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Around The Black Hill bike ride  


One of the reasons that we decided on getting our Cyclehome is because we wanted to do a bit more cycling around bits of Britain and Europe that we haven't explored before. However, we still need to be able to run the business at the same time, which means being able to work with the Internet and phones in the Cyclehome and visiting customers.

We've got a lovely book called Lost Lanes Wales, in which Jack Thurston has devised routes off the busiest roads and with places of interest, pubs and cafes to visit, so we decided to venture as far away from home as Abergavenny to do Ride 14.


The ride is supposed to start and end in Hay-on-Wye, but as we'd just joined the Caravan and Motorhome Club, we booked a spot on the Pandy Caravan Club site, which just so happened to be slightly off the most southerly point of the route.

We started criminally early on Sunday morning in the hope of being back at the Site before it rained and the first place we stopped to have a look at was the remains of Longtown Castle, before following the route next to the Monnow river towards Hay-on-Wye.

We didn't take the route into Hay, but turned left instead to go up to the Gospel Pass (the highest paved road in Wales), which took a while, but the views were great, even on a grey day.

After all the pedalling uphill, you get a twelve-mile descent down the Vale of Ewyas, but we stopped briefly to visit Capel-y-Ffin, which is a tiny church surrounded by massive yew trees, and then had tea and cake at Llanthony Priory (where we also managed to avoid a rain shower).

We also visited Cwmyoy Church, with its walls buttressed and leaning in different directions, which was worth stopping for. It wasn't far back to the Pandy site after that and we made it before the rain really started.

One of the best things about the Cyclehome is that the bikes can go straight into the garage after a ride, so they are secured out of sight, out of the rain quickly and without messing up the rest of the living quarters. The door from the garage to the living quarters also means we don't need to go back out into the rain before getting to the computer to check incoming emails.


  • Lost Lanes Wales. It's a great book, with thirty-six rides ranging from easy to challenging and between seventeen and forty-six miles long, covering all regions of Wales. Buy it online from this website.

  • Pandy Caravan Club Site - nice site, clean and well-looked after, easy to find off the A465

  • The Caravan and Motorhome Club - very easy to book sites from here or the app.

View from Gospel Pass


Cwmyoy Church