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Newport U3A now has a new Cycling Group   Newport U3A now has a Cycling Group. The Group has completed three rides this summer: in and around Newport Wetlands, Newport to Caerleon and the latest ride in August taking them to the sea wall at Goldcliff. Six members set off from the car park at Newport International Sports Village (NISV) on a calm and sunny day, ideal for a bike ride. Cycling at a leisurely pace, the route allowed them to appreciate the quiet and unchanging scenery of the Gwent Levels.  Leaving the industrial area of Corporation Road, they were soon on the cycle track linking Corporation Road to Nash Road, a delightful ride through woods and wildflower meadows. The next section took them along Broadstreet Common. This was a rather bumpy ride in places as the inside lane had been patched up, so it was a relief to turn off onto Chapel Lane, a narrow but smooth road that they had to themselves. Here they could appreciate the peaceful rural scene of sheep and cattle grazing in small fields separated by willow trees and slow moving reens, the home of moorhens and swans. From Goldcliff village they headed for the sea wall and came across the delightful Seawall CafĂ©, where they sat and enjoyed a restorative hot drink and some delicious cake. Leaving their bikes in the rack provided, they set off on a short walk along the top of the seawall and out to the headland. The tide was gently lapping on the rocks below and on the opposite shore a large car transporter was making stately progress down the Channel. The headland provided a panoramic view down the Channel to the islands of Flatholm and Steepholm. It was an effort to drag ourselves away from this idyllic scene. The circuit was completed through Whitson and back via Broadstreet Common. A stop was made on the way to admire Whitson Court, the now restored Georgian mansion that many will remember as a private zoo.   If you would like to join the Cycling Group contact dainton.john@ yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01633 212349. There will be two more rides this season in September and October. The U3A also has Walking Groups for those interested in outdoor activities. The organisation is for those in retirement or working towards retirement, not in fulltime employment and who are looking for new activities. There are over 30 Groups based at the premises of Shaftesbury Methodist Church, covering areas including languages, art, crafts, singing, ukulele playing, history, and gardening and wildlife. For more information contact Barbara Phillips on 01633 763884 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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