We plan an outing from Newport on quiet roads – exact route will depend on who comes along – the aim is for everyone enjoy themselves.
We meet at Carningli Centre at 10.00 on Thursday 2nd April.
It is free of charge if you bring your own bikes, normal hire prices for ours (if possible, please let us know in advance if you wish to hire).
Hope to see you on Thursday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Graham decided there was time for a road ride between the bands of heavy rain sweeping through Pembrokeshire lately.
Moylegrove is under 6 miles (9.5km) from Newport but feels more distant. You turn off the main road (A487) almost immediately to cross the Nevern estuary at the rebuilt iron bridge. After that the lanes are quiet and the views magnificent. The direct route takes you down a sharp slope into the pretty village centre. Nowadays the only cafe is at Penrallt Ceibwr Garden Centre. It is worth a visit if you don’t mind a steep climb to reach it. It is not far though – and think of sailing back down!
Another option, perhaps for warmer weather, is to divert down to Ceibwr Bay. The beach is a beautiful place for a picnic, a paddle or just to admire the superb rock strata on the cliffs.
A view of the cliffs at Ceibwr
It is also enjoyable to wander off on a side road – exploring tiny lanes is one of the pleasures of North Pembrokeshire. Having a good map is advisable as they don’t always end up where you might expect. On the other hand, if you are on holiday, you might enjoy getting a little lost. You can’t go too far wrong; the area is bounded on the one side by the Irish Sea and on the other by the Preselis (though you’d have to cross the A487 to get there).
We plan to prepare maps and short guides to popular routes for loan to bike hirers or to sell for a small price. This route will be one.
Although it is all on-road, people often ride it on mountain bikes for comfort and to make the short, steep parts less daunting.
We’ve had rough weather recently.
Too poor, you might think, to enjoy mountain biking around Carningli – too wet – too windy?
Well, some of the time – yes – but in between the gales and downpours there have been interludes of calm beauty. Nothing beats the exhilaration of coming down the mountain – and the scenery – always amazing.
The scenery was looking wonderful today