The penultimate leg of our Welsh Volunteers Offa’s Dyke challenge took place last weekend!
The team have already covered 158 miles of the trail, and have one last celebratory weekend planned at the end of September to complete the route! Despite their amazing efforts, they are still quite short of their target. PLEASE consider giving them an extra boost by sponsoring them – your kind donation would come at a time we need it the most and could be absolutely crucial in saving the life of a hound in need.
Here’s the challenge mascot Dewi’s report of the weekend’s efforts if you need any persuasion that they are a simply awesome team!
Friday 11 August – Buttington to Llantynech
Long drive up to start near Welshpool, walking along the Montgomery canal and then by the Severn. Gentle day although we still managed to cover 20km.
Saturday 12 August – Llanymeynech to Castle Mill, Chirk
This was a stiffer day with more ups and downs – and some greyer skies but far-reaching views along Llanymynech rocks and the old lime kilns and later high up at Moelydd and Selattyn hills. Lovely sculpture of the dyke walk at Trefonen and finishing near Chirk at the lovely little valley and river Ceirog at Castle Mill. Also met some lovely people like Mima and her family who is also walking to trail for charity Mind, go Mima!
Sunday 13 August – Chirk to Llandegla
Started in pouring rain, but luckily this cleared later. Stiff climb up past Chirk Castle to Thomas Telford’s famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct which we all walked across (scary!). On to the Panorama Walk above Llangollen. Pretty tired by World’s End but cooled off at the ford, before climbing up and across heather grouse moor, and down to Llandegla forest, before toasted marshmallows at our campsite.
A full review of their trek so far can be found here.