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#70437 - 20/06/12 12:38 PM Offas Dyke - which direction?
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Hi all,

I am planning on walking the Offas Dyke Path in September. I'm going to start planning it all and booking places up but the main question I have is which way should you walk it? I'm thinking of doing it south - north

What do others think?

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#70438 - 20/06/12 12:53 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Sentinel]
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Ive done it South to North and will do it North to South next time.
I remember the last day from Bodfari to Prestatyn being a bit of a let down, apart from the clifftop path, so it might be a good idea to get this over with early on, which would mean N -S. Apart from that I don't think it matters which way you go.
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#70439 - 20/06/12 01:07 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Slogger]
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I think that most guidebooks, if you are going to use one, go from South to North.
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#70440 - 20/06/12 01:56 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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South to north feels like the right direction. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for walking the Dyke?

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#70441 - 20/06/12 06:44 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Sentinel]
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We took 11 days to do it plus a rest day at Knighton.
It's a good walk with good views, some long grass and lots of high stiles, but I have been informed that many have been replaced with gates.
It has lots of ups and downs as it goes across the grain of land. You wont see too many people walking the route and you will have to remain aware. It may have improved but when we did it the way-marking wasn't brilliant in places.
Good luck.
Dave.

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#70615 - 31/07/12 11:58 AM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Slogger]
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I took 11 days in 2006 going north to south, just after a heatwave, met very few people indeed. It is harder in the northern parts. If I did it again I would walk south to north. All I have is a memory of stiles and stiles!

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#70616 - 31/07/12 12:02 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: The Author]
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Just remembered that we were met with tea and cake at every place we stayed bar, one pub at five crosses or something like that!

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#70623 - 01/08/12 08:06 AM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: The Author]
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No, do it north to south.
No sane person would decide to spend several days walking towards Pretatyn !

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#70626 - 01/08/12 06:52 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Actually I had a last minute change of plan and have booked to do it north south. The Trailblazer guide reccommend doing it north - south and they are usually very good.

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#70784 - 24/09/12 11:36 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Sentinel]
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When I did it going from S->N I bumped into a couple of others coming the other way. I think with Offa it doesn't really matter, apart from the sun constantly in your face - if you get any!!

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#77277 - 02/12/12 07:48 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: The Author]
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11 days north to south is what I was coming round to the idea of for next May...could you tell me how the 11 days were split please - and if you would change that itinery. Thanks

Johnny

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#77278 - 02/12/12 08:25 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: john57r]
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I have just started planning for this walk next year. My current thoughts are also 11 days:-
Day 1 Chepstow to Monmouth
Day 2 Monmouth to Pandy
Day 3 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye
Day 4 Hay-on-Wye to Kington
Day 5 Kington to Knighton
Day 6 Knighton to Montgomery
Day 7 Montgomery to Four Crosses
Day 8 Four Crosses to Pentre
Day 9 Pentre to Llandegla
Day 10 Llandegla to Bodfari
Day 11 Bodfari to Prestatyn
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#77279 - 02/12/12 08:30 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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I forget to say that I intend walking the small bit from Sedbury Cliffs to Chepstow the night before.
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#77283 - 03/12/12 08:31 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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Thanks for that. Its the bit between between Knighton and Llandegla that has been confounding me slightly...how to get decent 11 day walk splits in all the way. Seems to be a walk that splits opinions..some say it is easy ( doesnt look hard to be fair) but others say paper distances take longer to get through on this walk. Will consult the guidebook now to see how your plan pans out for me..

John

ps.. may pass you coming the other way

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#77286 - 03/12/12 10:31 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: john57r]
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We did the same as Harlands planned itinary, except that we went from Mongomery to Llanimynec (spelling?) and also did the Sedbury cliff to Chepstow the evening before.
Dave.

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#77287 - 04/12/12 02:50 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Slogger]
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I have just read an account on the web about a group walking Offa's Dyke, they counted the number of stiles - 554 in total! 81 in the day from Kington to Knighton, I'm not looking forward to that day.

I must say that one of the things that had put me off about walking Offa's Dyke was a previous comment about the number of stiles, I hadn't realised that there would be 81 in 14 miles i.e. one every 304 yards! I wonder if there is an I-Spy book of stiles to make life interesting.
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#77288 - 04/12/12 04:35 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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I believe a large number of the stiles have been replaced with gates since we did it anyway. There were a lot then and it wasn't only the fact of the number of them, but their height with the top bar seeming to always be a good stretch.
Dave.

