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#57423 - 29/07/10 12:18 PM Mixed views
howie1 Offline
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Registered: 17/08/05
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Loc: england
Me & my wife are thinking of doing the ODP next year. Reading the forum there are a very mixed views about the walk. We have done most of the long distance trails and i would be intrested
in peoples thoughts about the walk. If we chose to do the walk we would go N to S.

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#57431 - 30/07/10 02:41 AM Re: Mixed views [Re: howie1]
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Registered: 18/01/05
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Loc: Cotati, CA, USA
I only walked ODP from Pandy to Knighton but enjoyed it very much. It's really quite different from the northern England paths, a nice change of pace. You can read my little writeup (with photos) at: http://greggxn.blogspot.com/

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#57432 - 30/07/10 06:56 AM Re: Mixed views [Re: Gregg]
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I think some of the mixed views are associated with LWM's view of Prestatyn. I think Mick would suggest a N to S direction as the first thing you do is leave Prestatyn and it is out of sight the moment you turn South.
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#57437 - 30/07/10 10:30 AM Re: Mixed views [Re: MarkF]
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Registered: 15/12/04
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Loc: UK
People have been a bit unfair about Offas Dyke. As long as you know what to expect, it is a splendid and vary varied route. It is not all remote moorland (like the PW), it covers a full spectrum of UK walking. There are excellent upland sections like the Black Mountains and The Clwydian Hills, long, quiet sections of remote sheep country, attractive towns (Hay, Kington), hideous places (Prestatyn, Llanymynech), "seaside" at both ends, a lovely walk up the Wye Valley, history (Tintern Abbey, White Castle, the Dyke itself etc, industrial highlights like the canal aqueduct at Llagollen). Apparently, there are also about 500 stiles, but don't let that put you off - it is part an parcel of UK walking! Do your research, choose nice places to overnight and go for it. You will have a good time (weather permitting.....).

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#57460 - 31/07/10 09:27 PM Re: Mixed views [Re: MarkF]
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Originally Posted By: MarkF
I think some of the mixed views are associated with LWM's view of Prestatyn. I think Mick would suggest a N to S direction as the first thing you do is leave Prestatyn and it is out of sight the moment you turn South.


I may be wrong but I think those comments came from Lounge Lizard and not LWM.
Anyway we did the route several years ago and I will do it again only this time, North to South. All I can say is it is an LDP not to be missed. You will find it different to others in the UK but variety is a positive thing and I doubt you will be disappointed. It is also a must that want to get away from the hoards as experienced on other more popular routes.
Dave.

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