taken quite quickly, but the hot weather had taken its toll. I had no drink left and had to stop at the Steel Horse motorbike cafe for a refreshment. The singing lanes of Gwent climbed to Croes Llanfair, Nantyderri and Goytre, here it was decided to hop on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal to Panteg and then back to the starting point, via the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog.

70 km

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