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Jul-Aug 2020 Rides

Coronavirus Update!

Club activities resumed on Sunday 19th July. 

Question marks remain over Cafe stop opening times atm. So bring sandwiches and prepare for a possible roadside picnic.

Sunday 5th July: Chepstow to Slimbridge 

Start/Distance: Start: Cycle route starts adjacent to south bound layby on A466, 200 yards from M48 junction 2 ( Chepstow turn off) at 9.30am. Distance 55 miles (approx 6 to 7 hours)

Route/GPX download: GPX Download HERE Chepstow to Slimbridge via Sharpness across Severn Bridge. Return via Thornbury.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Generally gentle undulations with three significant climbs.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Chris Metcalfe, tel: 07568490547

Ride Leader:

Sunday 12th July


Route/GPX download: 

Terrain/Ride Category:

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Claus Sogaard

Ride Leader:

July 17th/19th Porlock Cycling - BBQ - Walking


This is very much a social weekend so it's also open to non cycling partners. 

Roger and Di have been hosting our almost annual BBQ's for what must have been at least 20 years. (I'm sure I'll be corrected by someone). An I do hope I'm not tempting fate when I mention that in all this time, we have never failed to eat outdoors.

This is the weekend itinerary:

Fri 17th: Arrive anytime to explore the lovely village of Porlock, or join us for a small ride in the afternoon. Evening: Meet up for a meal in a local hostelry. Venue and times to be confirmed

Sat 18th: Full day ride led by our local guide Alan Jones. Visit the quaint villages and tea rooms with splendid views from the top of Porlock Hill. Evening BBQ at Roger and Di's house.  Bring along a bottle with a small contribution towards the BBQ (amount to be advised) along with their address and directions.

Sun 19th: Interesting local knowledge morning walk led by our hosts Roger and Di and then all back to their house to finish off any leftovers from the night before. Depart at your leisure or meet up in the evening for any stragglers staying until Monday. I've booked the Porlock caravan park site from the Friday to Monday


There is also another campsite nearby. Plus hotels and B&B's in the centre of the village. NB this is the first weekend of the school holidays, so probably the sooner you book the better. see https://www.porlock.co.uk/  

Please let me know if you'll be joining us on this wonderful weekend. 

Contacts: Julie Williams/Roger Hall/Alan Jones, email: julieontherun@gmail.com

Sunday 19th July: Tongwynlais - Fochriw loop

Start/Distance: Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais 10am 45miles

Route/GPX download: GPX Download Here

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Mel Pruchnie tel: 07979367321

Ride Leader: Julie Williams

Sunday 26th July:  Porthkerry

Start/Distance: Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais 10am, 35 miles  around 4hrs including coffee-stop

Route/GPX download: GARMIN download Here Taff trail to Radyr pedestrian Bridge - Radyr - Peterston - Bonvilston - Porthkerry (coffee stop at Porthkerry Marios) Penmark - Llancarfan - Creigiau - Garth

(NB: Marios is take-away drinks-only during C-19 so please bring your own snacks)

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate - some rather longer hills (Radyr-Bonvilston-Pentyrch) tarmac lanes - some short graded track through Porthkerry

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Stephen Kite, email: kites@cardiff.ac.uk

Ride Leader: Roger Bradshaw

Sunday 2nd August: Llangynidr - Hay on Wye Loop

Start/Distance: 10:00 Llangynidr Village Hall, 50 miles(car park nr cycle shop on B4558, os map 161 grid ref 155196).

Route/GPX download: Talgarth, Hay on Wye, along Escley Brook, Forest Coal Pit, Crickhowell and back to Llangynidr. Cafe/shop in Hay 

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous

Route Coordinator/Contact: Martin Watson, email: mdwcycle@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Richard Cook

August 7-9th: Gloucester weekender

Weekend Cancelled

Travelling from Cardiff to Gloucester on Friday, returning Sunday. Saturday ride heading north to Upton-on-Severn and Tewksbury.

Option exists to make your own way to Gloucester, cycle Saturday and then travel with main group on Sunday returning to Gloucester after coffee stop.

Around 60 miles a day(3 days) but fairly flat. Suitable for all bikes. Mostly road but there will be some cycling on canal paths.

Accommodation: Probably in Travelodge and Premier Inn which are next door to each other near the centre of town.

Cyclists will have to carry their own luggage on Friday and Sunday. There may be an option to have luggage delivered if someone is driving up. 

