Burry Port – Lavernock
3002 feet climbed
3517 calories burnt
It was an incredibly long day today, another 80-miler. We woke to clear-ish weather, clouds in the sky but it looked promising not to rain. Compared to yesterday, we set off pretty early for us, around 8:00am. As the Motorhome had stopped in Burry Port, we were slap bang on the NCN route 4, a lucky coincidence. Even luckier as we just stumbled on this fact because Mum and I had taken Jasper for a walk the night before and found the signs!
Dad and I set off to find the Route 4 signs again, we whizzed a couple of hundred feet to the beach and then I saw the sign and it told us to go back the way we came (oops I didn’t read it properly last night). It was a spectacular route, I can’t praise Sustrans highly enough for their work! We sped along the smooth tarmac, looking out over the Gower Peninsula – with not another person in sight. It’s mornings like this that truly make the trip worthwhile. We hit Llanelli, a beautiful little coastal town, and all around the cycle path were manicured lawns with what looked like mini telly tubby hills and lots of folk out walking their dogs.
We followed the NCN Route 4 all the way past Swansea and Port Talbot, right through to Pyle where we dipped off to get down to Porthcawl (ignoring the route I had plotted on my Garmin). Following Route 4 we were treated to a true cross-section of British life, from the country lanes and sedate towns of Llanelli, through to bustling cities like Swansea and then industrial areas such as Port Talbot with the steel works. Amazing to see such a vast spectrum of life across only 40 odd miles of coast! We even passed one of the huge Amazon warehouses, where the motorhome stumbled upon us, on the cycle path to the side of the A48 (allowing me to top up with Jelly Babies).
It was a tough morning, before lunch we had managed to cycle 46 miles. Just shows what you can do when there’s little climbing and you have a tail wind! Another issue of the morning had been to ensure we avoided the M4, we crossed it at Port Talbort, and again to come south at Pyle.
For lunch we met the motorhome after we’d passed through Porthcawl, in a lay-by at Newton. We powered through, not resting too long as we wanted to make as much of the good weather as possible, although as we set off it did start to rain slightly.
The afternoon was vastly different to the morning where we’d had traffic free cycle routes; instead we had traffic laden arterial roads to contest with. One good thing to mention through was the view that we were treated to. Once we’d got past Bridgend and down to Llantwit Major (such a cool town name) we could see across the Bristol Channel to ENGLAND! It’s going to be surreal when we’re over the other side and looking back on where we cycled in Wales!
We managed another 40 miles in the afternoon, there was some catastrophic driving – too much to mention, but one included a DHL driver just pulling out from a parked spot (with hazards lights still on), another – a woman trying to overtake on a junction where she wanted to turn left into, effectively just trying to plough us down!
Tonight’s spot is just five miles short of Cardiff, a small town called Lavernock. We arrived at about 5:30pm, so I grabbed a shower whilst dinner was being sorted. Mum cooked – we had pasta with bacon, tomato and mascarpone sauce, it was exactly what we needed after such a long day of cycling. We then had more of Pat’s wonderful cakes with a cup of tea.
Early to bed – so we can wake up and get cycling on through to ENGLAND tomorrow!
Please remember my Dad and I are cycling the 4,400 miles round the coast of Britain to raise £10,000 for Clifton’s Children Society (CCS) Adoption, the agency that facilitated an adoption for family friends. Please follow this link to donate as much as you can http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycling4adoption
Many, many thanks in advance!