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Spokes Cycle Touring Club

Spokes 2014 Activity Summary

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Sunday 30th March: Cardiff - Rhondda Heritage Centre - Return

Start/Distance: The Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais @10am, 25miles, 3-4hrs.

Route: Tongwynlais - Taff trail to Glyntaff - Ynysangharad Park - Cycle route through Sardis Road roundabout - on to Rhondda Heritage Park (café stop) Return via same route or via Treforest University cycle route to Power Station Hill and via Treforest Industrial Estate to Taffs Well and ending at Lewis arms

Terrain: Taff Trail and Quiet roads

Ride Leader/Contact: Graham Davies, email:, tel: 07587 170819

Wednesday 2nd April: Mallorca 2014 ...

Ride Leader/Contact: Gareth Thomas



Sunday 13th April: Cardiff - TonyRefail - Return

​​Start/Distance: Cardiff Museum @ 9.30am. 55 miles

Route: Cardiff - Bridgend(lunch?) - Tonyrefail - Pontypridd - Cardiff.

Terrain: Suitable for all bikes

Ride leader/Contact: Dave Miles, email:, tel: 07977 966876



Sunday 20th April: (Bank holiday weekend) No official Spokes ride, but keep an eye on the noticeboard as some members may venture out on a ride.



Sunday 27th April: Cardiff - Evenny - Return

Start/Distance: Cardiff National Museum @ 9.30m, corner by St Fagans cricket ground @ 10am. Distance 50/60 miles

Route: Welsh St Donats and Cowbridge to cafe in Ewenny. Returning by similar route or possibly Llantwit Major

Terrain/Difficulty: Suitable for all bikes/Easy - Moderate.

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody, email:, tel:0786 4984385



Sunday 4th May: (Bank holiday weekend) Cardiff - Risca - Return
"Ridgeway weekender warm up"

Start/Distance: The Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais @ 9.30am, 40-45 miles.

Route: Tongwynlais - Caerphilly - Sengenhydd - Nelson - Maesycwmmer - Abercarn - Risca(lunch?) - Bassaleg - Rudry - Tongwynlais

Terrain/Difficulty: Suitable for all bikes/Moderate.

Ride Leader/Contact: Dave Miles, email:, tel: 07977 966876



Saturday and Sunday 10-11th May: Ridgeway Weekend ride...

Ride Leader/Contact: Ray Robins


Dave Griffiths, Dave Miles and I are organising this cycling event in May. Originally the ride was going to run from Cardiff to Llandeilo and back the next day. Because of difficulties arranging digs in Llandeilo we have changed the route as follows:

Saturday 10 May: Cardiff to Llandovery-72 miles. OS map link Day1

Route will run through St Fagans – Cowbridge – Ewenny - Port Talbot – Cwmafan – Neath – Crynant –Cwmtwrch – Brynaman - Pont Newydd - Myrtle Hill – Llandovery.

Sunday 11 May: Llandovery to Cardiff-55 miles. OS map link Day2

Route will run through Trecastle – Sennybridge -  Ystradfelte –Pontneddfechan – Hirwaun – Aberdare-Mountain Ash – Pontypridd- Taffswell -  Whitchurch ( Cardiff).


We will be reccying the whole route over the next few months. Any changes to the route will be put on note accompanying Getamap exhibits on the website.


Additional information:

Most of the ride will be on tarmacked lanes and cycle paths. The terrain will be similar to that encountered on the 5-day cycling event run through Mid and West Wales in April last year. A reminder to you that there will be hills, all manageable, and members need to ensure that they are cycling fit before they take on this trip.

Costs-digs for one night only, £35 per head. Possibility of driver and car to carry luggage. I will know for sure by the end of January. If no support cyclists to carry luggage in panniers.


