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To the dark valley and back again...

Chepstow has one disadvantage.  It doesn't matter which way you go by road but it is going to be uphill on the way out.  The road out on NCR 42 is notable for its rather shocking little climb at the start conveniently ending just outside a hospital.  That'll pretty much be a signature of this little trip.... a hospital or graveyard seemed to accompany all the climbs one way or another.  The route to the town of Usk is reward enough to help us forget that this is an out and back route so the gift that keeps on giving in the shape of the road to Earlswood will be there to welcome us on the way back.... 

Great ride along the canal and out to Cwmdu for a well earned meal.  Marvelous!  

So good, let's do the trip in reverse the next day.

Bike shop in Chepstow...? 559 closed

The bike shop "559 Bikes" has closed for business.

Chepstow to Tintern Railway Cycle path update 2021

The Wye Valley cycle path has indeed taken a huge leap forward in the spring of 2021 with the opening of the tunnel that links a section of the path from just outside of Chepstow all the way to Tintern.  Great efforts from volunteers, cooperation from Forestry England and investment from business has seen this pathway open with a graded surface for much of the route.  The tunnel is the highlight of the route, very atmospheric and with wildlife in mind, the tunnel is an important habitat for several species of bat, the lighting is deliberately subdued.  Lights off when you go through please.  Once in Tintern there are several routes to choose from including one that goes up to Monmouth and picks in the Peregrine Trail to Symonds Yat.  Fantastic day out!

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