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#3186 - 12/09/06 02:51 PM Next LDP aspiration
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Registered: 07/09/05
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Having recently completed the Pennine Way, I am now looking to the ODP for my next LDP. I am a "Marilyn bagger", so this influences my choice of LDPs. The ODP, like the PW, goes across the summit of several Marilyns.

We like "comfortable" days, averaging something like 13/14 miles. What are the recommended stopping off points? We like youth hostels, but we don't like long off-path diversions to get to them - so Capel-y-fin doesn't look viable! Are there any places where finding accommodation is difficult? What, if any baggage forwarding services operate along the ODP?

Thanks, Tom

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#3187 - 12/09/06 06:10 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 128
Tom,

I might be wrong but I get the impression that OD is not that great a LDP. Why not give the C2C a go. You'll love it.

Andy

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#3188 - 12/09/06 06:41 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Registered: 18/01/05
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Loc: Cotati, CA, USA
Hi Tom
I'm thinking of walking Glyndwr's Way next year, but starting on Offa's Dyke with my first overnight at Llanthony. The Priory has rooms and a pub, fantastic place, I would highly recommend it or the B&B across the road. From there, its an easy walk to Hay-on-Wye. I have the same agenda as you, nothing over 15 miles and preferably less.
Good luck in your planning.

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#3189 - 13/09/06 06:37 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
Kate's Dad Offline
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Registered: 23/06/05
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Loc: Derbyshire
Tom, Other than walking one leg of the ODP - Horseshoe Pass to Llanarmon yn ial, which was superb - it is not a path I know much about. However, the Ramblers handbook - Walk Britain - lists Sherpa as the only baggage carriers and one web site which may be of use, www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk
They also offer a telephone number for the Offas Dyke Association - 01547 528753.
Good Luck!
Kevin

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#3190 - 13/09/06 10:09 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Thanks all. According to this very site, Sherpa do not currently offer baggage transfer on the ODP. On the website you mention, which I have been studying for the past few days in conjunction with the official trail website, there are several baggage forwarders, but seemingly just one that does the whole route and not as part of a full holiday package.

It looks as though the only sensible way to break up the walk is into the 12 sections as per the official trail guide. This means that the first three days are all 17 or 18 miles - a bit more than what I would want to kick off with - but hey, I've just done the Pennine Way, so nowt to worry about!

Over the next few weeks I will gently check with the missus that she meant it when she said she would be happy for us to do another LDP!

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#3191 - 14/09/06 06:29 AM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Loc: Stafford
tom, to be honest she would probably be glad to see the back of you for a week or two.

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#3192 - 14/09/06 09:21 AM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Spot on LL. She made no secret of the fact that she thoroughly enjoyed the 3 weeks my son and I were away on the PW...

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#3193 - 19/09/06 01:00 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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It looks like the ODP generally keeps a lot closer to civilisation that the PW, and goes through plenty of towns and villages. Have previous full distance walkers taken packed lunches out with them, or eaten out en route?

Of course, will still be carrying water, and bits and bobs like fruit, energy bars etc, so might as well add some butties and go the packed lunch route again!

Can't believe I'll have to wait TWO YEARS to do the next LDP [img]http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/ubb/frown.gif[/img]

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#3194 - 22/09/06 12:57 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Have previous full distance walkers taken packed lunches out with them, or eaten out en route?
tomread, most of the days, we walked through some sort of town or village in which we could find something suitable to eat. That is, if we were, in fact, hungry -- many times, our full breakfast carried us through the majority of the day, and we carried a small amount of nuts, fruit, and/or nutrition bars to supplement our food intake. On longer days, we were usually able to find a cafe to eat something a bit more substantial.

However, there were a few stretches of the path (e.g., along Hatterall Hill, or in the midst of the Clwydian range) where we took our lunch with us -- either a packed lunch from the previous night's B&B, or a sandwich and crisps/fruit/etc. purchased at a village shop before entering the more-remote stretches of the path.

One thing about packed lunches offered by B&Bs -- Some are quite good; others aren't so good (either in quality and/or value-for-money). As our walk progressed, we increasingly tended to buy our own snack- or lunch-supplies in a village shop, rather than pay for a packed lunch at a B&B. If you do opt for a packed lunch, you might like to ask about the planned contents before you order it.

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#3195 - 19/02/07 03:06 PM Re: Next LDP aspiration
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Now I've finished planning for the Gritstone Trail 2007, time to resume planning for the ODP 2008. Or maybe I should actually DO the GT trail first...

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