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.

Bike & Hike

Sometimes ya just need to get off the bike and walk. And with some careful planning beforehand, leaving the bike behind can be a great way to see even more by cycle!

So it came to pass that I made four unique trips this past year whereby I (or rather we) cycled to a particular spot, got off the bike(s), and then hiked to reach the final destination. It feels great to stretch your legs and slow the day down even further, plus you can get to some really interesting places. It adds a whole new dynamic to the adventure. What else can ya say? It's awesome!

Pontypool Folly & Roman Road
It is said that Pontypool Folly is visible in seven counties for it sits atop a high clear ridge above Pontypool Park. And as with many destinations in Wales, getting there is quite a little climb. The real hike however, came from our climb down the mountain, through the woods, and along the Roman Road! Read about our adventure in; "Pontypool Folly & Roman Road".

The Punchbowl
The climb up from Blaenavon to the top of the Blorenge is brutal. It's steep. It's long. It goes on forever. However, it is well worth the effort for the views are stunning. Our trip took us further east and down the opposite side to a small lay-by where we climbed off the bikes as our adventure really began along a narrow foot-path. Read more about "The Punchbowl".

The Lonely Shepherd
We were told afterwards that we didn't take the easier route to the top, but scooting up on all fours was certainly fun! Sure there is a convenient car park along with a gentle path, but honestly, exploring isn't about taking known routes... we found our own way and had a blast. Check out all the fun we had leaving our bikes behind and climbing to "The Lonely Shepherd".

To the Top of Manmoel
This amazing place is a mere six miles above our home. It is quiet and desolate and windswept and lonely. It is a jewel. I cherish climbing up here. It is my "go to" cycle route when I just want a short warm-up on a day before a longer ride. It is my place to get away. It will be my first ride for 2018. Read about when I got off my bike and climbed "To the Top of Manmoel".

And that, dear reader, is my set of four "Bike & Hike" adventures from 2017. I hope you've enjoyed reading about them and if you've not heard of them, perhaps my little diatribes might inspire you to go see them for yourself. They are all well worth the effort.

Cheers! ~ cm

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