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By Andy Gray

Home to Llangollen - 274 miles.

I’m on me holidays ??

Long day in the saddle today after next to no sleep last night, worrying about what I’d forgotten to pack!

After the obligatory boring couple of hours on the motorway, I ended up in Chepstow to follow an ABR magazine route that parallels Offa’s Dyke and long distance path. Started following the Wye valley before going through the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Mainly on very small roads, occasionally the word road was an exaggeration.

Stopped for breakfast/lunch at the Half Moon Inn just past Llanthony Priory where Lee from Tour-a-Taff has shown me before. Seems to be an ideal location for a club camp as the pub is now run by a couple of bikers.

Then carried on heading north, which will hopefully be the theme for the next week or two, weather permitting ????

Bypassed the last part of the route as I was getting tired and time was marching on. Not before going through a little village called Discoed ????????

I’d recommend the route if you’re heading up or down Wales, have plenty of time and like small roads & tracks.

Headed directly for Llangollen but still managed to get lost and then struggled to find the supermarket.

Green field, a steep mound, trees and sunshine in Wales
The ruins of the Priory on a sunny day
Llanthony Priory
Looking through an old doorway out to the ruins and the beautiful welsh countryside
Llanthony Priory
Rolling hills, valleys, a narrow winding road and glorious sunshine in Wales
Castle ruins on a small hillside among the rolling hills and fields in Wales
Clun Castle
Abbey Farm Campsite with the abbey ruins in the background
Abbey Farm Campsite, Llangollen.

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Llangollen Andy starts his trip to Scotland... by going to Wales! It is a long way from London Village to The Highlands though, give the man a break.
Friends And Finally Scotland Day 2 and 3 of Andy's Scottish expedition - and he's only just reached the borders. He's having way too much fun and should be focused on heading North.
Bad Weather, Brilliant Roads Andy's first proper ride into Scotland is proving to be a cracker even if the weather is dire.
Exploring Arran and The Mull Of Kintyre There's wildlife and scenery aplenty for Andy as he explores Arran and The Kintyre Peninsula. "Mixed" weather is keeping him on his toes though.
Easy Onto Mull Andy is taking in the splendid West Coast of Scotland at a sensible pace. From the Kintyre Peninsula to the Isle Of Mull there's a lot to take in.
Walking On Iona Andy is using Shank's Pony to get himself around the small island of Iona. Thing is the island isn't quite as small as Andy's feet had hoped for.
Mulling Around To The Mainland When Tobermory is a major town you know you've been somewhere remote. Andy is making his way up the West Coast of Scotland now.
Bealach na Bà Ain't So Bad Andy is making his excuses for a late start today, but it's all self-inflicted. It's time to be overwhelmed by the not really scary Applecross road.
The Wonder Of The West Coast Andy is up on the West Coast of The Scottish Highlands now, and it shows with his achingly beautiful pictures.
The Wonder Of Even More West Coast Andy is exploring the remote and lonesome shores of the North West of Scotland. Geology, beauty and single track, all in another day's ride in The Highlands.
Out Of The Good Stuff, Into The Weather After The splendour of The Highlands and West Coast of Scotland Andy is now at the top of the country. Is there much to report?
The Scottish North East Coast Andy after reaching the tip of the UK is now meandering his way south along the east coast. Being back in civilisation means proper food in solid buildings.
No Nessie And Wet Cairngorms Andy looks at Loch Ness and The Cairngorms, well, when the weather allows at least.

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