Excursions

OFFAS DYKE 2017

OFFA’S DYKE 7 2ND TO 8TH APRIL17 inc

TREFONEN TO PRESTATYN approx 55 MILES

The final section! 

21 of us ramblers set off from Torbay at the crack of dawn. We  eventually started our walk at Trefonen, where we finished last year, & walked to Craignant. Already we were getting a flavour of the fertile green rolling landscape of N Wales.

We stayed 3 nights at the Royal Hotel in Llangollen, a quaintly old fashioned hotel with perhaps an over fondness of raspberry sauce!

The following day we walked from Craignant getting an impressive view of Chirk Castle en route, to the spectacular Telfords Pontcysyltte Aqueduct at Trevor. This was an unique experience & one not to be missed.

Day 3 was an impressive 12 mile walk from Trevor to Llandegla across to The Panoramic Walk, steep passes, board walks across moorland, & finally descending into Llandegla Forest to Bwlch Pen Barra.

The weather up to now was perfect, warm, sunny with a bite to the wind. It enabled us to get the full impact of the versatile & stunning views.

The following day we left Llandegla climbing through Moel y Plas & Bwlch Penbarra. A tough but exhilarating days walk.

We then arrived at the Beaches Hotel in Prestatyn, a totally different hotel from the Royal. More like a Premier Inn. The food was superb & the portions enormous!!

The following day we returned to Bwlch Penbarra & climbed 554 metres to Moel Famou, one of the highest peaks in the Clwydian Range, & made our way to Bodfari.

Our penultimate trek, on the following day was from Bodfari, where we climbed further into the hills towards Rhualt. Once more the views were stunning, passing numerous green fields filled with sheep, & listening to the constant bleatings of the thirsty lambs.

The last day!

Only 3 miles to go. This walk was delightful, keeping in view our hotel in the plain below, for most of the way, with a backdrop of the coast & the huge wind farm beyond.

Prestatyn is a buzzy place with lots of eateries & very pleasant to walk through.

 

And it has not rained once!

 

With increasing excitement we finally reached the end of the Offas Dyke trail!  Where we congratulated ourselves celebrating with chocolates & prosecco!

 

All this was the culmination of months & months of detailed planning, enabling us to walk a section for the last 7years. It has given South Devon Ramblers many days/ holidays of superb walking, great experiences, lots of camaraderie, & above all,fun.

We cannot thank Bernard, our chairman enough for all his meticulous planning, along with expert help & support from Chris.

 

Thank you, Bernard from us all.

 

Paddy J.

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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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