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Fourteen Locks and West Newport

At last, summer weather!!  This was a circular walk of around 8 miles to the west of Newport taking in Fourteen Locks, recognised as an engineering wonder of the Industrial Revolution.  On a glorious day, 21 attendees and two dogs walked from Ridgeway to the iron age fort site at Gaer,  We then walked through Tredegar Park alongside the river Ebbw and then through the old golf course to Bassaleg.  After  crossing the River Ebbw at Pye Corner, we crossed the A467 at Rogerstone and then climbed up through Cefn Wood to the Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre.  We then walked the Fourteen Locks section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, partly under and adjacent to the M4, before climbing back up to Ridgeway through Allt-Yr-Yn Woods past its old lido.  Ridgeway, known locally as Little Switzerland, gave excellent views across the Gwent valleys and beyond, and the Cafe at Ridgeway at the end of the walk offered welcome refreshments.  A glorious day to be out walking with new and older friends on a varied and different sort of walk.

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