Contact: Glen Dermody, email: g.dermody@ntlworld.com

Sunday 9th August:

Start/Distance: Lewis Arms at 10.00, 35 miles, 5-6 hours including cafe stop

Route/GPX download: Taff Trail north to junction with Lady Windsor trail, then cross A470 onto A4054, to Llanfabon Road, Nelson, RCN 47 to Sirhowey, Valley, Cafe Stop Risca, then Lower Ocherwyth, Rhiwderin, Draethen, Caerphilly, Tongwynlais.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Richard Cook, Tel: 07891 204 315

Ride Leader:

Sunday 16th August: 

Start/Distance: 10am, Llandaff north bridge, 50miles

Route/GPX download: Peterston, Warren Mill, Llantrithid, Llantwit Major(cafe/shop for lunch) St. Brides Major, Colwinston, City, Ystradowen, Tre Dodridge, St. Brides sup.ely, Home

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Martin Watson, email: mdwcycle@gmail.com

Ride Leader: Richard Cook


August 22nd-23rd: Redwick ‘Fest’ weekend Camping/Cycling/BBQ

Location; Redwick; NP263DY, perfect for exploring the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.

Parking is available for Motorhomes and cars in the field opposite or Camping in the garden with use of bathrooms on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. BBQ and party on Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday morning and The Rose Inn is open for very important post ride drinks … 

Participants will be requested to contribute provisionally £10.00 towards food and alcohol but this sum may be revised when we know the numbers. Members are welcome to stay overnight or drive back and forth both days. Karl will be the resident DJ....


There will be 2 rides both days, one more moderate than the other, or people can explore their own rides if they are planning a longer distance.Possible rides are: 


Redwick via lanes to A48, to Mounton near Chepstow, over Severn Bridge to Thornbury and back .45 miles and moderate. A longer route to Slimbridge is possible, bearing in mind that it takes 16 mile through quiet lanes to get to Severn Bridge


Redwick to Raglan, over Wentwood and back via Bettws Newydd and Cats Ash – a café stop in Raglan Castle – 45 miles. A longer route would be to continue to Llantillo Crossenny and possibly white castle before heading back or even Abergavenny


Redwick to Chepstow  (via Mounton) and then to St Arvans (steep climb) and into Tintern and back up the long lane by Redbrook and back to Shirenewton, Llanvair Discoed crossing A48 back to Redwick through lanes. approx 50 miles


Redwick to Chepstow, St Arvans, Devauden  and star lane to Usk (long descent) and back to Redwick via Cats Ash or Caerleon approximately 50 miles


Redwick, Chepstow Deavuden, Kilgwrrwg(stunning views)but a load of climbing & back to Redwick 30 miles or onto Usk with a long descent & back via Catsash/Caerleon 50 miles.


Redwick –Shirenewton-Deavauden –Trellech Monmouth. Back via Dingestow Raglan Usk 50-60 miles.


Redwick –Tredagar House –Bassaleg –Caerleon –Cats Ash Redwick easy 30 miles.

Ride Outline from proposed ride leader Martin Watson:

Redwick to Raglan, over Wentwood and back via Bettws Newydd and Cats Ash – a café stop in Raglan Castle

continue to Llantillo Crossenny and white castle before heading north to Campston hill, returning via Bettws Newydd Usk, Catsash and Magor. 67 miles, 1400m climbing. GPX Link Here

Alternative ride from Martin M.

Redwick –Shirenewton-Deavauden –Trellech Monmouth. Back via Dingestow Raglan Usk 54 miles, 1000m climbing. GPX link Here


If members can express which rides interest them, or if they prefer to organise their own or a variant of any of these? We will need a route coordinator and at least one ride leader for each ride please 

Rachel has promised cake for dessert, but more donations will be extremely welcome please.

 It is advised to arrive early to begin Saturday rides by 9.30 am and Sunday rides similarly or at latest 10.00

Contact: Jackie Thomas/Karl Harding, email: jackiethomas18@icloud.com


Sunday 30th August: 

Start/Distance: Start 10.00h Cycle route start adjacent to southbound layby onA466, 200 yards north from M48 junction 2 (Chepstow turn off) before old serven bridge.30 miles, 900 metres of ascent

Route/GPX download: GPX download HERE Route is north to St Arvans, Tintern, Trelleck, Devauden, Earlswood, Shirenewton. Route from Lost Lanes of Wales by Jack Thurston,

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Strenuous 900 metres of ascent, Suitable for all bikes.

Route Co-ordinator/Contact: Richard Cook, Tel: 07891 204 315

Ride Leader: Martin Watson

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