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#70309 - 01/05/12 09:39 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: Slogger]
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That's really interesting Slogger as I was disapointed to think I could not follow the true route.

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#405721 - 14/08/13 09:05 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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I asked this question prior to doing the Coast to Coast and you all gave me the confidence to do it so here goes again:

I'm thinking of doing The Offas Dyke Path in one go and have had my mind put at rest regarding crossing the Aqueduct. Can anyone tell me if there are any other big drops cliffs to be negotiated on the walk? I'm fine on high grassy hills /mountains, it's just when there is a sharp drop to walk alongside I have problems?

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#405722 - 15/08/13 09:48 AM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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I walked Offa's Dyke between 7th - 17th June, the only things that may prove difficult but there are ways around them are:-

The Pont-Cysyllte Aqueduct which I know I would not be able to get my wife to walk across. There is just enough room for two people to pass but they would have to be careful not to fall into the canal, on the other side there are railings but if you aren't good on heights then there is a path that will miss this bit out by walking down and over the canal. I am sure that this is well signed.

The only other thing that I can think may cause an issue, although there isn't a cliff edge, is walking across the scree below Eglwyseg Craggs which are after the Panorama Walk that overlooks Llangollen and the River Dee. The scree is quite steep but the path is reasonably flat, if you managed to fall over then you would slide a fair way but with just a little care there should be no problem. This bit can however be missed out by, I think, road walking to pick up the path again at World’s End.

There is a walk with Prestatyn more than 700 feet below at times at the end (or the beginning) but it is well fenced and I don't think that this would cause a problem.
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#405723 - 15/08/13 06:34 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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Like Harland I can't think of any big issues regarding big drops, other than the aqueduct. Cliff top path at Prestatyn , but very overgrown on it's sides from what I can remember and well fenced. That's about it, enjoy.
Dave.

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#405724 - 15/08/13 07:56 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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Many thanks to you both. We had talked about the aqueduct in the past and as I have tried to cross it before so I will go the alternative route. Pretty sure I will go for the walk now you have both put my mind at rest. 3 years sice I did The C to C so well keen! Any ideas on the best guide book?

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#405725 - 15/08/13 08:49 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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I used the two National Trail Guides that were available from my local library as I was going South to North. But if you going North to South the the Trailblazer guide may be better.
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#405726 - 16/08/13 10:44 AM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: Harland]
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few highish views of the Wye valley and related quarries on the first day but they are well fenced; just don't look. I agree with Harland that the Crags are the only other issue apart from the Aqueduct. They are not towering drops however it is just that they are open scree so you can see the slope clearly.
Don't be put off; I did it the first ten days in June and it is a great walk.

John

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#405840 - 29/08/13 04:40 AM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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Thanks for the advice here on my planning, just a few other questions. Can anyone recommend any accomodation at Llandegla and Bodfari? The Sherpa site seems limited with options. Also ths site shows Clwyd Gate to Prestatyn as 20 miles. How tough a day would you people that have done it think that would be in a day ( I note there is a lot of up and down). I wonder if it would actually be more like 25 miles and pretty tough?

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#405841 - 29/08/13 10:16 AM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: scaredovheights]
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I stayed at the following

Julie Tudor, Bryn Dwr, Llandegla LL11 3AW GR:SJ195523 01978 790612
She has 2 Eco pods in the back garden beside a stream. The pods are a bit basic, 2 single beds, electric radiator, a small bedside lamp. The toilet, shower, are in the house which you can access at any time with a code. Nice pub back up the road (The Crown) if you are walking S>N and turn right at the junction. Very accommodating, left all the breakfast stuff out in the morning so I could have a really early start.

Karen Edwards, Pant Glas, Sodom, Bodfari, Nr. Denbigh LL16 4EH GR:SJ097718 01745 710622
I stayed in their static caravan, wonderful 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, TV, electric radiator, shower etc. She gave me a pot of tea, massive piece of cake (must have been home made as you couldn't buy one that thick from a shop) which I had watching the alpacas in the next field. As the pub in Bodfari was a way back along the path she offered me an all day breakfast for my evening meal together with strawberries, raspberries and ice cream! Also provided me with lots of cereals etc for breakfast as once again I was leaving early.

Both of the above are recommended.

Clwyd Gate to Prestatyn is showing as 26 miles on this web site:-
http://www.redcross.org.uk/Get-involved/...-Dyke-Challenge

Llandegla to Prestayn, which I did over 2 days so that I could finish at lunchtime on my last day so that I could get home, took me about 13.5 hours. I guess that there was c. 6,500 feet of ascent. However I don't recall that there was much that was very steep as there had been earlier on the path. Anything else please let me know.
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#405850 - 29/08/13 10:20 PM Re: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct [Re: Harland]
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In June I stayed at Gweryd Lakes; a fishing and outdoor centre with accommodation. It is around 3 miles north of Llandegla. I found accommodation and facilities in Llandegla to be very sparse. Although it is 19 miles from Castle Mill; it is a pleasant and varied walk and so does not seem so far. Also it knocks an hour off the next day over the Clwydian range; which; although not high can be tedious on a hot day.
I stayed at Valeside in Bodfari itself. The hosts are very pleasant and the room very comfortable.
Both have a website.

regards

John

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