Will anyone interested in going on this event please Email by Friday 31. January. In the Email please let me know :

(1)You are coming

(2)If you require digs 

If you require more information before you committing yourself to this ride please come direct to me at, tel: 07917844791  Alternatively , you can contact Dave Griffiths  or Dave Miles



Sunday 11th May: Local Cardiff ride for those not going on the above weekender - Start/Distance: Llanishen railway station (free parking available) on Station Road @ 9.30am, 25miles.
Route: LLanishen - Whitchurch - Taff Trail - Caerphilly - Machen - Draethen - Lisvane - Llanishen.
Terrain/Difficulty: Easy. a few moderate hills, some poor road surfaces, road bikes with robust tyres recommended. Bring sufficient food & water for ride, as cafe stop uncertain, but possible pub stop near finish (Black Griffin, Lisvane). If adverse weather looks likely, phone Tony on Cardiff 2074 7743 beforehand to check if ride still on.
 Ride Leader/Contact: Tony Ritson, email:, tel: 07813 874 976



Sunday 18th May: Cardiff - Sirhowy Valley - Return

Start/Distance: Taffs Well Train Station @ 9.30am. 35miles, 6hrs approx.

Route: Taff's Well station, Taff trail, old Taff trail, Travellers Rest, Graig Lisvane, Maenllwyd, Machen, Ridgeway, Graic Coch, Sirhowey Valley, Machen common, lower Machen, Draethen, Cardiff.

Terrain/Difficulty: Strenuous. though can be adjusted en route if we are struggling. Off-road tracks and cycle paths, mixed surface, undulating, some challenging climbing. Mountain or hybrid bikes. Bring packed lunch.

Ride Leader/Contact: Mike Cranwell, email:, tel: 07806751163



Sunday 25th May: (Bank holiday weekend) Joint Spokes/Cardiff CTC ride

Full details on Cardiff CTC websiteAlso keep an eye on the Spokes Noticeboard as some members may venture out on a ride.



Saturday 31st May - 1st June: Hereford Weekend ride...

Accommodation is available at the Bateman Arms pub in the village or there is The Beeches campsite about half a mile outside the village. The Bateman Arms has now changed hands and the new people are very good. The beer is kept well and the food is excellent. They have also refurbished the accommodation and if you mention Mike’s name you should get a discount. Some members have suggested that they may well travel up and back on the Saturday for the ride. If you are considering attending this event can you please contact me at or on 0786 4984385, so that we have some idea of numbers.

Ride Leader/Contact: Mike Hutchinson/Glen Dermody



Saturday 31st May: Joint Spokes/Cardiff CTC ride - for those going going on the above weekender. Full details on Cardiff CTC website.



Saturday 7th June: Spokes Social Gathering at The Halfway hotel on Cathedral Rd. for another Skittles match and buffet. 7pm Start. 

Cost: £5 per person which includes buffet. For simplicity, there's no need on this occasion to pay in advance, but please register your interest by sending an email to Grae to by 23rd May.


Sunday 8th June: Cilfynydd - Wentlooge - Return

Start/Distance: Albion Cafe at the back end of Cilfynydd(Cilfynydd road) 10.30am, 50miles, 5-6hrs.

Route: Cilfynydd - Risca - Newport - Wentlooge - Cardiff bay - Taff trail to Cilfynydd

Terrain/Difficulty: one hill towards Nelson and some gravel paths on the canal.

Ride Leader/Contact: Dave Jenkins, email:, tel. 07927496278



Saturday 14th June: Spokes Easy Ride - Part of "Cardiff Cycle Week 2014"

Start/Distance: Pedalpower Cardiff, 9.30am, 25 miles

Route: heading up the Taff Trail, through Caerphilly and on to the cafe at Bedwas before returning by the same route. 

Terrain/Difficulty: Flat/Easy

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody, email:, tel:0786 4984385

Sunday 15th June: Gower Tour

Start/Distance: Swansea train station @ 10am, 45miles, 6hrs approx.

