Offas Dyke Path 8 – Chepstow To Prestatyn
Offas Dyke Path 8 continues the May 2007 journey on this National Trail and long distance footpath.
Day 13 – Bwlch Penbarra To Rhuallt (11 Miles)
Offas Dyke Path 8 started with a short walk from the Druid Inn to regain the official path. There was a good view west from Bwlch Penbarra. The next 1¾ miles was a climb to Moel Famau and the ruins of the Jubilee Tower. This is the highest point on the Clwydian range at 1,818 ft/554 metres. The tower was erected in 1810 to mark the jubilee of George 111, but unfortunately the tower was never completed.
Going steeply downhill from the tower, we then had a climb up to the viewpoint at Moel Dywyll. From here a succession of short climbs and descents took us past the hill forts of Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau. The ridge path descended to Bodfari and a welcome drink in the Downing Arms. After suitable refreshments we faced a very steep climb up a minor road, known locally as ‘heart attack hill’. It was well named too, it must have been a gradient of 1 in 2. Further walking saw us reach our destination at Rhuallt and a visit to the Smithy Arms, which is now closed and is a private house.
Our accommodation in Rhuallt, Tan-yr-Onnen, a 5 star bed and breakfast, was by far the best we have ever stayed in on our travels. An excellent Chinese meal in Ruthin rounded off the day.
Day 14 Rhuallt To Prestatyn (7 miles)
The final day on Offas Dyke Path 8 and also our 177 mile Offas Dyke Path trail was an easy 7 mile walk to the coast. The enduring memory of this walk was the lovely banks of gorse bushes on the northern Clwydian hills and the views to the sea. All too soon it was a descent into Prestatyn and the end of the walk by the Offas Dyke signpost. The signpost states that the total distance is 182 miles, although the official distance is given as 177 miles.
Conclusion: The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail is an excellent walk through lovely countryside. Although there is some climbing involved it is mainly easy paths in a beautiful part of the UK. Highly recommended.