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DISCOED to KNIGHTON on Offa's Dyke - (6.5 miles)

15/4/2015

Onwards and upwards up Offas Dyke for another 6 miles today - I had to be in Ludlow for an auction at around 9.00 - 9.30am so an early start was called for. It was a 4.00am rise and on the walk for 5.30am. The route today was of lovely rolling hills with green fields. It had been dry for at least a week so underfoot was quite firm and my boots were still dry at the end of the walk. I was on the move 45 minutes before sun-up so the dawn chorus was in full swing. it was one of those perfect days, the lambs gamboled in the fields, there was a crescent moon smiling down on the mountain tops and the sun when it came up rose majestically in a cloudless sky. There was a massive mist patch on the horizon that lay heavily on the mountains in the distance and that's where it stayed. Happy days.

Time was of the essence so only the peeking of the 6.18 sunrise was witnessed on Furrow Hill near the delightfully named Dolley Green before I moved on, I'd given myself a 7.45 cut off point at the village of Rhos-y-Meirch to turn back early otherwise I would plough on to Knighton. 
  

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End of the last walk and start of this one. The ascent to Furrow Hill Rolling Hills Rolling Hills The dyke

   There were a couple of questions on route that needed answering like .......

 

WHY DOES THE TREE BEND ?

I think the prevailing wind blows from right to left which has angled the trunk to the left permanently and the leaves are reaching to the sun so it's dragging the tree back towards the left. But I may be wrong. 

If you think I'm wrong please send your answers on a postcard to.

BENDY TREE COMPETITION
FURROW HILL
Nr DOLLEY GREEN
POWYS
LL11 1BT

All correct answers will be put into a sack and the winning entry will be drawn by Santa Claus at midnight on Christmas Eve. The winning entry will receive several pats on the back from Santa's little helpers.

and........ What's that thing sticking up over there ?.......

That my friends in the Sir Richard Green Price Monument. 

Sir Richard Green Price was a member of parliament, landower and businessman. He is probably best know for bring the railway to the old county of Radnorshire.  

He was born Richard Green at Madley in Herefordshire and trained as a solicitor before moving to work in Knighton. He saw the poor conditions the working people were living in and vowed to help improve them.
He earned the respect of local men of influence and was made Chairman of the Board of Health, which tried to combat disease and infection. He was also County Treasurer for Radnorshire.

He lived with his family at The Cottage in Knighton but his wife died after 5 years of marriage and he re-married in 1844. In all he was father to 15 children, 3 of whom died in childhood. 
In 1861 he inherited Norton Manor from his uncle Richard Price and in his honour he changed his name to Richard Green Price. 
He realised the importance of the new railways and invested his money in them, working hard to bring them to Radnorshire. He bought Rock House on the edge of Llandrindod Common, and was involved in developing the new town there.
He worked tirelessly and built up an estate of 9000 acres which earned him 7000 a year in rents from his tenants. This made him a rich man in Victorian times. He became an MP in 1863, and after years of service in Parliament was made a baronet by the Prime Minister.
He was made a Justice of the Peace and was the Sheriff for Radnorshire in 1876

He organised the restoration of Norton Church, and built a new school at Norton and comfortable new cottages for his estate workers. He was very active in the area and fought an election at the age of 83. He died a year later in 1887.

 

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I made it to Knighton just before 7.45am and proceeded to make my way back to the car via the road. The thumb was working well with a lot of people on their way to work, most with their noses in the air except for Jim. And it's a big thank you to Jim the Argentinian Tango Dancer from Knighton in his orange VW van for the lift almost back to the car. It took less than half an hour in total and I made it to Ludlow at around 9.15am. Nice one Jim.

THINGS I MISSED ON ROUTE

Battle of Bryn Glas Hill - When you get to the bendy tree, looking left at about 11 o clock one of the hills in the distance is Bryn Glas Hill where on 22nd June 1402 a battle took place between Owain Glyndwr's Welsh Rebel Army and a detachment of King Henry IV's troops led by the Earl of march, Sir Edmund Mortimer. The battle which is mentioned in Shakespeare's Henry VI part 1 is also known as the battle of Pilleth, it is regarded as a great victory for the Welsh rebels who were outnumbered by Mortimer's troops. - For more info and Wikipedia's take on the battle please CLICK HERE

  

St Michael's Church at Discoed and it's ancient yew tree which is thought to be 5000 years old.

LINKS

OFFAS DYKE ASSOCIATION CENTRE, KNIGHTON - CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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