I met Nick at 08.15 outside the Celtic Manor hotel on the outskirts of Newport City. It was a mild Sunday morning, the weather was dry. We decided to set off along the lane that intersects the Celtic Manor golf course. From here we dropped on to the main A 48 road toward Chepstow; we cycled along here for a while and then turned off up the lane near Parc Seymour. This lane winds its way past a housing estate before ascending up in to the Wentwood forest. This is road is narrow and steep. It makes for a great climb up into the woods. We reached the summit of the surfaced road, from here we turned off along a forest track; from here we had terrific views of the Severn estuary and the two Severn bridges. We rejoined the asphalt road and set off for the descent to Usk. Along the top of this ridge we saw the Black Mountains to the north and picked out the peaks of Pen y Cader and Waun Fach. It was a quick ride down to Usk; we then set off on our usual route home through Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Treherbert road, to arrive home at 11.00....30 miles.

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