Monday, 20 March 2017

Offa's Dyke Path

Pentre nr Chirk → Llandegla

waterproof.jpg Distance: 16.02 miles
Ascent: 743 metres
Duration: 5 hours 28 minutes

The rainy day
« Not walked | Not walked »

eglwyseg-mountain.jpgI knew it couldn't last. Ever since setting off nine days ago I've managed to stay broadly dry, but this morning I woke up to the sound of heavy rain hammering down on the roof of the B&B. I enjoyed an hour of sunshine in the middle of the day and another as I finished off the walk so it's not been entirely bad, and certainly not a patch on the downpours I endured on Glyndŵr's Way last summer. My new waterproofs have proved themselves very well.

pontcysyllte-aqueduct.jpgThe highlight of the day was undoubtedly Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Even without its quantitative achievements (longest and oldest in the UK, highest in the world) this would be a remarkable piece of engineering. It famously only has a protective fence on the towpath side of the canal, resulting in an exhilarating sense of exposure to the drop to the river 38m below.

cyrn-y-brain.jpgThe weather forecast for tomorrow is much colder and dry but with very strong winds. It'll be a long walk over the mountains.


Notes for future walkers:

  • Accommodation is scarce in Llandegla, but the camping pod at Bryn Dŵr turned out to be perfect: basic but sufficient. (They even provided bedding, which is normally excluded in the pod.)
  • Food options are likewise limited. Be sure to arrive early and stock up from the wonderful Llandegla Community Shop.
  • It's well worth popping into St Tecla's church to find out about the nearby well and look at the stunning painted window.

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