Cycling the Via de la Plata in Spain
Two local men will cycle over 1000km from Seville to Santiago de
Compostela in aid of charity.
In April, Peter Munt-Davies from St Ishmaels and Mike Phillips from Newport will check
their bikes onto a Ryanair flight to Seville and pedal their way northwards along the
Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a
pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela,
Galicia, in northwest Spain. It was one of the most important pilgrimages during
medieval times. The Way can take one of dozens of routes from all over Europe to
Peter and Mike will ride the Via de la Plata which is the longest route in Spain. It runs
from Seville in Andalucia, crosses the central plain passing through the provinces
of Extremadura and Castilla y Leon and finally heads west to Santiago de Compostela in
Galicia. Large sections of this route have remained unchanged for over 2000 years when
it began as a Roman trade route. The terrain is hilly and much of the way is off road so
they will ride mountain bikes and aim to complete the whole trip in three weeks.
Why are we doing it?
Because it is as rewarding as it is challenging. To take part in an activity that has
continued unbroken for well over a thousand years appeals to us as does meeting and
overcoming the many challenges that long distance cycling can present.
Peter says, “Ever since my first visit to Santiago I have wanted to do the Camino. Now
that I have the time and opportunity to do so I would like to use the experience to raise
money for the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund. I was a teacher for
some years in Jamaica and fully appreciate the vital importance and value of education,
especially for women and girls. Last year in Sri Lanka we met two of the girls receiving
financial support from the fund and saw first-hand the tangible benefits of the work the
fund strives to achieve. If, by doing this bike ride, I can raise awareness of the vital work
carried out by CCLEF as well as raising some money, then it will have been worth it.”
Mike is riding in aid of two charities.
Mike says, “I decided to do this trip early in 2014 as I fancied a little adventure.
Subsequently, in 2014, I lost two good friends, Kathleen and Stephen, so I have decided to
raise some funds for two charities that they would have supported in life, Macmillan
Cancer Care (Kathleen) and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (Stephen).
The benefit for me so far is that my overall fitness has improved no end due to the
training, a combination of spinning and cycling, that I have been doing in order to get fit
for the trip. Stephen did this trip himself some years ago and gave me invaluable advice –‘Wear earplugs in the Hostels at night in order to shut out the snoring.’ I think I’ll do
If you would like to support Peter and Mike in their fund raising efforts then please visit
their Just Giving pages –
Peter’s Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/Peter-Munt-Davies
Mike’s Just /Giving pages – https://www.justgiving.com/Mike-Phillips10/
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Peter Munt-Davies – Tel 01646636468, Mob 07817879655, Pmuntdavies@gmail.com
Mike Philips – Tel 01238820228, Mob 07974096123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a bicycle, you will not regret it. If you live.
Graham and Ian (former Newport Bike Hire) invite you to join a regular Thursday social ride.
- low to medium intensity
- Around 15 – 30 miles on quiet roads
- Newport start (mostly)
- No-one gets left behind
- Cafe option on some routes
- All welcome
As they say in Country & Western songs, we’re just gonna “Ride, ride, ride!”
Graham Coles, 01239 820724 (day time) 01239 820091 (evenings/messages) or Ian Hipkins 01239 820330/07837 101136 or email email@example.com
or come to the shop – Carningli Centre, East St, NEWPORT,SA42 0SY by 10 am, Thursday.
There’s been some beautiful weather in Pembrokeshire over the Easter holidays.
Hirers have arrived back in Newport with the great post-cycling grins that make it all worthwhile for us.
As expected, the route over to the Gwaun Valley and back via ‘Bessie’s’ pub has proved the most popular. We also had good reports of a trip to Moylegrove with stop for lunch at Penrallt Ceibwr garden centre and superb view of sea and Preselis on the way back.
One of this season’s new 29er mountain bikes was put through its paces off-road with encouraging results – the comment:”It was so easy going uphill it felt like cheating!”
Thanks everyone – hope to see you again soon.
Experienced local archaeologist, Helen Manley Jones starts her Prehistory Car Tours on Thursday 17th April.
She will be meeting groups at Newport Tourist Information Centre at 9.30 a.m. for a drive around the area, stopping at a number of sites such as Pentre Ifan burial chamber, Preseli bluestone sites, stone circles etc.
Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chamber, Newport
Routes may be tailored to suit each group but will always reach Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort at 12.30. A visit to the fort, guided by Helen is included in the car tour price of £15 per person.
Carningli Bike Hire, with Helen’s help has devised self-guided Prehistory Cycle Tours for those who prefer to explore on two wheels.
There are several options, from a short but beautiful ride to Nevern to a full length tour of the Preselis.
Our favourite takes 2 – 3 hours, depending on how long you wish to spend at each prehistoric site. It can be ridden any time but is designed so that you can arrive at Castell Henllys at 12.30 on a car tour Thursday. Basic refreshments (tea/coffee, crisps etc) will be available in the shop and you can join Helen’s guided tour. (Entry to the site will be payable – Helen’s tour included).
For more detail on the cycle routes, please contact Carningli Bike Hire, Carningli Centre, East St, Newport, Pembs, SA42 0SY. Phone: 01239 820724/820091, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For car tours: Castell Henllys: 01239 891319 or Helen: 07967 019028
Two road cycling events are coming up in Pembrokeshire later in the Spring.
First is the Tour of Pembrokeshire on 26th April. The main tour, with options of 50 or 75 mile routes is fully booked, with spaces still available for the Sunday family ride.
We hear they are looking for a couple of volunteer marshals in Newport. We will be unable to help due to another commitment – sorry to miss it.
The following weekend, on Sunday 4th May, Velo Teifi’s Preseli Angel starts on the Parrog in Newport, with facilities provided at the Boat Club.
This will be the seventh ‘Angel,’ offering well chosen routes of 40 and 78 miles. The views, especially across the Preselis are magnificent enough to compensate for the sharpness of some of the climbs.
Graham rolls into Kenmare after crossing the Healy Pass from Cork to Kerry
Back in Newport after a break in the Beara, in the far South West of Ireland.
The area is full of excellent routes along quiet back lanes with fabulous views. Graham enjoyed a few excursions made even better by superb early spring weather.
On a ride, Beara Bike Route, West Cork