Route 42

Route Details

  • Distance: 64 miles
  • Type: Quiet roads

Route Description

The section of Route 42 between Chepstow and Glasbury is open and signed, but the route between Chepstow and Gloucester is not yet complete. The Chepstow to Glasbury section is also part of 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 the 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. 

Things to see and do

  • Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Llanthony Priory at the foot of the Black Mountains is fantastic and the Llanthony Priory Hotel serves food.  A great campsite is just next door.
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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.




National Route 42 of the National Cycle Network will run west from Gloucester through Cinderford to Chepstow and then north through Abergavenny to join National Route 8 at Glasbury with the option of passing through Hay-on-Wye