Route: Swansea Bay - Mumbles - Bishopstone - Southgate (coffee) - Parc Le Breos - Oldwalls - Llangennith (lunch) Rhosilli - Cheriton - Llanrhidian - Crofty - Penclawdd - Gowerton - Black Pill - Swansea Station car park.

Terrain/Difficulty: Moderate. Short section of track but generally suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Graham Davies, email:, tel: 07587 170819



Wednesday 18th-25th June: Bulgaria...

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody

Movie link click here



Sunday 22nd June: Local Cardiff ride for those not going on the above Trip.

Full details on Cardiff CTC Website.



Sunday 29th June: Round trip...Merthyr Tydfil - Brecon - Return

Start/Distance: Lidl's car park, Merthyr Tydfil (by Asda, Dowlais Top) @ 10am. 50miles, 6hrs approx.

Option to take the train from Taffs Well, departing 08.44am arriving at Merthyr train station at 9.28am and then a nice warm up to Dowlais top for 10am start.

Route: Merthyr Tydfil - Llangynidr - Llangorse - Brecon(lunch) - Talybont on Usk - Pontsticill - Merthyr Tydfil

Terrain/Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Mostly country lanes, but with climbs at Llangynidr/bwlch and Abercynafon - countered by beautiful countryside. Suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Claus Sogaard, email:, tel: 07510896827



Sunday 6th July: Chepstow - Slimbridge - Thornbury - Return

Start/Distance: Cycle route adjacent to lay-by on A466, 200 yards from M48 Junction 2(Chepstow turnoff) @ 10am, 55miles, 6-7hrs approx. including stops

Route: Chepstow - Slimbridge - Thornbury - return

Terrain/Difficulty: flat & undulating Moderate

Ride Leader/Contact: Graham Davies, email:, tel: 07587 170819



Friday - Sunday 11-13th July: Porlock Weekend Ride...

A social weekend on the lines of the event held in Porlock last year. The main activity being the BBQ at Roger Hall’s place . The itinerary for the weekend includes a 20 mile cycle ride on the Saturday, followed by a BBQ at Roger and Di’s in the evening. Next morning, Sunday, there will be a six mile walk-led by Roger.


Some key points


Accommodation: please refer to Roger’s note below and organise your own digs. As the cycle ride will start at 10.00hrs on the Saturday I suggest you book accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights


Ride-after last year’s main ride Nigel Williams has kindly come up with a route that is likely to be a fair bit easier than last year’s adventure! It will be twenty miles long and should be a comfortable ride for all.


For those who want something a little more challenging they can take on or adapt last year’s main route.


Both rides will be put on the Spokes website via Getamap when I know details of those going on the weekend.


If anyone fancies a walk on Saturday please contact Roger who holds copies of local routes




BBQ-please again refer to Roger’s note. The BBQ will start, at Roger’s home at 18.00 hrs.


If you intend going to the Porlock weekend please Email me direct and let me know if you intend:-


1. riding on the Saturday OS map link


2. coming to the BBQ at Roger’s on Saturday night-please let me know if you are bringing guests


3. going on Rogers walk


Once I know the names of those committed to this weekend I will expand on this note and provide further information in the lead-up to the event. Will you please aim to get this information to me by Friday 6 June...


If you have any queries on this note or anything else relating to the weekend, please write direct to me.

Ray Robins, Ride co-ordinator email: Tel: 07917844791


Roger’s note



We have a sumptuous BBQ planned for the Saturday late afternoon / evening.

Loads of accommodation is available in Porlock from campsites to a hotel. ( Last year many of you stayed in your camper vans and tents at the Porlock caravan park )


Please do contact the Porlock Visitors Centre – they have a brilliant accommodation booking service and know all the local people. Say it is for Roger’s cycling weekend and that you want to be within easy walking distance to the High Street. Best to come on Friday and stay 2 or 3 nights. There will be cycling and eating and drinking events arranged.

Porlock Visitor Centre 01643 863150


Usual £5 per head for all food and drink. Email me with any dietary requirements.

