To begin our walk on Offa’s Dyke we had a week away in May/June 2007 staying at the now closed Clywd Gate Motel near Ruthin. We were planning to walk on 6 days.
Prestatyn to Tremeirchion: 9.6 miles (15.5 km) +717m -510m (28 May 2007)
It is a tradition when walking Offa’s Dyke that a pebble is taken from the beach at the start, it is carried to the end and thrown into the sea. However, due to an oversight, when we arrived at Prestatyn the tide was in and hardly a pebble was to be seen.
But we all found something suitable, anything from a stone to a shell, and set off through the town towards the distant hills.
Once leaving Prestatyn there was a steep hill which led into the countryside for the first time.
This walk took us around Dyserth, through Rhualt and on to Tremeirchion where the bus was waiting to take the weary walkers back to the hotel.
The following day, and on days 4 and 5, I was unable to walk because of my knees. I have now completed them but it was 8 years later. I will write about these walks when I get to them chronologically. I did have nice views from our hotel room.
Moel Arthur to Clwyd Gate Motel: 6.8 miles (10.9 km) +507m -555m (30 May 2007)
From the car park below Moel Arthur we climbed a steep hill.
We then followed the track to Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower.
After a brief stop in the cold and drizzle we continued over Foel Fenlli and finished the walk at the hotel.
Craignant to to Porth-y-Waen 9.3 miles (14.9 km) +208m -395m (3 June 2007)
Part of this day was actually on the Dyke. The path took us over farmland, through woodland and past the old Oswestry racecourse where there is a two headed horse, one facing towards England and the other Wales.
The day ended with a steep climb up Moelydd and then down to the end of the week’s walking at Porth-y-Waen.