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#3226 - 06/11/07 02:59 AM A little taste of the path
Gregg Offline
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Registered: 18/01/05
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Loc: Cotati, CA, USA
On my way to start Glyndwr's Way six weeks ago, I spent 3 1/2 days on Offa's Dyke path. It was a very nice experience, didn't even mind all the stiles. Here is my reworked journal with a few photos.

http://greggxn.blogspot.com

Take care everyone, Gregg

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#3227 - 06/11/07 09:52 AM Re: A little taste of the path
Harland Offline
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Registered: 29/04/05
Posts: 1283
Loc: North Yorkshire
Thanks for that journal. I am currently trying to decide which LDP/LDPs to walk next year. I am thinking about Offa's Dyke but the number of stiles is giving me concern. Some photos I have seen of the walk are lovely open countryside others are lots of fields with presumably lots of stiles between them.

Anyway thanks for your report, very informative and giving me more reasons to walk it next year.
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#3228 - 06/11/07 03:50 PM Re: A little taste of the path
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
Quote:
Originally posted by Gregg:
On my way to start Glyndwr's Way six weeks ago, I spent 3 1/2 days on Offa's Dyke path. It was a very nice experience, didn't even mind all the stiles. Here is my reworked journal with a few photos.

http://greggxn.blogspot.com
Take care everyone, Gregg


You can't have wasted much time doing it in three and a half days. It took me six days, Prestatyn down to Chepstow.


[This message has been edited by Lounge Lizard (edited 06 November 2007).]

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#3229 - 06/11/07 07:15 PM Re: A little taste of the path
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Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Cumbria, UK
I think Gregg quite clearly states that he spent three and a half days on the path - he made no mention of completing it in that time!

For me, the all too brief time spent high up on open moorland and hilly tracks did not make up for the seemingly endless series of fields and stiles that one must endure in between.

The best bits of Offa's Dyke in my opinion could be covered in a short series of three or four day walks - avoiding the twin hells of Prestatyn and Chepstow.

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#3230 - 07/11/07 02:17 AM Re: A little taste of the path
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Registered: 18/01/05
Posts: 369
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Harland, if you meditate while walking across the fields, after the 2000th stile, you learn to levitate over them.

Seriously, for the section I walked, stiles didn't seem that big a deal. On Glyndwr's Way, gates replaced stiles and gave more aggrevation because of the many types of latches.

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#3231 - 07/11/07 07:30 PM Re: A little taste of the path
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Registered: 13/05/07
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Loc: England
What's wrong with Chepstow? Some of us live here....very happily. But I've never been to Prestatyn

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#3232 - 08/11/07 04:00 PM Re: A little taste of the path
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Originally posted by RosT:
What's wrong with Chepstow? Some of us live here....very happily. But I've never been to Prestatyn


You're very fortunate having never been to Prestatyn. Both Carol Vorderman and John Prescott were born there but both live some considerable distance away it now.

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#3233 - 28/11/07 12:37 PM Re: A little taste of the path
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Registered: 26/04/07
Posts: 152
Loc: Leicester
Like Harland, I too am trying to decide which LDP to do next year. Unlike the C2C there doesn't seem to be much in the way of journals or accommodation reviews on the net for the Offa's Dyke path. One thing I enjoyed about the C2C was the company. I wonder if the lack of journals/reviews etc implies that not so many people do the ODP. Wouldn't fancy walking all that way with just my own company.

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#3234 - 28/11/07 04:41 PM Re: A little taste of the path
Harland Offline
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Registered: 29/04/05
Posts: 1283
Loc: North Yorkshire
SteveInLeicester

If you can get away for 4/5/6 weeks (guess you will need to be retired like me) you could try the South West Coast Path. I walked it in April/May, the weather was great for most of the time. Whilst you won't meet many/any doing the whole 630 miles there are lots of people walking it in stages and others out for a days walking. Most of them will stop and chat or walk with you when they see you with a rucksack on your back. Whilst I haven't walked it the West Highland Way is supposed to be good.
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