AUTUMN IN THE WYE VALLEY

07.11.10

A 9 o'clock start saw us cycling out toward Glascoed on a chilly Sunday morning. The Autumn colours were still out as we cycled the ever tranquil lane towards Monkswood. The usual fast sprint to Usk  was enjoyed. Here there was a stock up of supplies before venturing out on the old Chepstow road to Llangwm.  The lanes invited us towards Cobbler's Plain, the mud strewn leafy road has all its charms in Autumn as in the Summer. I had fitted a new FSA chainset and its 42-27 combination coupled with a 11-25 10 speed cassette gave me a useful range of gears without having to resort to a triple. Nick was riding a rather heavy Weste Ross which he was in the middle of restoring. Our route took us over to Trellech Grange and down through the forested Tintern Cross to Tintern itself alongside the meandering river Wye. There were many cyclists here, also enjoying the Autumn treasures. A brief ride along the main road and then a climb out of the valley to stop at the Whitestones Picnic area which nestles itself above the valley hidden by massive tall sweet selling pine trees. After eating lunch the Cleddon Bog had to be seen in all its gold and crimson splendour. The wind had ceased, the sun shone, and all was peaceful here. Trellech was the next stop and then it was a fast descent to Llansoy and back to Usk. We then retraced our steps back to Monkswood and Glascoed. It was starting to get dark along the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog as we finished off our 43 miles of cycling

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