SUNDAY MORNING RIDE TO CLEDDON BOG

25.4.10

The Bike Brothers left Croesyceiliog before the streets were properly aired. A quick ride to Usk was had to stock up with provisions, then out toward the Trellech Plateau and the Wye Valley. There were quite a lot of cyclists out which is always pleasing to see, including a time trial near Usk. The ride on the quiet Gwent lanes was stunning, it was warm and the threatened rain held off. Before long we were in the beautiful Wye Valley. Tintern Abbey is always an attraction for sightseers and this day was no exception. After stopping at Browns Stores in Llandogo, we took the steep track up the valley towards Trellech. Our route took us off the main road and up a mossy stone-walled lane and an overgrown path to arrive at Cleddon Shoots which is a very small waterfall near the top of the valley. The ride from here was the best part of the day, we rode past the remote Cleddon Hall, the birthplace of the Nobel prize winning Bertrand Russell then along the quiet road to the isolated Cleddon Bog, now a nature reserve. The leafy lanes took us to Trellech, past the site of the medieval city, and then to Llanishen where we had to shelter from a heavy rain downpour. The rain stopped and the Brothers made a break for it, descending the plateau to Llansoy, back to Usk and home via Monkswood, Glascoed and the old abandoned road from New Inn to Croesyceiliog....48 miles.

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