Email: Tel: 01643 862462 Ridgethorp, The Ridge



Sunday 13th July: Local Cardiff ride for those not going on the above weekender

Start/Distance: 9.30 at Museum of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cardiff City Centre - 25 miles.

Route: Cardiff to Carleon Return

Terrain/Difficulty: Easy ride, suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody: 07864 984 385



Sunday 20th July: Monmouth - Wye Valley ride

Start/Distance: Monmouth Riverside car park @ 9.30am.(1 hour from Cardiff, turn left after tunnel ,right over bridge and right) , 55 miles, 6 hours.

Route: Monmouth, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, How Capel, Fawley, Fownhope (Green man first stop) , Hoarwithey, Llangarron, Goodrich Castle (2nd stop), Monmouth. New return route!.

Terrain/Difficulty: Flat sections with occasional short hills, none big. Suitable for all bikes, Moderate

Ride Leader/Contact: Chris Metcalfe, email:, tel: 07917067187



Sunday 27th July: Caerleon - Usk - Return

Start/Distance: Caerleon Ampitheatre car park.(free parking) 10am, 50miles/6hrs

Route: Caerleon - Usk(White Castle optional) return

Terrain: Suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Gareth O Thomas, email:, tel: 0771 266 5804



Sunday 3rd August: Vale Tour..."Roger's Tea Party"

Start/Distance: Cardiff Museum, 09.30am, Approx 60 miles

Route: Cardiff – Welsh St Donats – Cowbridge – Tonyrefail – Blackmill – Cowbridge (Tea at Rogers - BYO cake and/or Sandwiches) – Return.

Terrain/Difficulty: Flat sections with occasional hills. Suitable for all bike types. Moderate  

Ride Leader: Roger Bradshaw, tel: 07773041756, email: 



Sunday 17th August: Usk - Symonds Yat - Return

Start/Distance: Maryport Car park, Usk @ 9.30am. 54miles, 6hrs approx.

Route: Usk - Maryport - Usk. Coffee/lunch stop at either PedalAway in the Forest of Dean or at Symonds Yat Rock.

Terrain/Difficulty: 3500ft ascent, Strenuous

Ride Leader/Contact: Adrian Orringe, email:, tel: 07429625046



Sunday 17th August: Brecon to Cardiff RIDE CANCELLED - SEE ABOVE

Start/Distance: The terrain is the Taff Trail. If the weather is not looking good then a cancellation message will be posted on the website noticeboard by Saturday afternoon.

Terrain/Difficulty: Moderate Some sections may not be suitable for road bikes with skinny tyres. 

Ride Leader: Glen Dermody, tel: 07864 984 385, email:



Sunday 24th August: Bishops Castle Weekend ride...(Bank holiday weekend)

Ride Leader/Contact: Juls Sims, tel: Land: 01982 552185, Moby: 07907 591859


Hi lovely Spokes people,


Hope you have been enjoying the super sunshine summer so far and have managed to put your trusty steeds through their paces. The Bishops castle weekender over August bank holiday is getting near so thought I would jog your memories.


It would be just lovely to have you come along and cycle through one of the best hidden cycling places in Wales with us. I did think  too it would be just perfect for those preparing for the Alsace tour as it includes distance and some hills. The two routes I am planning to take you around are just super dooper stunning, I did them last year at the same time. Small lanes, hardly any cars, bit of a pull in places but really lovely flowing rides, road bikes would be best but any bike will do. There are some great stops for lunch and tea/buns.


It is getting pretty busy for booking accommodation around there so if you want to come I suggest you get active right now. There are suggested B&Bs, hotels and campsites here I ideally need to know how many people are coming as I need to book us in for somewhere to eat on the Saturday night so if you could let me know that would be fab!


