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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,
Sunday 11th September: Magor loop
Start/Distance: Magor free car park at 10am. (NP26 3EP)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
September 24-25th: West Wales
We will be based in Carmarthen for the weekend
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
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
Falcon Hotel – 3 star, B&B
Lammas Street Carmarthen, SA31 3AP
Quarry Lodge Campsite
Boars Head Hotel
120 Lammas Street Carmarthen SA31 3AE
Ivy Bush Royal
New Park Hotel
100 Lammas Street, Carmarthen SA31 3AP
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
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: email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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.