From Devizes, NCN Route 4 veers away from the towpath and out onto Quiet
Lanes. Very lovely, very picturesque, very frustrating. You can?t get a
momentum going. As soon as you?re up to speed there?s another T junction.
You travel in every direction but forwards. Nice if you have nowhere to go.
30th Jul 2009, 10:49
Some miscellaneous images.
A rainbow over Cardiff seemed to bode well for the rest of the day.
The Sustrans Office in Bristol.
Hiding from the rain beneath Bath.
I offered to race a narrowboat up the locks, but go no takers.
30th Jul 2009, 10:45
Mileposts, one day apart.
DAY ONE was a train from Pembroke Dock to Carmarthen. From Carmarthen I joined NCN Route 4, after stocking up on essentials for the trip. This goes by road through Kidwelly to Pembrey Country Park and onto the Millenium Coast Path past Llanelli, then follows the coast through Swansea, Port Talbot, Neath and Bridgend. I was intending to cycle to Cardiff, but at Bridgend decided to get the train for the last 20 miles. Mileage at Bridgend Station was 74 miles (including some serious hillage).
DAY TWO: After spending the night in Cardiff I caught the 8:05am train to Bristol Temple Meads, visited the Bristol Sustrans Office to get some mappage, then joined Route 4 again for the Bristol - Bath cycleway, which is the very first Sustrans Trail, where the NCN began. At Bath, Route 4 follows the Avon Kennet canal towpath to Devizes, so I totalled around 50 miles of traffic free route. From Devizes the route follows the Wiltshire Cycle trail along quiet country lanes with thatched cottages on every corner, and this is where I eventually lost my mind and wanted to burn a house down, for I was winding about in every direction but forward. I reached Newbury around 7pm and gave up, my mileage for day 2 standing at 96 miles. Took trains to Farnham to stay with Hari and Minkey.
29th Jul 2009, 16:37