Excursions

OFFAS DYKE 2017


Final Draft Itinerary OD7 --  Sunday April 2 – 8 (inc) – 7 days

Day 1 – Sunday April 2nd6.00am start from Paignton Coach Station. Comfort stop and Toilets en route.   Drive on to Trefonen where OD6 finished. Kit up and walk the 6.5 miles to Craignant. Board coach and drive to the Royal Hotel in llangollen for a 3 night stay of Bed/Breakfast/3 course evening dinner.

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Day 2 – Monday April 3rd – Leave hotel at 9.00am and proceed to Craignant. Walk the 9 miles to Trevor via the spectacular Pontcysylite Aqueduct. Alternative lower route available if required.

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Day 3 – Tuesday April 4th – Leave hotel at 9.00am and proceed to Trevor. Walk the 10 miles to llandegla. Hire coach required for the day due to EU Driver Restrictions.

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Day 4 – Wednesday April 5th – Leave hotel complete with our luggage at 9.00am and proceed to Llandegla. Walk the 9 miles to Bwlch Penbarra. Drive to Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn for 3 nights of Bed/Breakfast/ 3 course evening dinner.

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Day 5 – Thursday April 6th – Leave hotel at 9.00am and return to Bwlch Pen Barra. Walk the 8 miles to Bodfari.

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Day 6 – Friday April 7th – Leave hotel at 9.00am and return to Bodfari. Walk the 9 miles to the A5151.

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Day 7 – Saturday April 8thLeave hotel after breakfast (complete with luggage) at 9.00am and return to A5151 to walk the final 3.5 miles into Prestatyn to reach the end of the Offa’s Dyke Path. 177 miles completed.

 

Leave Prestatyn and drive back towards Torbay (290 plus miles approximately) stopping for a short lunch break and later for early evening dinner at a venue to be arranged. 


The approximate cost for a single room will be £510.50 pp

                                       for a double/twin            £420.50pp

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The Annual John Musgrave Coach Excursion

NOTE: the John Musgrave Excursion in 2017 is to Laurie Lees Cotswolds and the Slad valley.

 

                                          REPORTS ON PAST EXCURSIONS

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 OFFAS DYKE 6 - APRIL 2016

 

Approx 24 of us have just returned from completing the penultimate section of the Offas Dyke, from Knighton to Trefonen, a distance of roughly 45 miles. 

Both the weather and the terrain were variable enabling us to have a fantastic 6 days of walking including a day of challenging gradients, which we achieved and felt actually really proud of ourselves. 

After completing the walks we looked forward to returning to the Dragon Hotel in Montgomery.

The staff, and in fact everyone we met, were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble.

The food was SUPERB!

All this could not have been achieved if it wasn’t for Bernard, our chairman, who, with his meticulous attention to detail, ensured we all had a wonderful 6 days of walking, and even arranging a ‘day off’.

This was when we went on an 8 mile journey on the Welshpool to Llanfair narrow gauge railway, followed by a tour of the house & gardens at Powis Castle.

 

A huge thank you to Bernard.

 

P Jewry

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JOHN MUSGRAVE TRIP 2014 - 2 November 2014

Despite an unpromising, rainy start to this years John Musgrave trip to Westonbirt, our social committee has chalked up another resounding success. A full coachload disembarked in the rain but the skies cleared quickly to give us good weather in which to wander around the arboretum, enjoying the arborial delights of Westonbirt. Thanks to Jackies superb organisation, we can now all talk knowledgeably about hornbeams, acers, larch, planes, pines of many desrciptions and others too many to mention. No doubt we will be trying to identify some of these as we ramble along in future.

No SDR outing is complete without some wildlife sighting but the Gruffalo found lurking in the Loop Walk was certainly a first for us all. We all made a good stab at matching the Gruffalos beastly appetite when we reached The Beambridge. Large platefuls from the splendid carvery were consumed and few held back on the desserts either.

THANK YOU Jackie and team for arranging this lovely day for us.

A comment and photo have already appeared on our just launched Facebook page. 

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Section 3 of the Offas Dyke Path 20-21 April 2013  

Departing early on the Saturday morning our party of 35 left Torbay heading for the town of Monmouth ready to take on Section 3 of the Offas Dyke Path. Tessa and Chris W drove their vehicles to meet us at the rendevous point. We all arrived in the market town of Monmouth early so kitted up and commenced the walk via the historic Monnow Arch to join the path in the direction of Rockfield. We were soon walking the farmland fields of Wales which were bathed in Glorious sunshine. The path follows the course of the River Trophy through farmsteads, small hamlets and woodlands. Names such as Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern and Pen-pwll-y-calch cottage defy pronounciation, although we did try. We arrived, after walking 9 miles and ahead of schedule at Llantilio Crossenny, boarded our coach and headed back to the Kings Head in Monmouth for our overnight stay.

After a hearty breakfast on the Sunday, we returned to Llantilio to complete the remaining 8 miles through to Pandy passing the White Castle and stopping for lunch at Llangatock Lingoed church where views of the Skirrid, the Black Mountains and the Sugar Loaf were quite awesome. Re-joining our coach we travelled back through Abergavenny and Pontypool down to the Coldra at Newport for the evening dinner before returning to Torbay.

Prestatyn is now a serious challenge with only 141 miles (simples says the meerkat) to achieve our goal. 

 

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