- On May 9, 2018
With our Charity Walk for Shelter Cymru only a month away, we took advantage of the recent beautiful weather to do a bit of a recce of our route.
We started at the Llandegla Community Village Shop and began walking on the Offa’s Dyke Path heading north. The path follows quiet streams and crosses fields, not gaining much altitude at first. This is deceptive, however, as the trail soon climbs into the Clwydian Hills affording panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The route can be generously described as ‘undulating’, and less kindly as ‘very steep’ as it has some long climbs that get the heart rate pushing towards its maximum. At least we weren’t lugging around the amount of kit that we saw carried by groups of teenagers doing their Duke of Edinburgh award.
The Offa’s Dyke Path is well signposted and very easy to follow as a result. It’s also easy walking underfoot with mostly wide, grassy trails and tracks to follow. It feels remote even though it crosses the busy A494, but once you get away from the road then you feel miles away from civilisation (even though you’re not). At points along the walk there were stunning views west toward Ruthin and Denbigh, and east across the Cheshire plain.
We are all looking forward to our Walk for Shelter Cymru, and the 9th of June will be here before we know it. We can only hope the weather is as kind to us on the day as it was for the practice run!