The basic itinerary is as follows:


- Arrive Friday 22nd August, meet in a pub in central Bishops castle eat (maybe?), drink and be merry, doing bank holiday sun dance, grass skirt optional

- Cycle Saturday 23rd August, meet 9:30am - 60 mile ride

Eat together Saturday evening 23rd August - venue TBA

- Cycle Sunday 24th August, meet 9:30am - 60 mile ride


I am not planning anything for bank holiday Monday and will be going back home to Builth with John on Sunday evening.


I will be doing the rides the weekend before again to make sure all is well and finding somewhere for us for Saturday evening. Any queries don't hesitate to get in touch.




"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"



Sunday 24th August: Local Cardiff ride for those not going on the above weekender.

Start/Distance: 10.00 at Museum of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cardiff City Centre, 25 miles maximum

Route: Cardiff to Porth Kerry Park, Vale of Glamorgan, return

Terrain/Difficulty: Easy ride of 25 miles, suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Ivor Rodway, tel 07550 002923



Saturday 30st August - 13 September: "Wine. Rhine, Coffee & Cakes"...

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody

Those of you who have indicated the intention to participate in the event are now being asked to pay a deposit in order to firm up initial commitment.

Can you please therefore send a cheque for £100, payable to Spokes CTC, to: Gareth Thomas at 85 Parc Nant Celyn, Efail Isaf, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF38 1AJ, to arrive by Saturday 15 February.

Please can interested parties email me confirming your precise intentions, and letting me know whether:

- You will be taking up the full 2 week event transport & accommodation package, ie return train travel via Eurostar & TGV from London St Pancras to Alsace via Paris, and hotel in Obernai (3 nights, Sat 30 Aug to Mon 1 Sept), hostel in Freiburg (5 nights, Tues 2 to Sat 6 Sept), hotels in Kaysersberg (5 nights, Sun 7 Sept to Thur 11 Sept) and Strasbourg (1 night, Fri 12 Sept), plus transport of bike in van.

-You will be making any other arrangements for personal and/or bike transport and accommodation, eg camping.

-You will be undertaking only a part of the event, and if so, the specific dates.

Can you please be clear on your intentions, as bookings will have to be made very soon.

The projected cost is currently within the previously advised estimate.



Sunday 31st August: Local Cardiff Easy ride for those not going on the Rhine trip

Start/Distance: 9.30am at Llandaff Cross, 30 miles.

Route: "Cardiff – Cowbridge – Return" Fairwater - Peterston - Pendoylan - Welsh St Donats - Cowbridge (coffee stop) - St Mary Church - Peterston - Fairwater - Llandaff

Terrain/Difficulty: Easy ride, suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Clare Johnson, tel 07952 731 105



Sunday 7th September: Local Cardiff Easy ride for those not going on the Rhine trip

Start/Distance: 9.30 a.m. at Museum of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cardiff City Centre. 27 miles

Route: Cardiff rv. to Old St.Mellons,lanes and cycleways to Draethen,Machen,(possibly also Bedwas),Caerphilly and back down the Taff Trail.

Terrain/Difficulty: Easy ride and suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Graham Wright – Tel: 07946 549 152


Sunday 14th September: Cardiff - Rhigos - Return

Start/Distance: the Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais @ 10am. 50miles approx.

Route: Tongwynlais - Porth - Tonypandy - Treherbert - Aberdare - Cardiff

Terrain: Suitable for road and hybrid bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Rosemary Williams, email:, tel: 07921151242



Sunday 21st September: Round trip Cardiff - Sirhowy Valley - return

Start/Distance: Pontprennau Community Centre, Heol Pontprennau at 10:00am, 40 miles/4.5 hours

Route: Pontprennau - St Michealston-y-Fedw - Draethen - Machen - Bedwas - Maesycymmer - Hengoed - Sirhowy Valley - Cross Keys - café stop - Rogerstone - Bassaleg - St Michealston-y-Fedw - Pontprennau.

