Offas Dyke Path 6 – Chepstow To Prestatyn
Offas Dyke Path 6 continues the May 2007 journey on this National Trail and long distance footpath.
Day 9 – Llanymynech To Selattyn (11 Miles)
Offas Dyke Path 6 started from our accommodation at the Bradford Arms in Llanymynech. A short walk through the village soon had us climbing up to the viewpoint on Llanymynech Hill, where great views were seen to the West. The hill is the home of the local golf club. The path continues on the high ground until dropping down after ½ mile to pass Porth-y-waen and the former mining area of Nantmawr.
Soon another viewpoint was reached at Moelydd. At 285 metres/934 ft this was probably one of the most extensive viewpoints on the whole of the Offa’s Dyke path. Next the village of Trefonen was skirted. A steep climb followed up to Candy Woods, along the ridge to Racecourse Wood and then over the remains of the disused Oswestry Racecourse.
After another couple of miles a diversion to our accommodation at Selattyn was needed. We spent the evening in the local pub next to a roaring fire.
Day 10 Selattyn To Llangollen (11 miles)
The day started with rain and grey sky’s and the trudge uphill through wet fields to regain the Offa’s Dyke path was a case of 2 steps forward and one step back. Soon we were on reasonably level ground and had a view ahead to Chirk Castle. We crossed the River Ceiriog, skirted Gwyningar Woods and Mars Wood and headed north east to reach the Llangollen Canal.
We then followed the towpath in a general Westerly direction where a stop at a canalside pub was in order. After suitable refreshments we followed the path on the impressive 40 metre/120 ft Pontcysyllte aqueduct, over the Dee Valley. The structure was built by Thomas Telford in 1805. At 307 metres/1,007 ft it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a world heritage site.
Soon Llangollen was reached and a well earned drink by the River Dee.