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#79303 - 22/03/13 11:07 PM weather watch
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Anybody done the walk, or parts of it of late? How wet is it?!

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#79304 - 23/03/13 07:45 AM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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Originally Posted By: john57r
Anybody done the walk, or parts of it of late? How wet is it?!

I would also like to know, I intended to start S>N on 18 April but think that I'll delay a while.
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#79318 - 24/03/13 11:58 AM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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31st May for me over 11 days...I hope it is not a boggy washout like most walks last year!

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#79709 - 31/03/13 11:39 AM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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According to the Association website, the path is impassable at the moment due to snow at various points. Understandable but this will go eventually. My main interest is the underlying ground. It seems that part of the Wye valley riverside walk has fallen into the river due to recent flooding and at least one diversion is in operation due to waterlogging/mud due to livestock being let out on saturated ground. Not the livestock's fault of course but 180 miles of bog would be no fun at all.
Did a ten day C2C last year in June when the weather was awful and it was quite unpleasant. It would almost be a shame to waste the money on accommodation if ODP was in a state. Rather leave it until later.
An 18th April start may not be a great call in this regard. At least I have got 8 weeks or so before the start.
If anybody has been around the path could you give us an update?

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#79710 - 31/03/13 12:08 PM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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I have put my walk off until June, hopefully the snow will have gone by then and it will have dried out a bit.
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#79717 - 31/03/13 02:54 PM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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From what I remember there is a higher level alternative to the riverside path near Chepstow at Brockwell, which was quite boggy when we did it some years ago. There are also numerous worked fields en route that could prove quite sticky.
The area that would concern me most re: flooding would be the 5 mile stretch of path between Buttington and Four Crosses in the lowland region of the river Avon.
Dave.

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#79741 - 31/03/13 08:24 PM Re: weather watch [Re: Slogger]
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Yes I suspect that cow fields are going to be a nuisance all this year...almost makes you hope for a heat wave....Still got 8.5 weeks before the off so I will leave it for a few more weeks before looking at cancelling rooms. Don't mind walking in the wet too much, but it is just a shame to waste the days when sunny ones may be just a few weeks away...I know its a lottery but seems that the last 18 months has been a wash out (pardon the pun) or maybe it is just my bad luck.
There has been relatively little rain up here (East Yorkshire) for quite a while now but even on the Chalk Wolds, the sheltered spots are wet and slow going. Long range forecast for June due soon I think..you guys heard anything yet?
Going to do a c2c in August..god willing it may be better by then.

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#79828 - 02/04/13 04:38 AM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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It will soon go of course but snow was so deep on some of the northern sections on Sunday I was walking up and over gates!

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#79930 - 02/04/13 10:07 PM Re: weather watch [Re: scaredovheights]
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Thanks for that. Sounds a daft question but how much rain has there been over there (snow notwithstanding)? It has been pretty dry since Christmas in the Vale of York but the news suggests a lot of flooding around the ODP route. I am quite anxious not to waste what free time I have got on a trudge thro a morass if a delay might make for a rather warmer, dryer crossing.

John

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#79973 - 03/04/13 04:04 AM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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I can only speak about the part above Ruthin and it isn't very wet as there has been a cold , dry easterly blowing since the snow.

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#80069 - 03/04/13 11:36 PM Re: weather watch [Re: scaredovheights]
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Thanks for that. Heres hoping...If you are out and about over the next few weeks, would appreciate an update

john

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#89771 - 29/04/13 02:36 PM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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Me too smile

Johnny

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#89849 - 29/04/13 03:41 PM Re: weather watch [Re: john57r]
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Actually - I have just received this from the ODP trail office (I emailed them asking for their view on the path condition..

Johnny

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Thanks for email, ref. condition of path etc at the moment. We have had a relatively dry spell for the last month, so ground conditions have improved greatly from the end of last year and the winter period.

Few diversions in place, but should be signposted on the ground. Hopefully should not be any issues.

Please contact if you find anything amiss while out on the Trail, so I can tell others and get things sorted ASAP.

Thanking you

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