Offa’s Dyke Path 2 – Chepstow To Prestatyn
Offa’s Dyke Path 2 continues the May 2007 journey on this National Trail and long distance footpath.
Day 2 – Monmouth To Pandy (17 miles)
We started the Offa’s Dyke Path 2 by going through the 13th century gatehouse on the Monnow Bridge in Monmouth. The route to Pandy was mainly in the valley of the River Trothy, a tributary of the River Wye. It was excellent walking through farmland with some glorious fields of rapeseed.
We passed the site of the 13th century Cistercian Grace Dieu Abbey but unfortunately not a stone remains of the structure. Next on the list of interesting buildings we saw was Upper White Castle. This impressive structure was built in the 12th century to defend the route from Monmouth into Wales. All the high walls and towers are intact and the water filled moat still surrounds it. There is no longer any roof to be seen. Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, made a number of visits during his time of captivity at the nearby Maindiff Court.
We were staying at Llangattock, just outside Pandy. Upon arrival we dumped our bags and headed for the local pub The Hunter’s Moon Inn. Unfortunately the pub was closed so we returned to our accommodation. Our hostess for the night informed us that if we knocked on the pub door, the landlord may open up for us.
We located the landlord sunbathing in the rear garden and stated we would make it worth his while if he opened the pub. This he did and I am sure he was happy with the result. We had a lovely meal there later in the evening. One of the party unfortunately missed the meal due to a long encounter with ‘Old Rosie’ cider at 7.3% ABV.
This had been a fine day’s walking in glorious weather on the Off’s Dyke Path 2. The recuperation and meal in the Hunter’s Moon was a great way to finish a perfect day.