Wye Valley Camping

The weather was gloriously sunny at Talybont in the Brecon Beacons for the fifth annual Wye Valley Camping event. On the campsite were Centre members and guests from the Welsh Centre, Cirencester and Swansea VMCC. In all there were 10 riders in tents and motorhomes all looking forward to two runs, each of about 80 miles. On Wednesday’s run we were joined by 5 extra Wye Valley members as we headed west into the Brecon Beacons. The views, up to the tea stop at the Visitors’ Centre, were spectacular. From here we took the Swansea Valley road and over the mountains to the Aberdulais Tin Works in the Neath Valley, for lunch. We returned via the little used lanes to Ystradfellte before taking the old Roman Road to Sarn Helen which afforded us some more wonderful scenery. Thursday’s run saw 11 riders heading east to the Steel Horse on the Abergavenny to Raglan road for the morning tea stop. Here we were joined by 3 more Wye Valley members. We took the sweeping lanes to Llansoy before turning down Forge Road, passing the industrial remains of the wire works and ponds, and reaching the Old Railway Station at Tintern for lunch. The afternoon route led us alongside the River Wye on the main road to Monmouth. We then took the old Abergavenny road past the Rockfield Studios (where Queen and Oasis have recorded) and the Hendre (the ancestral home of the Rolls family), stopping again at the Steel Horse for a cuppa, before returning to the campsite.

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