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My view by Wayne Morgan

Name: Wayne Morgan MBE
Where are you from: Broadlands, Bridgend
What do you do: Retired Army Major - County Borough Councillor/Community Councillor
Favourite local place and why: Sker Point, it is still a wild and unspoilt beautiful location with the sea, sand dunes, and wild life there to be enjoyed by all who take the time and trouble to walk the various short routes to this location. Further afield it is Pen Y Fan & Corn Du in Brecon
Where do you like to eat locally: Broadlands Indian Restaurant "The Cinnamon"
If you like, tell us 1 thing about yourself / or tell us something interesting: As simple custodians of this planet, I believe that it is our duty to look after the environment in order that we might pass it on to our children and grand-children unpolluted, safe and healthy. A constant source of wonderment, beauty and an abundant resource. We must never take the environment for granted or it will be lost to those who put self and greed above all else.

The Taff Trail and Merthyr Viaduct

merthyr tydfil, originally uploaded by Synwell.

The Taff Trail is a 58 mile long cycle path that links both Cardiff and Brecon in South Wales. A great way to explore the best of the south Wales countryside with its varied rural and suburban landscapes, and still enjoy what our capital city and arguably one of our most famous market towns has to offer. Cycling or walking the Taff Trail even takes you through Merthyr Tydfil and one of the finest examples of a viaduct in Wales. The Cefn Coed Viaduct is 115 feet high in places and at 725ft long is the third longest viaduct in Wales.

The largest cycling event in Wales

Ogmore Valley, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

The Dragon Ride is the largest cycling event in Wales and the largest of its kind in the UK. The event is based on a format that has become very popular in France and Italy during the nineties, essentially a road cycling marathon held over a mountainous route. The first Dragon Ride was held in 2004 and was based at the Recreation Centre in Bridgend. One of only three events of its kind in the UK, the inaugural ride had an entry of 280 riders. A challenging route of just over 100 miles took the hardy entrants over the most challenging climbs in South Wales, The Bwlch, Rhigos and Brecon Beacons. The ride has grown in popularity dramatically each year with the 2010 event sold 3000 places in just ten days and a further 300 entries were filled within seven minutes of their release, unprecedented within UK cycling. Entries to the event are now closed with 3500 riders entered.