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Spokes Cycle Touring Club

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

Ride Leader:

Sunday 11th September: Magor loop 

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

Ride Leader: Karl

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

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 – 


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

Please can you email the organisers, Dave and Rach  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

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

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

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.

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