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#77263 - 25/11/12 08:47 PM Bit of advice please
john57r Offline
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Registered: 29/10/11
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Hello all,
If you can spare a few minutes I would appreciate it. I like the sound of ODW but worry that most summarys say it is a bit tame. Also it is not easy to split the walk into days in my head based on the limited info avaiable online. Would like some advice on both aspects please.
This year I did a 10 day W-E C2C and a 5 day Dales High Way which was about the fastest I would be comfortable with carrying full pack. I am thinking of an E-W C2C late summer 2013 but was rather drawn to the idea of being able to amble through a few villages on the ODW in early summer next year as a warm up.
I was thinking of 10/11 days ODW so I can cover ground but be able to sit and stare a bit too..Is this a fair assesment of the challenge of this walk? If so would anyone be kind enough to suggest day splits so that I can get the most out of the high roads and the low roads and not mix the two up too much. It does seem quite awkward to avoid one or two quite short days and I dont want to camp these days ( too old sadly!)
The more I try and glean from journals the more confused I have got; so any direct wisdom would be warmly welcomed!
Thanks

Johnny

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#112916 - 16/05/13 04:37 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Registered: 17/03/11
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Johnny - I am off tomorrow, I'll let you know how I get on smile

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#112983 - 16/05/13 05:34 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: johnny8b]
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Registered: 29/04/05
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Loc: North Yorkshire
Good luck, I hope that the weather is kind to you (and me next month!).
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#112997 - 16/05/13 05:46 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
We B&B'd the route as follows:-
Travelled to Chepstow and walked from there to Sedbury cliffs and back in the early evening.
Day 1. Chepstow - Monmouth - 17.5 miles
Day 2. Monmouth - Pandy - - - 16.75 miles
Day 3. Pandy - Hay on Wye - - - 14.75
Day 4. Hay on Wye - Kington - - 14.75 miles
Day 5. Kington - Knighton - - - 13.5 miles
Day 6. Day off.
Day 7. Knighton - Montgomery - 19 miles
Day 8. Montgomery - Llanymynech 21 miles
Day 8. Llanymynech - Trevor - - 19 miles
Day 9. Trevor - Llandegla - - - 11.3 miles
Day 10. Llandegla - Bodfari - - 17.7 miles
Day 11. Bodfari - Prestatyn - - 11.9 miles

Didn't start too early any day and stopped for a few pints en route a few times, but still found it challenging enough at the time.
Dave.

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#115524 - 18/05/13 09:10 AM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Best of luck mate. I think the snow should have melted by the time to get to the Switchbacks! Keep in touch if you can and I look forward to hearing about it afterwards.
I start a week on Thursday; just about when you finish. Will try to post en route and at the end.
Hope it helps Harland too.

Enjoy

Johnny

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#139264 - 29/05/13 06:29 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Right,
That's me setting off tomorrow to Chepstow. Starting Friday..and the weather forecast isn't too bad amazingly. Let me know how you got on Johnny; I guess you have just finished or are about to.

John

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#139344 - 29/05/13 07:08 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
Slogger Offline
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All the best with your trip.
Dave.

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#139992 - 29/05/13 11:11 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Make sure that you don't drink the pubs dry, leave some for me next week! All the best, have fun, enjoy it no matter what the weather.
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#142374 - 30/05/13 12:13 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Good luck mate - hope the weather stays decent for you
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#143103 - 30/05/13 04:08 PM Re: Bit of advice please [Re: john57r]
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Registered: 17/03/11
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Johnny - All the best I got back last night. A fantastic hike you will really enjoy it. The trail for the most part is dry and firm and I was really lucky with the weather having only one proper wet day!

All in all, with transitions to accommodation going wrong a couple of time (totally my fault!)I did about 205 miles. It is proper up and down stuff, nothing silly but relentless undulation I reckon over the 30k feet of ascent!


I won't spoil the suprise with any more - good luck and enjoy!

Johnny (I left a few pubs close to dry, lot's of lovely ales to try))

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