As Dorothy was booked on a yoga day we were unable to take part in the walk on Saturday. Little did we think at the time that seven years later we would be walking from Knighton to Kington in order to complete Offa’s Dyke.
The remainder of the party met up on Friday and stayed at the Radnorshire Arms in Presteign, the 16th century home of John Bradshaw, the first signatory to the death warrant of Charles 1st.
Kington to Newchurch: 8.3 miles (13.3km) +439m -437m (28 September 2008)
Sunday dawned another bright day as the group travelled to Kington to complete the eight miles to Newchurch.
This day’s walking again started with a long steady climb out of the town past Hergest Croft Gardens on to Hergest Ridge, an open common with sheep and wild ponies. The going was exhilarating on springy turf with views to the Shropshire Hills and the Black Mountains before dropping down into Gladestry and a welcome stop at the Royal Oak! There then followed a long steady climb through farmland to Disgwylfa Hill and the final drop down to the village of Newchurch.
The weekend was completed with afternoon tea at the hotel before making the journey home.
Total for the weekend: 8.3 miles
Total around Wales: 79.9 miles