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The Last Days of Prince Llewellyn. Ride Out Sunday 16th September

Ride Out; Sunday 16th September. 9.30am for a 10am departure.  Meeting at Caerphilly Mountain Snack    Bar. At the Top of Caerphilly Mountain just off the A469.

Stephen De Frankton is a name that may not mean much to many of you, but he has had a great affect on the Country where we live.

He is the English Trooper and Swordsman who was responsible for the death of Prince Llewellyn.  Prince Llewellyn was the Last Natural Born Prince of Wales but during a conflict with the invading English he was slain at Cilmery near Builth Wells.

Not realising the identity of the person who he had killed, his body lay at the scene until the following day.  When the English discovered that the Welsh Leader had been killed, they returned and cut off his head.  His head was taken and displayed at the Tower of London as a warning to other rebel armies.

His body was buried at the scene but later moved and given a Christian burial at Abbey Cwm Hir.

His death, effectively brought to the end ‘Welsh Rule’ and from that time on we were ruled by the English.

Now you know who Stephen De Frankton is!

This ride out will visit the Cave at Aberedw where it is reputed that Prince Llewellyn took refuge before the battle at Cilmery. We will visit the scene of the battle and his death, and the place of his burial at Abbey Cwm Hir.

Prince Llewellyn lived in turbulent times, but join us now for a ride out through the beautiful Welsh Countryside that he fought bravely to defend. Calm and idyllic now but once the scene of Bloody and desperate Battles for Welsh Freedom.

Come and join us…. come on…. you know you want to.

I apologise for a bit of a glitch (beyond my control) for the Blog for the last ride out.  It was submitted for posting to WordPress but for some reason didn’t go out until a few weeks later…. so many of you didn’t get it until it was too late.   I hope that doesn’t happen with this one.  See you on Sunday.

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  1. Hello!
    Is the ride okay for 125cc bikes? If I can get David out of his pit i bet he’d love it.

  2. Yes. There’s no Motorway for this ride. A bit of dual carriageway up to Merthyr and then it’s mostly 60’s

  3. HI Andy
    can you give me an idea of the route you will be taking please and where we will end up see you Sunday if my backs better

  4. An estimated route will be, Erwood then through Builth Wells. Then to Beulah and Newbridge over towards Crossgates and the Abbey.

  5. Hello Andy, could you give me a clearer idea of the route for Sunday 16th and an approximate finish time. I’ve got two people who are interested but they want more details. Martin.

  6. Hi Andy,
    I would like to join you for the Prince Llewellyn ride-out on Sun 16th.

  7. Great ride today with a bit of history thrown in along with a bit of a cardio vascular workout. That hill to the cave nearly killed me.. 🙂
    Good company good roads good turnout and good food, If we only had the weather it would have been perfect… still very enjoyable… Thanks guy’s and girls..
    The Last Days of Prince Llewellyn. Ride Out Sunday 16th September

  8. Cheers Don. Thanks to all who came along. 30 bikes in all. A great ride, but yes a steep hill!

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