Monday, July 24, 2017

Llanymynech to Bronygarth to Llangollen

Yes I know we skipped a day.

No internet last night but just as well because I didn't have a great day yesterday.

I didn't take many photos and it seems our described itinerary was about 4 kilometres short of the actual distance. Imagine you're all psyched up to do 20k and when you get that far there is a sign pointing the way for another 2 3/4 miles! That's at least one more hour. I was grumpy.

Those few kilometres can be a deal breaker

especially when the path is overgrown like this with head high bracken, stinging nettle and prickly wild things,

narrow and uneven like this so you reach out to steady yourself

and the farmers have thoughtfully topped their fences like this.

But before long we arrived at our lovely B & B welcomed with cake and a cup of tea.

And what a lovely garden, fruit trees, veges, the lot.

Today was a lovely day.

We skirted the edge of Chirk Castle, said goodbye to Offa's Dyke (even though have have 3 more days walking the path) and met the Llangollen Canal.

 

It was such a highlight walking across the Pontcysylite Aquaduct, built to carry the canal over the River Dee.

 

1000 feet long, the first stone was laid in 1795 and took 10 years to complete.

Distance covered: 27 kilometres and then 18 kilometres today.

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Buttington to Llanymynech

Funny day today. We had 16 kilometres to walk but a flat walk all the way following the Montgomery Canal.

Yes all the way. We got here just after lunchtime. Seemed really weird.

 

 

It rained on and off all the way and has poured since we arrived.

Apparently school holidays start today so that explains the change in the weather!

Lovely to be here warm and dry,

Distance covered today: 16 kilometres.

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brompton Crossroads to Buttington.

So that was yesterday.

And the distance we covered was 23 kilometres.

The were lots of fields, a big big hill, a beautiful forest and more fields.

Am I holding your interest?

At least we found somewhere to sit to eat our lunch.

There were lots and lots of pheasants in the forest, hundreds being raised for the 'season'.

 

And then back down through the fields again.

Today we are having a rest day in the most wonderful B&B. Dreamy.

This morning we visited Powys Castle. The castle itself is very interesting, well worth a visit but the gardens...

 

 

 

 

 

We did a tour of the gardens and nursery. Oh those green houses.

I want one!

 

 

I took loads of photos so maybe I should revisit this again.

I am thinking we could go on a gardening tour next, what do you think?

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Newcastle-on-Clun to Brompton Crossroads

Phew. Today felt like a big day!

By about 11am I was ready to pack it in.

We had already walked up one big hill and had two to go.

Don't worry: snack bar to the rescue!

 

 

 

 

We passed the half way mark!!

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See the top of those pines?

We walked from the top, down the valley and back up, mostly on or beside Offa's Dyke.

See the mound in the centre?

And here we are at the end of the day waiting for a lift 3 more miles off the path for our night's accommodation.

Total distance walked: 13 kilometres

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Knighton to Newcastle-on-Clun

It was a beautiful sunny day today and at times patches of shade were most welcome.

We left Knighton through shaded woods then started our first climb slowly.

Today and tomorrow are described as the most difficult of the whole walk so that is why we are taking two days rather than one.

Part way up this is the view back over Knighton

and the fields ahead of us.

Then I put my camera away to concentrate on the heavy work of walking.

It was a good day for harvesting as well.

Distance covered today: 14.8 kilometres

 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kington to Knighton

What a big beautiful day we had today.

Up and down, up and down and up and down.

 

 

We spent a lot of the day walking on or beside Offa's Dyke.

I am afraid my photos will be insufficient but here you are:

 

 

Walking miles and miles across 1300 year old history....

Amazing.

Distance covered today: 23 kilometres