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by: Keith Carter
Thank you to those who wrote in with the following updates including: David Smith, Stephen Funnell, Mike Fox
The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.
Updates relating to the 4th Edition
p102, Map 12, Clwyd Gate. The restaurant is now open.
p117, Map 18, Dinan Brant. The descent from here to Llangollen via the footpaths takes between 30 and 40 minutes. This may be a useful guide as an alternative to the lane.
p118, Map 19, Llangollen Canal. There is a note on the map about confusing signs at this point so check carefully.
p172, Map 53A, Kington. The Little Cafe on the Square. Recommended by walkers.
p193, Map 65, Hatterall Ridge. A reader reports the descent off the Ridge to Capel-y-Ffin steep and to be virtually turned into a sheep track at times. The path has been "legally diverted" (according to the sign) and goes right when meeting the track to Vision Farm. it is signposted to Capel-y-Ffin along tracks (muddy in parts) and across fields to bring one out by St Mary's Chapel. This avoids road walking.
p195, Map 66.The reader above recommends the path from Llanthony signposted "Hatterrall Ridge North" which brought him to the place by the cairn and the stone marker. He found this a clearer path and an easier climb.
p204, Map 72, Hogs Head. The path no longer goes up the Drive to Hogs Head but enters the adjacent field from the road.
p213 Monmouth. The Bistro Prego in Church Street is now called No 7 Church Street.
p220 Bigsweir. The Florence Country Hotel is no longer functioning as a hotel.
p229 Map 86A, Chepstow. There's an M&S Food store by the bus station.
p 86 Prestatyn. There is a new restaurant the Cookhouse Pub & Carvery, right by the station on the town side. The food is good, in hearty portions, judging by my half a roast chicken, chips & coleslaw, and reasonably priced - £7.95. Only £6.95 for the carvery. Ales on draught, amongst other drinks. Friendly staff.
p106 Llandegla. The general store has closed, and been ‘replaced’ by a community store which opened less than a month ago, opposite the church. Both now provide refreshments, in competition!
p126 Trefonen. The Barley Mow/Offa’s Dyke Brewery is not serving food at present, only drinks. Lynstead Lodge shipped three of us out to The Station Restaurant in Bodlonfa; very good, too.
p130 Llanymynech. The Village Pantry has closed; I was able to get a good cup of coffee from a machine (£1.50) and a piece of homemade cake (£1) from Ashfield Stores, as I arrived before the pubs open.
p145 Kingswood/Forden. Check for their opening hours, food offering etc.
p161 Map 47 Panpunton Hill. The cairn beside the seat on Panpunton Hill appears to have been destroyed.
p162 Knighton, Tower House Gallery is also closed on Tuesday at the moment…
The George & Dragon does currently serve food on a Monday evening and not just to residents.
p216 Redbrook. The Bell is a pub in Redbrook which offers ales, food and B&B so would be very useful to Offa's Dyke walkers.Tel: 01600 713612.
p166 Presteigne. Lower Dolley Farm B & B is 50 yards from the path. Address: Lower Dolley Farm, Dolley Green, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2EE. Tel: 01547 560430