A local ride of about 16 miles but probably within a 5 miles radius of home. Its basically up one side of the Taff Valley, down to the river and then back up and down on the other side.
Cardiff and the surrounding area has a huge house building programme, and here you can see fields being cleared ready for building. As you pass along these lanes there are many signs offering plots for sale .
It is a beautiful place to live, but what a loss of natural habitat for the wildlife. I was only just reading the other day how many birds and wildlife that we have lost in the last 50 years and its frightening. No wonder there are so many environmental protests going on.
Back to the ride, and lets enjoy the beauty of times past,
A local farm water source.
Wonderful dry stone walls
Old barns, albeit with a new roof.
Lanes leading onto the mountainside.
An old railway line, now a trail, but the escape holes for the railway workers still visible.
Changing the subject a bit, a new wireless bike computer from e bay, a great bargain at £5.95, inc. P & P
Back to the ride, this is looking at the other side of the valley , where the first few pictures were taken.
There is always litter dumped somewhere.
Back through the woods.
Plenty of wildflowers out and its Bluebell time.
and Forget me Nots
Finally down the Zig Zag path towards home. Long ago the original path was used by miners, who were ferried across across the river, on their way to the mine.