BLAENAVON AND BACK.
We had heard a rumour that the cycle track to Blaenavon had been extended, so we set off at 7.00pm on that Wednesday evening to find out for ourselves. The day had been very warm and sunny, so we hoped for a pleasant evening. However rain threatened as we set off from Croesyceiliog, to join the cycle track to Pontypool and then on to Blaenavon. The track was quite busy with cyclists and walkers, after all it was a light June evening, but the weather did not look up to much. The cycle path follows an old railway, its gradient is shallow but the ascent is quite stealthy, the climbing did not let up till we arrived at the top of the valley. We had magnificent views of the Lasgarn woods on the other side of the valley, before long we were above Blaenavon, to find the track had only been surfaced for a few hundred metres to Forgeside. By now the weather was closing in, so we decided to cycle back down the valley on the main road. We had a good burn up, hitting speeds of 40mph as we carried on to Cwmafon and Abersychan. From here we cycled along the quiet Limekiln Road, that worms its way through the houses to Pontypool. We rejoined the cycle track to arrive back in Croesyceiliog at 10.00pm....22 miles.
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