National Route 42 of the National Cycle Network runs from Chepstow and then north through Abergavenny to join National Route 8 at Glasbury with the option of passing through Hay-on-Wye.

The Chepstow to Glasbury section of Route 42 forms part of the fantastic the Lon Las Cymru route. There are a few challenging climbs on this route but you are rewarded with some fantastic scenery and awe-inspiring views.

Following the route out of Chepstow, the first section of the ride is on quiet roads and takes you through some lovely woodland before arriving at Usk.

The route then follows the River Usk towards Abergavenny on more country roads. At Abergavenny, you leave the river behind and head into the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park along quiet country lanes into the beautiful Vale of Ewyas, where it passes close to the ruins of the fabulous Llanthony Priory.

The route then heads to the hamlet of Capel-y-ffin, where it climbs Gospel Pass 542m (1,778ft) with spectacular views over the Wye Valley. From here, the trail drops into the Valley, where it links with National Cycle Route 8 at Glasbury.

There is a small loop at the top of Route 42 providing links to Hay-on-Wye which is well worth a visit.

Other things to see and do along the route include Brecon Beacons National Park and Llanthony Priory. At the foot of the Black Mountains, this is a fantastic landmark, and the Llanthony Priory Hotel serves food.  

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 42 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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