National Route 43

I decided to check out part of the Sustrans Route 43 National Cycle Network today between Clydach and Ystalyfera. The ride was approximately 14 miles (roundtrip) and was very easy going given due to the flat nature of the route and took around 1 hour to complete.

There’s plenty of scenery to enjoy along the way with the path hugging both the Swansea canal and River Tawe at various points along the route. There are also some cracking views of the Swansea Valley and Black Mountains towards the Ystalyfera part of the route. All in all it’s a great ride for a family outing, but off-roaders looking for some thrills would need to look elsewhere I’m afraid.

Seeing as it’s been such a glorious sunny day the DDWT family also made a visit to Swansea Bay, well the beach that sits on the doorstep of County Hall. I took a couple of the snaps which you can see below – the first one shows Mumble’s Head in the distance, the 2nd was taken from the County Hall car park (complete with palm trees!) looking out over Swansea Bay.

Picture of Swansea Bay showing Mumble's Head in the distancePicture of Swansea Bay as seen from County Hall car parkAnyone who has been onto the beach will tell you how great the views are and how lush the sand is to walk on! I can highly recommend walking along the beach at sunset – for the romantics amongst you – but not whilst the tide is coming in of course!

Even before all of this exercise I took it upon myself to weigh this morning – as Sunday is ALWAYS weigh-in day – and I was pleasantly suprised to see me now weighing in at 17st 4lbs. This was great news and I am chuffed to be losing weight at a steady and safe pace. If I could only keep in check the amount of chocolate I eat, I’m sure it would be a lot easier. Anyway, progress is progress so I’m happy with that.