Riding Bikes at Bluestone
Last weekend I stayed at Bluestone with my family as I very often do as part of my Duty Director responsibilities. The great thing about this is the fact that I get to use the many facilities and try out the activities. I couldn’t have picked a better weekend, weather-wise – typical Indian Summer!
So, the warm, sunny, Saturday afternoon inspired us to give the new cycle track a go. The track runs from Canaston Woods to Blackpool Mill, which is all accessible from Bluestone. Usually on days like this we would partake in a walk along a section of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path but on this occasion I jumped on the saddle of a nice shiny new bike and away we went.
To get to the track, we cycled past the Bluestone Village and up towards the driving range, where we turned right and followed the sign for Canaston Woods. For the Lord of the Rings fans out there, this brings you to something that resembles the Black Gate of Mordor, only this one is green, so you really can’t miss it!
What I really loved about the journey to the Mill is that it is pretty much all downhill, which suited me fine as I haven’t exactly been in training for the Tour De France. You do however need to cross a road as the cycle path reaches the end of the woods… so do take care if you go down to the woods today, be sure of a big surprise!
Blackpool Mill is a picturesque old water mill that has been re-opened as a tourist attraction, with a small charge to enter the mill. There is a gallery/gift shop and a café that sells ice cream, hot and cold drinks, and also a selection of light snacks including cakes, sandwiches and even Welsh rarebit. So, as I felt my efforts to get this far deserved rewarding, my diet went out the window as we indulged ourselves whilst sitting in the sun, with views of the river and bridge, and lost ourselves in the tranquil sound of the water rippling under the stone bridge.
There are a number of picturesque walks from the mill including Leat Walk, Minwear Woods and Slebech Estate. Alas, on this occasion I was on my bike so I could not participate, maybe next time…
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cycle ride back up the track to Bluestone wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated it to be, in fact, my cheeks had only turned a pale shade of dusky pink and not their usual shade of deep purple and I only had to get off and push once… or maybe twice!!