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Fat Man rides tiny bike from Abergavenny , over the mountain to Hay-on-Wye…..🤪

PART 2 of Fat Man rides tiny bike – my Yamaha YB100 – from Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye and back through “The Golden Valley”!

So the Cyclemotor Run was lovely but short…..designed for low power cyclemotors so the fun was enhanced by riding TO the venue and back again but a different route.

While the others indulged lunch in the local “Wetherspoons” I decided to ride the little YB up over the mountain to Hay-on-Wye (a famous book/literary town) past the ruined Llanthony Priory and the pretty hamlet of Capel-y-ffyn. A beautiful run through very narrow lanes and few passing places for cars. This route is NOT closed as suggested by Google Maps but is passable, where the landslip was, with care.

I stopped near the top of the mountain for a mouthwatering lunch (NOT) procured from the garage where I topped up with fuel in Abergavenny. I was looking forward to my bottle of water but it must have become dislodged when I hit a pothole! So I sat on a rock and ate my sandwich and crisps.

The view from the top was not as brilliant as it could have been – it was a bit cloudy and hazy but, nevertheless, you can’t fail to be impressed with such a vista!

MY ROUTE TO HAY-ON-WYEhttps://goo.gl/maps/jqRQ79CVHCdsxXm99
Please note I had to show this as a “bicycle route” so ignore the timing. Google maps shows this road is closed (due to a land slip) but it has been partially repaired and mentioned before it definitely passable!

I came back from Hay-on-Wye to Monmouth via the “Golden Valley” road – very quiet and nice and twisty! A particularly nice little village is Grosmont – it felt like I could almost be in Devon!

Once again my quest to find a cuppa tea and cake in Monmouth was dashed so I opted for a giant ice cream!

Having ridden the Wye Valley road several times in the past few weeks, I decided to take the B4293 from Monmouth, through the forest, back to Chepstow and home.


So in the end, over 9000 feet up and down and 177 miles in one day from Home – Abergavenny – Hay-on-Wye – Monmouth – Trelleck – Chepstow and home again…..not bad for an old (almost) vintage 100c bike and an old @r$€ 😆

Rob Little
Tour Guide
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