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#77289 - 04/12/12 06:30 PM Re: Offa's Dyke - which direction? [Re: Slogger]
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Their walk was in June 2007. Stiles are starting to give me a bit of grief which is why I carry one walking pole to help me get my weight over and down the other side without going base over apex.
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#77290 - 05/12/12 10:14 PM Re: Offa's Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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Looks a good plan Harland..nice sequencing of what seem to be tough and easier days...do you concur having done it Dave?

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#77291 - 06/12/12 12:39 PM Re: Offa's Dyke - which direction? [Re: john57r]
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Originally Posted By: john57r
Looks a good plan Harland..nice sequencing of what seem to be tough and easier days...do you concur having done it Dave?


Yes I agree with that. To be honest we found it tougher than expected at the time. Many many undulations and my altimeter totalled up over 20,000 ft of ascent and the same in descent.
However our days were never long and did B&B it all.
Dave.

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#77292 - 07/12/12 11:49 AM Re: Offa's Dyke - which direction? [Re: Slogger]
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Originally Posted By: Slogger
I believe a large number of the stiles have been replaced with gates since we did it anyway. There were a lot then and it wasn't only the fact of the number of them, but their height with the top bar seeming to always be a good stretch.
Dave.


re stiles, in our parish, all the stiles have been replaced with kissing gates, there is a problem. If the kissing gates are inserted in a barbed wire fence the fence has to be cut and when the wire is tightened it distorts the post and the gate swings clear. I suggested to the council to put stiles where there is wire fence.
I was informed that it is against the policy of East Riding County Council to put stiles as they have had to many claims against them.
there are 3 kissing gates in the parish which are neither use nor ornament and another one that is a tight squeeze.
some of the stiles on the pennines are real stinkers,
there is picture of one on the november month of the Countryfile calendar
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#77337 - 17/12/12 08:12 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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I have updated my previous post after planning it out roughly with my SATMAP, the details with mileage and ascent in feet are now included. Additionally I have changed the overnight stop from Four Crosses to Llanymynech.

Originally Posted By: Harland
I have just started planning for this walk next year. My current thoughts are also 11 days:-
Day 1 Sedbury Cliffs/Chepstow to Monmouth 18 Miles 2,673'
Day 2 Monmouth to Pandy 16 miles 1,535'
Day 3 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye 16 miles 2,312'
Day 4 Hay-on-Wye to Kington 15 miles 1,919'
Day 5 Kington to Knighton 14 miles 2,103
Day 6 Knighton to Montgomery 18.3 miles 3,343'
Day 7 Montgomery to Llanymynech 21 miles 1,768'
Day 8 Llanymynech to Pentre 17.3 miles 3,651'
Day 9 Pentre to Llandegla 12.7 miles 2,775'
Day 10 Llandegla to Bodfari 17.8 miles 4,225'
Day 11 Bodfari to Prestatyn 12.5 miles 2,280'
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#78565 - 04/03/13 09:58 PM Re: Offas Dyke - which direction? [Re: Harland]
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Sorted my schedule out now.
I am going to walk south to north as the top half does look a little more of a test (and the end is closer to home). 11 days is the plan although a winter house building has done the old knees no good.
So, starting on the 31st May;
Day 1: To Monmouth
Day 2: To Pandy
Day 3: To Hay (but staying at Kington..Southbourne B&B..due to Hay Book festival)
Day 4: To Kington
Day 5: To Knighton
Day 6: To Drewin Farm
Day 7: To Four Crosses
Day 8: To Castle Mill
Day 9: To Gweryd Lake
Day 10:To Bodfari
Day 11: To Prestatyn

B&Bs all the way. Easy enough to book but quite a few listed have shut up shop for one reason or another. Llandegla now seems to be quite a barren spot for accommodation (had to add an extra 3 miles on to an already quite long day to get somewhere to stay further on).
Anyway; if anyone out there is planning a stroll and fancies a day or so in company; I am walking alone and wouldn't mind a chat.
The only thing now is to put the boots on again after winter and do a bit of preparation.
I think I have got it roughly right by making the reported harder bits a bit shorter, tagging some of the easier bits together and saving some of the longer days for the second half. We shall see.
Just one question for those who have done it before...what boots to use? My Mammutt tetons are just about worn out..I have some Mammutt XT Mt GTXs which look too stiff for this...I got a half price pair of Brasher Kisos which on reflection feel a bit flimsy...is it time for a trip to Go Outdoors again or will the Brashers do it. There is a lot of varied terrain...

Thanks

Johhny

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