WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Snowdrop Run...

Holy cow!... It was another day sunny day in Wales! How friggin' great is this?! We've had nothing but unending days of cold and rain and ice and snow. December and January were simply bleak. Now it's almost spring-like. So the telephone rings and I'm off to ride again with Dai Parry. 

Our first stop was at St. Aeddan's church in Bettws Newydd. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century and the yew trees in the surrounding cemetery are estimated at over 1,000 years old.

On the hills behind the church are prehistoric burial mounds and a large camp with an Iron Age hill-fort.

Read more at: Bettws Newydd 

We then rode further up the Monmouthhsire Valley toward Abergavenny to Clytha Castle. It is actually a folly built in 1790 by William Jones in memory of his late wife.

Read more at: Clytha Castle

Leaving Clytha Castle, Dai led us down this rather steep hill and across the lower pasture. Steve is just in front of me photographing Dai being chased by a cow. (Note, Dai has run behind the bush just on the lower left... the small white bovine in the center-left is the culprit.)

Chasing Steve toward Alice Springs... getting cloudy, but time for lunch and then the short hop home.

To view our route see:  Clytha Castle Tour


  1. Wonderful pictures.... makes you want to just jump into them and experience the places... hope to do that some day!

  2. Thank you so much Bijoor... you are welcome to visit any time... I like your photos as well. Your trip to Arnala Fort looks spectacular... I love the colours... let's travel!


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