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bricam2096

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Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« on: 18:09:46, 20/07/19 »
I recently walked the Offa's Dyke path, this would be my 15th National Trail and it was one of my favourite ones. There was a bit of rain on the first 2 mornings and then nearly all of the last day but apart from that just a couple of showers meant ideal conditions, warm enough to be in tshirt and shorts at times but not hot enough to feel uncomfortable. The first couple of days seemed to have quite a bit of wet and muddy farmland and fields to go through (and the last) but after that, the scenery and the paths improved and it's certainly a walk I would do again. Below are some of the photos taken on the trail, the rest of my diary can be read at...

http://www.brians-walks.co.uk/offas-dyke-path.html

Day 1 - Sedbury Cliffs (near Chepstow) to Monmouth - 19 miles


The start of Offa's Dyke Walk at Sedbury Hills on a wet day



Just reaching the bridge at Bigsweir on the riverside path option



Looking down towards the River Wye and Redbrook



The Round House on the summit of the Kyrin above Monmouth



Looking down over Monmouth from the Round House


Day 2 - Monmouth to Pandy (near Abergavenny) - 17 miles


The gate tower on the fortified Monnow Bridge in Monmouth



White Castle, near Llantilio Cressenny



Looking towards Skirrid Fawr from near Pandy


Day 3 - Pandy to Hay-On-Wye - 16 miles


Part of the lovely 10 mile walk along the Hatterrall Ridge



The Welsh Dragon on the Hay Bluff trig point



Part of the fantastic view from Hay Bluff


Day 4 - Hay-On-Wye to Kington - 15 miles


Crossing the River Wye as I leave Hay-On-Wye



Heading down towards the Hamlet of Newchurch



The clump of monkey trees on the Hergest Ridge



The war memorial in Kington Square


Day 5 - Kington to Knighton - 14 miles


A stretch of Offa's Dyke looking towards the Holywell Valley



The Price Monument on Hawthorn Hill



The clock tower in the centre of Knighton


Day 6 - Knighton to Montgomery - 20 miles


The trig point on Cwm Sanaham Hill looking towards Knucklas



Brynorgan Cottage and the line of the Dyke on Llanfair Hill



The halfway point of the Offa's Dyke Path walk



Looking down towards the Vale of Montgomery


Day 7 - Montgomery to Llanymynech - 21 miles


The view from the bench at the top of Beacon's Ring



Walking along part of the Montgomery Canal near Pool Quay



Looking towards the Breidden Hills as I walked beside the River Severn



Parsons Bridge on the Montgomery Canal near Four Crosses

Day 8 - Llanymynech to Llangollen - 24 miles


Walking through the lovely hamlet of Nantmawr



Looking over at Chirk Castle, just off the trail



About to walk over the very high and exposed Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


It's a long way down from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct



Crossing the bridge over the River Dee into Llangollen


Day 9 - Llangollen to Llanarmon - 15 miles



Heading up the steep path towards Castle Dinas Bran from Llangollen



Looking down towards Llangollen through the ruins of Castle Dinas Bran



The fantastic level scree walk heading towards Craig Yr Adar



The St. Tecla Church of Wales in llandegla

Day 10 - Llanarmon to Bodfari - 18 miles



Heading towards the Jubilee Tower on top of Moel Famau



The Jubilee Tower on top of Moel Famau



Part of the ridge walk after Moel Famau



Heading down to start the climb up Moel Arthur



Heading down lovely paths towards Bodfari

Day 11 (Final Day) - Bodfari to Prestatyn - 12 miles



Heading down towards the busy A55 road on the gloomy last day



Looking down into the start of Prestatyn, no sign of the sea.



Nearing the end of the Offa's Dyke Path at Prestatyn seafront



The sculpture at the end of Offa's Dyke Path in Prestatyn

http://www.brians-walks.co.uk/offas-dyke-path.html
LDWs done - 32 in total including 16 National Trails and 3 C2C

Wainwrights 176
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sussamb

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #1 on: 20:41:43, 20/07/19 »
Nice, brought back memories of my OD trip  O0
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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #2 on: 20:59:51, 20/07/19 »
A great series of photos, thanks ever so much for sharing. I would really love to do this walk but I don't think I'll get two weeks off until I drop dead unfortunately.

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #3 on: 21:25:19, 20/07/19 »
A grand trail journey, well summarised in the pictures  O0
I'll have a read of your full account tomorrow.
The southernmost section near Chepstow I remember as particularly muddy and glutinous in wet weather, of course that's when you got your rain.
 

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #4 on: 13:50:32, 21/07/19 »
Reaching the half way post was fab; unfortunately I did not know how many more steep ascents and descents there were till I hit the Vale of Montgomery


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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #5 on: 16:58:32, 21/07/19 »
Great photos Bri  O0
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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #6 on: 17:53:18, 21/07/19 »
Thanks Bricam, I enjoyed your report and photo's. It sounded a much more relaxed Offa's Dyke than my fairly recent trip. We first walked the route many years ago taking 11 days including a rest day in Knighton. I remember we fair charged along that track up to Moel Fammau, this time however in the dark of night and fatigued after being on constant move since Llanymynech, that track seemed to go on forever and I'd forgotten how steep it is in places.
I don't know about you but I was disappointed with the number of pubs that were closed, including the one at Buttington, or maybe it was the time of day that I was passing through.I agree a great walk and one Ive been considering for some time about doing North - South.

bricam2096

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #7 on: 18:27:25, 21/07/19 »
I stopped for a pint in Buttington so I guess you were unlucky. There were a couple on the route that were closed and I knew about but I always enjoy a pint, obviously to rehydrate myself if I get the chance.
LDWs done - 32 in total including 16 National Trails and 3 C2C

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #8 on: 10:38:30, 26/07/19 »
We walked from Kington up onto Hergest ridge on my Birthday back in December. Had a cuppa and  sandwich in the wind and sleet sat the bench by the trees. Even in the weather we had its still magical.

sussamb

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #9 on: 11:23:03, 26/07/19 »
I stopped for a pint in Buttington so I guess you were unlucky. There were a couple on the route that were closed and I knew about but I always enjoy a pint, obviously to rehydrate myself if I get the chance.

Agree, I had no issues finding somewhere to 'rehydrate' (must remember that one) when I walked the ODP a few years back  O0
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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #10 on: 11:28:20, 26/07/19 »
A lovely green land. Particularly like the limestone country north of Llangollen; shame that the walk finishes in a ****hole like Prestatyn. :D

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #11 on: 12:39:37, 26/07/19 »
A lovely green land. Particularly like the limestone country north of Llangollen; shame that the walk finishes in a ****hole like Prestatyn. :D
One reason why we walked it north to south!

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #12 on: 12:41:01, 26/07/19 »
I stopped for a pint in Buttington so I guess you were unlucky. There were a couple on the route that were closed and I knew about but I always enjoy a pint, obviously to rehydrate myself if I get the chance.
We B&Bd in Buttington so we ate at the pub, Green Dragon?

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #13 on: 12:43:46, 26/07/19 »
One reason why we walked it north to south!


Good call.


I walked Swansea to Conwy once, a much nicer place to finish a walk.

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Re: Offa's Dyke Path photos - June 2019
« Reply #14 on: 12:49:30, 26/07/19 »
One reason why we walked it north to south!

Yep, me too  O0
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