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KINGTON to NEWCASTLE on the Offa's Dyke Path - 18th May 2015

 

I was on my way up to North Wales so a leg of my WAW was a definite must do. And the next one up is..... Knighton to Newcastle. I hadn't been to the Offa's Dyke centre in Knighton yet so I had to time it to catch the centre open. In the end the weather dictated things with heavy rain first thing brightening up in the late morning. So I arrived at the centre at 11.00 am and headed out onto the walk. This first job was to head back to my end point on the last walk which was the Knighton Hotel, then retrace back to the centre, but firstly there was a question I had to ask myself namely was what is that thing on top of of that minibus? There were a range of 'Wacky Races' type vehicles in an old school yard right next to the Offa's Dyke Centre, and it's worth noting the doors in the background as well. 

 

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End of the last walk and start of this one. What is that on top ? Sharkmobile & doors Not the forklift, what's behind it

 

............and it's off into wilds of Powys and Shropshire. I give the two counties because the border is quite close to the centre and there is a photo opportunity near by to stand with one foot in England and another in Wales. Dai no mates had no friends near so the opportunity was lost. 

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It's a good climb out of Knighton and once on top it was a case of rolling hills again until Newcastle. Of all my walks so far on Offa's legacy this leg has shown the dyke in it's best light and there are long stretches where you can actually walk on the dyke itself. 

 

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Brynorgan & route The bluebells on the dyke didn't come out as well as expected The dyke after Garbett Hall  Jack Mytton way joins the dyke for a short way.  The dyke near Llanfair Hill

 

Time, the weather and bunny rabbits are doing their best to erode it so repair work is ongoing in the section near Llanfair Hill.

There were a few showers along the way and I'd given myself a cut off time of 2.00pm at Newcastle to possibly push on and do the next leg as well. It was 2.10 when I hit the road near Newcastle and I was in two minds whether or not to ignore my cut off time crack on with the next leg towards Montgomery. The weather made the decision for me as it started to rain hard and I didn't fancy a drenching so I lunched on a packet of shortbread and unleashed the thumb came out for the return journey which was made in two lifts. Thanks to the guys who picked me up, sorry I forgot your names. The chap who works in Mueller Yoghurts and the Cello players (musician) from London whose parents live in Clun. The latter had actually walked and camped the dyke from Chepstow to Newcastle in a five day stretch. Thanks again. 

The Offas Dyke path approaching the village of Newcastle (Shropshire).       

  

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LINKS

OFFAS DYKE ASSOCIATION CENTRE, KNIGHTON - CLICK HERE

CROWN HOTEL, NEWCASTLE - Eat, sleep & drink just off the Offa's Dyke path. - CLICK HERE

 

 

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