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Sept-Oct 2022 Rides

 
Sunday 4th September: Millenium Coastal Path

Start/Distance: 1030am Car Park adjacent to Blackpill Lido, Mumbles Rd, Swansea, approx 75km. 5 hours including stops

Route/GPX download: Cycle Path though Clyne Valley to Gorseinon and Loughor. Millennium Coast Path to Llanelli, Burry Port and Pembrey.  Return same. Cafes - close to start at Blackpill, Llanelli, Burry Port and Pembrey.

Terrain/Ride Category: Easy  Almost all good tarmac path. Suitable for all bikes.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Gareth,

email: geeden19@btinternet.com

Ride Leader:

Sunday 11th September: Magor loop 
NEW DETAILS

Start/Distance: Magor free car park at 10am. (NP26 3EP)

40 miles.

Route/GPX download: Ride to Chepstow via lanes and tracks, past Chepstow race course, St Arvans Hill, Tintern for lunch break. Catbrook, Trellech Grange, Devauden, Shirenewton then Magor.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate 

Route Coordinator/Contact: Jane, email: jane.karrie3@gmail.com, tel: 07931 517814

Ride Leader: Karl, tel: 07497 348296

Sunday 18th September: Loops and Dead Ends

Start/Distance: Official start/end: Tonyrefail outside Red Bull pub at 10 am (OS 019881) 52 kms. People wanting a longer ride (~85k) can join me at Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais at 8.45. We will leave Tongwynlais at 8.50!

Route/GPX download: A veritable mystery tour of places you’ve never seen! Mixture of roads, cycle tracks and gravel - you have to push for about 400m! Cafe stop at midday.  Can people text me nearer date so I can warn cafe of group size!

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate 700m climbing

Route Coordinator/Contact: John Griffith, tel: 07939606715

Ride Leader:

September 24-25th: West Wales

We will be based in Carmarthen for the weekend

Day 1

Carmarthen – East along Afon Tywi to Llandeilo –  Llangadog – Llandovery – returning via Brechfa Forest – Nantgaredig - Carmarthen. GPX File link Lower Tywi Valley – A stunning route following the route of the river from Carmarthen all the way to Llandovery with plenty of wildlife to spot. Cothi Valley – A more secluded valley with steeper sides and quieter roads. Brechfa climb – The longest continuous climb on the route, relatively gentle at 5% but almost 3 kilometres in distance making it a challenging climb. 

Start: Carmarthen Total Distance: 95km/59 miles Total Elevation: 1155m/3789ft Difficulty Rating: 5/10 Estimated Time: 4 to 7 hours

Day 2

 Carmarthen to Llansteffan return. Approx 20 miles, 1000ft climbing.

Here are some details of accommodation in the area. Please organise your own accommodation.  Dave, Grae and I will be staying in Carmarthen both Friday and Saturday night and meeting up in a pub for a meal on Friday night.

Places to stay in Carmarthen 

Old Priory Guest House 

Priory Street, Carmarthen SA31 1NE – http://oldprioryguesthouse.com 

 

Bryn Hebog (3 miles outside Carmarthen) – B&B – 4 star 

Lower Penddawlwyn, Capel Dewi, SA32 8AY 

http://brynhebog.co.uk 

 

Falcon Hotel – 3 star, B&B 

Lammas Street Carmarthen, SA31 3AP 

http://www.falconcarmarthen.co.uk 

 

Quarry Lodge Campsite 

https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/carmarthenshire/whitemill/quarrylodge/ 

 

Boars Head Hotel 

http://boarsheadhotel.net/ 

120 Lammas Street Carmarthen SA31 3AE 

 

Ivy Bush Royal 

https://www.ivybushroyal.co.uk/ 

 

New Park Hotel 

https://newparkhotel.co.uk/ 

100 Lammas Street, Carmarthen SA31 3AP

Please can you email the organisers, Dave: Jenkins_s5@sky.com and Rach rs29jones@gmail.com if you would like to come on the trip

Sunday 2nd October: Caerleon - Llantilio - Caerleon

Start/Distance: Caerleon Amphitheatre parking at 10.00, 50 miles, 6 hours

Route/GPX download: Caerleon - up Usk Valley, Raglan and Llantilio, Crossenny return via Bettws Newydd. Optional short extension to White Castle. Lunch at Raglan country estate.

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate Suitable for touring bikes.

Route Coordinator/Contact: Gareth Thomas

Ride Leader:

Sunday 9th October: Llanwonno Return

Start/Distance: Meet outside Lewis Arms Tongwynlais. 10.00 hrs. 34 miles 5+hrs This ride is by way of a tribute to Dave Miles who died in June. Key sections of the route will be those he discovered and explored. Although not long in distance this ride had a number of steep climbs - all cyclable. We will cycle on mainly tarmacked lanes, cycle trails, A and B roads. Suitable for all bikes.

Route/GPX download: GPX download Tongwynlais- Gwaelod - Treforest- Hopkinstown- - Porth - Ynyshir - Wattstown - Ferndale - Llanwonno(lunch) Pontypridd - Taff trail - home.

Terrain/Ride Category: Strenuous

Route Coordinator/Contact: Ivor Rodway, email: malivo@aol.com

Ride Leader: Richard Cook

Sunday 16th October: Cowbridge and the Vale

Start/Distance: 10am Cowbridge CF71 7HJ, approx 40 miles

Route/GPX download: Cowbridge, Nash, Llandow, Ewenny, Porthcawl(coffee/ice cream) Maudlam, Margam(lunch stop) Pyle, Tondu, Bridgend, Penlline, Cowbridge

Terrain/Ride Category: Easy

Route Coordinator/Contact: Roger Bradshaw, email:7millbrow@gmail.com

Ride Leader:

Sunday 23rd October: Through the Vale

Start/Distance: 10.00h at Pedal Power, Council Caravan Park, Pontcanna Fields, CF11 9XR. 40 miles, Park cars in Caravan Park car park.

Route/GPX download: Llancarfan, Llantwit Major and back through the Vale

Terrain/Ride Category: Moderate - 670 mtrs ascent

Route Coordinator/Contact: Richard Cook, email: richard.cook5@ntlworld.com]

Ride Leader: Lawrence Conway

From October 2022 until late March 2023 it's all about the Spokes autumn/winter season - there are no pre-planned rides or ride leaders. Members meet up every Sunday at 10am at the NEW starting location by Radyr Weir for a ride to be determined by the participants.

Longwood Drive in Whitchuch is just off junction 32. There's plentiful parking on Longwood Drive (What3words) ///critic.decreased.darker 

The assembly point will be adjacent to Radyr Weir(what3words) ///blog.cattle.silver.