Sunday 8 November 2015

Offa's Dyke Path Day 5 - Stone Circle to Clyro Brook 30 Oct 2015

Offa's Dyke Path, with Bourne Coffee Company - Day 5
Stone Circle to Clyro Brook
Distance 10km Climb 60m
Friday 30 October 2015

Today would be our last day walking we had decided to walk to the end of David's map which was a couple of km just passed Hay-on-Wye. We had a relaxed start to the day. From the campsite at the Baskerville Hall Hotel it did not take us long to reach our start.  It was cold and windy when we started.

We left Susan and started our walk down the road, it was very cold but at least the wind was behind us pushing us on.

After a km down the road the Offa's Dyke Path moves north across open country to the edge of Tack Wood.

The Path moves passed a farm onto a narrow track, still following the line of Tack Wood.

At the top of the wood it moves very steeply across country and twists and turns down hill, heading north.

We reached a lane and the guide says turn left and cross a stone stile. However we found a wooden stile straight across the lane and a path down between the fields.

At the bottom of the fields we were on the edge of Cusop.

Through another couple of fields and we could see Hay-on-Wye, the weather had warmed up a lot now as we moved lower down hill. The wind had also eased and we had to take our coats off again.

As we crossed the bottom field we could see Susan waiting for us at the carpark we had to cross as we entered the town. With the time we had we had a look around the town on our way through.

Walking through the town we passed the castle.

Looked in a few shops.

Passed the town clock.

From the clock we turned right and took the road to Clyro over the bridge. Where we left Susan.

Over the bridge we turned right by the river and about 1.5 km we followed the path north west from the river.

Our route now takes us along a country lane, where we could hear shoots being fired, hopefully not at us.

Along here the local farmers had tied yellow lids on the gates to show the route. There were only a couple of fields left to cross.

After passing a large farm complex the Path crosses one last field before a taking a small bridge over Cylro Brook and climbs a little under some trees up to the road. This was just off David's map and the first road we reached where Susan could get to pick us up.

This was it for now, we had covered 10 km with approx 60m climb.

Over the five days we had covered 86 km. The idea behind this years walk had not been the distance we would cover but to enjoy the walk. We will come back to do the rest another time, for now we would go back to Baskerville Hall Hotel campsite and relax.

Walking at this time of year we knew we would have restrictions due to the nights cutting in but as I say the distance does not matter. The guide and information on the internet show that The Offa's Dyke Path is a wonderful pleasant and beautiful walk and so it is. So I hope Anne and David enjoyed the walk, I know I did. As always we could not do this without Susan, thank you Susan.

More to follow.

Boz North
Details correct at time of walking.
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