The second leg along Offa’s Dyke was arranged for the weekend of 15/16 September. Twenty three were booked into the Dragon Hotel, Montgomery with one other in a nearby B&B. The good news is that I now have walking poles and will be able to walk every day.
Porth-y-Waen to Buttington: 13.1 miles (21.1km) +284m -358m (15 September 2007)
The bus picked us up from the hotel and drove the 20 miles to where we had finished in May. With the exception of the first 2 miles that took us up and down Llanmynach Hill, the day was relatively flat, following the line of Offa’s Dyke towards the River Severn and then sharing the footpath with the Severn Way to Buttington.
About an hour before we were due to arrive in Buttington, the driver of the bus was telephoned and told not to pick up the thirsty walkers until they had chance to wet dry throats at the local pub. Hopes were dashed when, on arrival, we found that the Green Dragon had already closed for the afternoon!
Buttington to Montgomery: 9.3 miles (15.0km) +518m -474m (16 September 2007)
This day’s walking followed very closely the line of the dyke up to Beacon Ring, an Iron Age hill fort, down to Kingswood and on to Montgomery. Offa’s Dyke is about a mile east of Montgomery so when we came to the end of the official walk there was an uphill walk back to the town.
Total for the weekend: 22.4 miles
Total around Wales: 53.9 miles