THE BEAUTY OF OLD GWENT

13/10/01

The weather was almost Summer like, when we met at 4.00 pm at the usual place, near Newbridge-on-Usk. Nick was wearing his new length leggings, after a bit of a chuckle from myself, we carried on to Llanllowel and then on the flood route to the "Rat Trap Inn". In the warm afternoon sun we cycled merrily to Llandenny, here we took a shortcut to the Raglan road . After filling up with supplies from the shop in Raglan (which I had not been in for 23 years) we cycled to Tregare and then past the sweet smelling apple orchards to Llantilio Croesseny, where the trees were ready to drop their apples. We were in the beautiful lanes of old Gwent, which must be some of the best in the world, there is nowhere quite like Gwent, it is hard to describe to anyone who has not cycled in this cycling heaven! The Autumn evening was still warm as it turned dark, it clouded over but fortunately did not rain. We lit the lamps and had a pleasant ride through Llanarth, Croes Llanfair, Goytre, New Inn and home at 8.30pm..40 miles.

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