Offa’s Dyke Path 5 – Chepstow To Prestatyn
Offa’s Dyke Path 5 continues the May 2007 journey on this National Trail and long distance footpath.
Day 8 – Welshpool To Llanymynech (12 Miles)
April 2008 saw us start the final leg of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail and long distance footpath. In 2007 we had covered 107¼ miles of the trail and would now take another 7 days to finish the walk.
Offa’s Dyke Path 5 started from the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool. We walked along the Montgomery Canal for 3 miles, when a member of our party desperately needed the toilet. Seeing a pub just off the towpath, he said he would see if they were open. As it happened the pub had been closed for 2 years and had just been renovated. Today was the grand opening of the Powis Arms at Pool Quay.
He waved to us that it was indeed open so we took full advantage of the opportunity. After a few beers in the garden we were ready for the off when the landlady said ” you must stay, the opening ceremony will be starting soon, we are unveiling the new sign and are having a hog roast which will be ready in 45 minutes.” Not wishing to cause offence we ordered more beer and waited patiently for the food.
Another 1½ hours passed and finally we indulged in the feast. Almost as we finished eating, the landlady came out and shouted “all drinks are now ½ price.” Well, as one of the more abstentious members of our party stated “it was now game, set and match.” Finally after having been waylaid for 4 hours we continued on our journey with 9 miles still to walk.
The trail continued for a few miles by the River Severn until we left it at Derwas Bridge. This stretch had seen us meet a party of youngsters tackling the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award scheme. They seemed lost and after chatting to them we directed them to the other side of the river, which was where they should have been. The path then went over fields to the village of Four Crosses where we again joined the canal. This eventually took us to Llanymynech and our accommodation at the Bradford Arms.