Terrain/difficulty: Suitable for all bike types, Moderate

Ride Leader/Contact: Phil Jones, tel: 07818 470 440



Sunday 28th September: Black Mountains Ride

Start/Distance: Castell Dinas, Pengenffordd, Talgarth, LD3 0EN @ 9.30am 50 miles New starting point

Route: Talgarth, Hay-on-Wye, Painscastle, Gladestry. Hilly route on the eastern edge of the Brecon national Park.  Quiet lanes and B roads with some beautiful views. Lunch stop at pub in Gladestry and cafe stops in hay or Talgarth Mill on our return.   

Terrain/Difficulty: Hilly, Suitable for all bikes, no off road sections, Strenuous

Ride LeaderContact: Jenny Powell, tel: 07970766447



Sunday 5th October: Caerleon - Abergavenny round trip New Ride details!!!

Start/Distance: Caerleon Amphitheatre Car Park.(free parking) 9:30am. 60 miles/7 hours.

Route: Llantarnam – cycle routes to Blaenavon – Brynmawr –Clydach Gorge - Abergavenny(\(\(\(\(\(\(lunch)  - Usk – Celtic Manor

Terrain/Difficulty: Some B roads, quiet lanes and cycle paths. Long gradual climb up to Blaenavon, several shorter steeper climbs notably out of Caerleon and Abergavenny. Although cyclable on a road bike with skinny tyres some sections of the cycle path will be better suited by more substantial tyres. Moderate

Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody, tel: 0786 4984385, email:


Tuesday 7th October: Spokes at the Newport Velodrome...

Spokes has booked the Newport velodrome for a 2hr session between 7-9pm.

Anyone wanting to participate should email Claus( with their intentions. Come along for the introduction(free) and cheer those who have the courage to try a few laps "on the boards"


The session briefly consists of:

-An introduction to track cycling - bikes/track rules/do's and dont's/questions etc.

- On-track cycling session supervised by an appointed coach.



Friday - Sunday 10-12th October: Bridport/Dorset Weekend ride...RIDE CANCELLED

Ride Leader/Contact: Martin Pingel


This weekender will be based at West Bay, Dorset  which is a couple of miles south of Bridport on the Jurassic coast.


West Bay is a drive of approximately 2½ hrs from Cardiff so is relatively easy to get to.

There will be a ride of approximately 35 miles on the Saturday and the same on the Sunday.

We will meet up at The George Hotel on Friday night for a meal which I'll book for 7.30pm so let me know if you would like a place ASAP.



Within walking distance (200m) this Parkdean Holiday Park is ideally situated

West Bay Holiday Park link below:



If 6 of you book an 8 berth static caravan (which has a double and to twin rooms) then this becomes quite a cheap option.

You can get a static caravan for around £160-£180.00  and whilst you have to book it for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night you obviously you don't have to stay the Sunday night unless you want to. Alternatively, if you've got a caravan or camper van then you can book in to the touring section.


Or if you want B&B, hotel accommodation then check out these site but make sure you get somewhere in West Bay and not Bridport.  Also make sure your accommodation has parking otherwise you'll have to pay to leave you car in West Bay.



Sunday 12 October: Local Cardiff Easy ride for those not going on the above weekender

Start/Distance: 9.30 a.m. at Museum of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cardiff City Centre. 27 miles

Route: Taff Trail to Upper boat, cycle path to Llantrisant, Pontyclun. Return via Hensol, St. Bride's SE and Llandaff.

Terrain/Difficulty: Easy ride suitable for all bikes

Ride Leader/Contact: Claus Sogaard, tel: 07510896827



Wednesday 15th October: Spokes Annual AGM at O'Neills in Cardiff
Social evening at O'Neills, Trinity Street, Cardiff. 7pm Start.



Sunday 19th October: Cardiff - Magor - Return

Start/Distance: Museum of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cardiff City Centre, 45 miles, at 10am. 



Ride Leader/Contact: Glen Dermody, tel: 0786 4984385, email: 


From Sunday the 26th October we start the winter activities, where we meet up at the Lewis Arms in Tongwynlais at 10am every Sunday, for a ride to be determind by the participants




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