Oswestry Area to Walk Parts of Offa's Dyke June and July 2009

Monday 29th June

We planned to spend four days walking sections of Offa's Dyke.  As I had an appointment at the dentists first thing on Monday we decided that we would take a diversion on our way to Oswestry and just aim to walk during the afternoon.  So, we drove first to Bridgenorth and FRS Country Clothing where we both purchased some more rather fine clothes.

In the afternoon we drove to a famous area just outside of Oswestry called The Racecourse.  Here we found the view so commanding that a local man found it necessary to stand on his roof to admire it.

Oh dear someone has stolen the TV aerial but I have a nice view of Snowdon


Drove along the A483 to Llanymynech. Found the starting point I wanted and tried to drive to it. Ended up doing a five point turn in someone’s yard – rather that than reverse down a steep and very bendy track.  Parked at the bottom of the road, put boots on and walked back up to SJ266212 and started. It was very hot but the walk was really enjoyable through a nature reserve on the edge of a quarry, then along an edge beside a golf course. We walked through lots of mixed woodland and were treated to a whole range of wild flowers. Birds: two Peregrines, two Jays and lots of Chiff Chaffs. Followed the path until 1.00 where we stopped at SJ262231 for lunch. Although I thought we might walk on to Moelydd we decided not to because that part of the walk involved crossing the main road and then walking along a lane before a very steep climb to the top. We decided that as it was such a hot day and we didn’t start until 11.30 – we worked out that we would not get back to the car until 3.00. We decided that we could drive to another part of the dyke and try it later. We walked back to our starting point and it became even hotter and then it started to spit with rain. We put our coats on but soon took them off again because it was so hot. Got back to the car at 3.05.

5.30 Left the hotel and drove on the B4579 to Selattyn and on to Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog where we had dinner at The Hand Hotel after having looked at their menu on the web last week. The drive was memorable: stunning scenery. The food was brilliant as the menu on the web suggested and the service was excellent. We had the dining room to ourselves.

The return journey we thought might have been shorter and less dramatic but it was not. It took the same amount of time and was amazing in its views and isolation. A wonderful way to spend an evening.

Along the A5 to Chirk and on to Froncysyllte. Parked near the canal and walked to the famous aquaduct.


11.20 Drove back to Chirk and went to the castle where we had coffee at 11.45. Then walked around the gardens – see photos.
12.45 Started to walk to the Dyke from the castle car park using the permissive footpath. Followed Offa’s Dyke to where it meets the canal. We turned right instead of left and walked a short way under the trees to sit and have lunch at 2.05. It rained whilst we were under the trees.
2.20 Set off back to the Castle simply retracing our steps and arrived at the car at 3.30. On the way back it was incredibly hot as the clouds in the sky had disappeared. We stopped at one point just before the end in the shade of a tree and drank water to cool down and revitalise.

10.10 Set off up the A5 for the Bwlch Penbarras where we parked and then walked along Offa’s Dyke to the top of Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower.

Other photographs of our short stay are here:

Sections of Offa's Dyke