Offa’s Dyke Path 3 – Chepstow To Prestatyn
Offa’s Dyke Path 3 continues the May 2007 journey on this National Trail and long distance footpath.
Day 3 – Pandy To Hay-On-Wye (17½ miles)
After a good breakfast the troops were ready for today’s walk over the Black Mountains on Offa’s Dyke Path 3. Farmland and the rivers were left behind and the steady 1½ mile climb up to Hatterall Ridge began. In the main, the ridge is the boundary between Wales and England, and is also the Eastern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
With the weather being glorious, the ridge walk gave fine views all around. The highest point on this 12 mile ridge walk and on the whole of the Offa’s Dyke Path is 2,306 ft/703 metres. Soon Hay Bluff, the end of the ridge walk, was reached and it was all downhill through fields for the next 4 miles to Hay-On-Wye.
After a 17½ mile walk thirsts were quenched at the Kilverts Hotel. Hay-On-Wye is a town famous for it’s numerous book shops. After a sauna in our hotel we had an excellent meal in the Black Lion pub.
Day 4 – Hay-On-Wye To Kington (14¾ miles)
The route from Hay-On-Wye followed the River Wye for the first 2 miles before turning North West, then generally North, North East and North again to reach Gladestry. A refreshing drink at the Royal Oak was taken and then began the climb up to the Hergest Ridge at 1,300 ft/410 metres, which runs West to East.
Near to the middle of the ridge is the disused Kington racecourse with it’s tracks still clear. The final 2 miles to Kington were all downhill. A long session outside in the sun followed at the Swan Hotel and then a meal at the Burton Hotel, which at best was average.
We had travelled 32¼ miles on Offa’s Dyke Path 3 and 65¼ miles overall on the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. So far the walking and the weather had been amazing and we were hoping it would continue.