A dull overcast and very windy day on the Clwyds and Caerwys areas made for a cracking ride
21 mile ride along the coast from Ffynnongroyw, up through Greenfield and Holywell taking in Pen y Ball, then back to Lloc and through Whitford and Mostyn woods.
A nice steady ride enjoying the views and warm cloudy weather.
Started the ride to have a look at the new cycle path, entering the path from the Tanlan end of Ffynnongroyw you first go through one of those gates which are meant to be cycle friendly but you always end up hitting and twisting your handlebars trying to get through them, the moment you get past this you have to tackle an uphill cattle grid, as I gingerly crossed the new shiny metal bars with it's rather large gaps the thoughts of "Accident waiting to happen" came to mind, coming back the other way towards the road is going to be tricky as people try to get their bikes through the gate while standing on the grid, also the path is a walkway, no way on this planet could I get my dog over the grid!
When on the first section of the path two things came to mind, the fine loose gravel surface isn't the best in the world, but being an off roader it doesn't really bother me that much, given time to bed in and it should hopefully get better, the big problem with this part of the path is that it's been fenced off from the field, BUT! there are 5 large gaps in the fence which have been left open on purpose, these give the cows in the field full access to the path and after the short time the path has been open a few parts are already a "Dodge the cow splats" on the path, not good at all, there's also bound to be times when the cows are blocking the way and refuse to move, another accident waiting to happen.
Once past this and onto the lane that leads to the old Point of Air Colliery, no work has been done on the lane under the railway bridge, this floods in bad weather and sometimes up over the pavement too, the path after this around the point of air is all tarmac and is in all fairness a good job, maybe within time viewpoints may be added like the rest of the coastline.
The rest of my route took me up to Gronant and over to Prestatyn, to Dyseth, Marian Mills, Gwaenysgor and back home.
A slow 8.5 mile loop of Halkyn today with Jake, a while since he's been out riding with me due to the hot weather, still not bad going for a 10 year old Lab.
Well I have to live up to the name I seem to have been given.
Nice 25 miler through some of the local twisting trails to catch the second stage of the Tour of Britain as it made its way past Afonwen.
Following photos by Carl Richards
A cracking ride with superb weather, within minutes of setting off from the cars the rain stopped and the sun came out.
Following photos by Carl Richards
Myself, Carl and Al decided to meet to meet up on the Clwyds after every single weather forecast gave a windy but nice and dry day, how wrong was that!
Cutting the ride short after the first downpour we decided to just get a few more miles in at a lower level to avoid the worst of the weather, it worked in the fact that we even managed to catch a few rays of sunshine for a couple of minutes on a climb.
The Clwyds were absolutely filthy wet and muddy, rivers of water flowing down every track.
A pretty hilly 46 mile route with 4900ft of nasty climbs from Ffynnongroyw to the peak of Penycloddiau and back home, wind was so strong on Pen it made descending a bit tricky at times being belted by it full force side on.
as the title says, nettle stings on steep loose climbs are never good and idiots who think they can overtake you in their cars on narrow lanes at speed and then the ones who dare not pass you when you're toddling along happily at 12mph enjoying the views on a lane that's wide enough to overtake you in a bloody tank! great ride though, just a shame about the prats.