The Devil's Bridge run on Sunday 3rd July
The forecast during the week hadn't been good for the drive, but in the end, the weather was on our side. 12 cars met at Hereford - on this occasion, we were pleased to welcome members of Glavon group, who in fact outnumbered Wye Dean!
The drive was organised by John & Celia Williams, but unfortunately they were unable to take the lead, so Beryl & Dick picked up the baton, and barring an embarrassing bit of confusion locating the mountain road out of Rhayader, and leaving Jeff & Caroline behind in Devil's Bridge, did a sterling job.
We passed through Black & White villages to reach Kington, then on to Crossgates where we called in at the recommended pit stop to fuel the humans (and 1 or 2 cars). This is a popular venue for the scores of bikers that take to the roads at the weekends, and has justifiably earned a very good reputation.
Suitable refreshed, we drove from Rhayader over the mountain road - fabulous views over moorland and the head of the Elan Valley, with Red Kites soaring overhead. We dropped towards Devil's Bridge via a narrow single track road that required full concentration from the drivers - thankfully the road was pretty quiet.
At DB there were 2 options to view the famous 3 Bridges, and chance to enjoy a beer/tea/ice cream etc. The next leg of the journey took us through Tregaron and near Lampeter, then on to Llandovery where we stopped at the Castle Hotel for tea & scones, and said our goodbyes to those who decided to head for home straight away.
The round trip from Hereford and back to Abergavenny was around 156 miles, and many had driven long distances to reach the start point, so the cars were really put through their paces over the varied terrain, and as far as I know, all got home without a glitch - brilliant. (though no chance to gather around a raised bonnet and offer pearls of wisdom & comfort!) So, our thanks to John & Celia for the work that went on to planning the route.