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Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow

Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow

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Contents


Contents | Introduction | About the Offa's Dyke Path | Planning your walk | Using this guide | Sample route guide: Bodfari to Clwyd Gate


 

INTRODUCTION

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail 9 – How difficult is the Offa’s Dyke Path? 11 – How long do you need? 13 – When to go 14

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK

Practical information for the walker

Route-finding 17 – GPS 18 – Accommodation 19 – Food and
drink 22 – Money 24 – Walking companies 25 – Taking dogs along the Offa’s Dyke Path 27 – Annual events 27 – Information for foreign visitors 28 – Disabled access 30

Budgeting 30

Itineraries

Facilities along the Offa’s Dyke Path 32 – Which direction? 34 Suggested itineraries 34 – The best day and weekend walks 35

What to take

Keep your luggage light 38 – Carrying your luggage 39 Footwear 39 – Clothes 40 – Toiletries 41 – First-aid kit 41 General items 41 – Sleeping bag 42 – Camping gear 42 Money 43 – Maps 43 – Recommended reading 43 Sources of further information 45

Getting to and from the Offa’s Dyke Path

National transport 46 – Getting to Britain 47 – Local transport 48 Public transport table 48 – Public transport map 50

PART 2: HISTORY, ENVIRONMENT & NATURE

Historical background 53 by Colin Vickerman

Conserving the Anglo-Welsh Border Country

Government agencies and schemes 58 Campaigning and conservation organisations 60

Flora and fauna

Trees 61 – Wild flowers 63 – Butterflies and dragonflies 65 Mammals 65 – Reptiles 68 – Birds 68

PART 3: MINIMUM IMPACT & SAFETY

Minimum impact walking

Economic impact 73 – Environmental impact 74 – Access 76

Health and outdoor safety

Health 79 – Outdoor safety 81

PART 4: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS

Using this guide 82 Map key 84

Prestatyn 85


Prestatyn to Rhuallt 88 (Rhuallt 90)


Rhuallt to Bodfari 90 (Bodfari 94)


Bodfari to Clwyd Gate 94 (Llangynhafal 96, Cilcain 98, Llanferres 98, Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd 101)

Clwyd Gate to Llandegla 101 (Llanarmon-yn-lal 104, Llandegla 106)


Llandegla to Dinas Bran (and Llangollen) 106 (Llangollen 112)

Dinas Bran to Castle Mill 116 (Trevor 116, Froncysyllte 120, Around Irish Bridge 120, Castle Mill & Bron-y-Garth 122, Chirk 122)


Castle Mill to Racecourse Common 122 (Selattyn 122, Around Baker’s Hill 124)


Racecourse Common to Llanymynech 124 (Ty’n-y-coed 126, Trefonen 126, Nant-Mawr 126, Llanymynech 129)

Llanymynech to Buttington (for Welshpool) 130 (Four Crosses 132, Pool Quay 135, Buttington 137, Welshpool 137)

Buttington to Brompton Crossroads 141 (Kingswood 145, Montgomery 145, Brompton Crossroads, Mellington & Church Stoke 148)


Brompton Crossroads to Knighton 150 (Bishop’s Castle 152, Newcastle-on-Clun 154, Clun 157, Knighton 158)

Knighton to Kington 164 (Discoed 166, Presteigne 166, Kington 168)


Kington to Hay-on-Wye 174 (Gladestry 176, Newchurch 176, Hay-on-Wye 179, Clyro 186)


Hay-on-Wye to Pandy 187 (Capel-y-ffin 192, Llanthony 194, Longtown 197, Pandy 199)


Pandy to Llantilio-Crossenny 200 (Llangattock-Lingoed 200)

Llantilio-Crossenny to Monmouth 206 (The Hendre 208, Monmouth 212)


Monmouth to Chepstow 215 (Redbrook 216, St Briavels 216, Bigsweir 220, Brockweir 220, Tintern 220, Chepstow 226)

Chepstow to Sedbury Cliffs 230

APPENDICES

A: Glossary of Welsh words 230 B: GPS waypoints 231

INDEX 235

OVERVIEW MAPS & PROFILES 241

Offa's Dyke Path: Prestatyn to Chepstow

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