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This departure: Grade 6
Independent travel to the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel bar for a briefing before dinner.
Chirk to Porth-y-Waen.
This walk takes us through varied countryside with woods, farmland and open heath plus an introduction to the type of terrain that led Offa’s Dyke to be called ‘not the longest, not the highest, but the best’ long distance path. About 11.5 miles and 621 metres of ascent/descent.
Porth-y-Waen to Buttington.
We start at Llanymynech Hill where copper ores were mined over 2000 years ago. Subsequently its limestone was quarried for agricultural and industrial uses with production boosted hugely in the 19th century when the canal and railway were built. The site is now a nature reserve with a variety of butterflies, plants and birdlife. About 12.8 miles and 181 metres of ascent.
Buttington to Brompton Crossroads.
Today’s walk is packed with variety as it tracks through border country. We ascend Beacon Ring gradually over 4 miles. About 11.7 miles and 575 metres of ascent.
Brompton via Churchtown to Newcastle.
We begin by passing through lush rolling countryside and the route becomes hilly as we traverse a series of river valleys flowing across our path. About 9.2 miles and 696 metres of ascent.
Newcastle to Knighton.
Leaving the small village of Newcastle, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills. Although a hilly walk, there are excellent views to finish overlooking Knighton. About 10 miles and 548 metres of ascent/descent.
Knighton to Kington.
Leaving an area overlooking the small town of Knighton, this walk is made up of fairly gentle hills, finishing in Kington. Offa’s Dyke is your constant companion today. Although hilly the final stretch of the walk is relatively straightforward with excellent views. You will see some of the best examples of the whole route of the dyke in today’s section. About 10.8 miles and 751 metres of ascent/descent.
Departure after breakfast. Check out is by 11am.