Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Offa's Dyke 180 miles with the boys!

On Saturday we left Ipswich to travel to Chepstow in readiness to start walking bright and early the next day.

Day 1 Chepstow to Llangattock 32 miles

A lovely lady from greyhound gap called Laura King kindly collected us from our B & B and with her gap hound Marley who was really  rather handsome took us to our starting point.

A very very long tiring day, not helped by being chasing by some mad bulls intent on causing grevious bodily harm to the boys.

Some beautiful scenery and finally a delicious home made roast awaited us at the pub at 9.40pm some 12 plus hours since breakfast! The lovely people at the B & B provided a hearty breakfast and a jolly good packed lunch and once again we were off on day 2.

Day 2 Llangattock to Hay on Wye 20 miles

Our 20-mile route became 22 due to diversions beyond our control.....
It was lovely  walking along ridge of the black mountains & beautiful views back to Pandy & onto Hays Bluff at 2300ft which we eventually reached having ascended mostly gradually but sometimes quite steeply for 11 miles.

Parts of the ridge resembled the moon!quite scary for a little bear.

The cooling breeze became a torrent of wind above 2000ft @ the sun could be felt burning as it was whipped into our faces, Marc decided it would be best to tuck me back into his rucksafe with the threat of pain still ringing in his ears from his Mum should I become damaged.

The ridge was also home to wild horses & ponies that were very placid.

  • The view to the black mountains

The final 4 miles descended into Hay on Wye and we arrived at B&B only 12 minutes behind our original plan.

Upon taking off our walking boots steam was clearly visible!! But made more bearable by the delicious pot of tea and scones that we waiting for us in our room which I have to say was rather yummy! The boys are starting to show signs of wear and tear but I am fighting fit.

Officially 52 miles completedplus a few extras.