Friday, 10 March 2017

Offa's Dyke Path

Sedbury Cliffs → Chepstow

offa-start.jpg Distance: 1.94 miles
Ascent: 98 metres
Duration: 36 minutes

A prelude
« Not walked | Not walked »

Here's the plan: over the next twelve days I'll walk the length of Offa's Dyke Path. It's the only National Trail in Wales that I've not completed, and when I reach Prestatyn a week on Wednesday it'll join up with my walk round the Welsh Coast to create the longest circular walk I've done so far.

first-dyke.jpgThis time I'm on my own. Emma's at work, and although I enjoyed Mum's chauffeuring (and company) on Glynd┼Ár's Way last year, I decided to try and complete this walk unaided. I've booked accommodation for each night, and I intend to not use any form of transport other than my two feet until I reach the north coast.

The path itself starts incongruously on a cliff north of the Severn Bridge. It's a seemingly arbitrary point until you realise that there really is a Dyke and it is here, where the land meets the sea, that it finishes.

chepstow-bridge.jpgAfter a short walk along a segment of earthwork, the two miles into Chepstow aren't particularly inspiring save for the fact that they're the start of a big walk, and the north coast beckons.

wye-severn-confluence.jpgPerhaps of more interest is how I reached the start. I looped around Beachley Point, where the Wye and Severn kiss and make up after their race from the summit of Plynlimon.

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