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#85703 - 23/04/13 04:01 PM Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers..
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Hi All

I am doing the ODP in a couple of weeks (South to North) and wonder if anyone can advise how well it is signposted? I have done a few National Trails and generally the standard of route markings is high. I Have the Harvey's maps (north and south) but want to avoid the half dozen or so OS maps it would take to cover the length! I'd also like to avoid getting lost if possible smile
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Johnny

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#85705 - 23/04/13 04:26 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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I don't know but I am doing it in a month or so but if you have the maps already you could just copy the bits you need which will require you to only carry about 20 sheets of A4 paper. Libraries frequently have OS Maps if you don't have them already.
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#85723 - 23/04/13 05:20 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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We did several years ago. We didn't take area maps, just used the National Trail guidebook with incorporated 1:25,000 maps and found that adequate.
Dave.

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#86160 - 24/04/13 09:55 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: Slogger]
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Thanks both, I'm going to chance it with the Harvey's! I'll let you know how I get on (if I get there that is ;-) )

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#86346 - 25/04/13 09:52 AM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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Have you booked accommodation, if so where, or are you camping?
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#86587 - 25/04/13 11:27 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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Am doing it south to north five weeks today...presumably the snow will have gone by then.
Looking at it, the national trails guide books have strip maps that seem fine.
Just as a precaution I am taking OS maps for the high bits ( Black Mountains, Clwydian Hills) just in case bearings need to be taken etc.
Let us know how you get on...have a good one

John

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#86927 - 26/04/13 03:45 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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Hi Harland - I have booked b&b's. I carry all I need but do like some creature comforts! I'm doing 12 days which looks comfortable. John likewise I hope you enjoy. I'll let you know how I get on smile

Johnny

Full itinerary, Chepstow (will do Sedbury to Chepstow the evening I get there)' Monmouth, Pandy, Hay on Wye, Kington, Knighton, Churchstoke, Buttington, Trefonen, Llangollen, Llanferres, Bodfari, Prestatyn. That is about 190 miles including the off trail bits to the accommodation. If anyone wants the actual places or the full route in .gpx then direct message me an email address and I would be happy to send over.

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#87029 - 26/04/13 07:48 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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look forward to it Johnny.
I am doing it in 11 days( like you in b&bs). Same as you to Knighton then Drewin Farm then a longish one to Four Crosses as I couldn't quite reconcile myself to two flattish 10/12 milers. Thereafter Castle Mill, Gweryd Lakes ( a longish looking 19 mile day as I couldn't get in at llandegla), then Bodfari and Prestatyn.
It is my first long one of the year and I hope it will be ok as I am not quite as fit as I should be. Initially I got the impression it was easy but with the east -west grain of the country, I guess it may be a bit tougher: hence my interest in your thoughts. What day do you start? What about you Harland?
John

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#87035 - 26/04/13 08:08 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: john57r]
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Nothing booked yet but currently looking at starting on 6th June and then complete over 11 days. I was going to do it this month but decided to delay it until the snow had cleared and the better weather arrived - some hope!!! I normally have very long mileage days (for me) initially but this time I intend to roughly follow the stops in the National Trails guide subject to getting accommodation. I am hoping that accommodation shouldn't be too much of a problem at this time of the year although, as I walk alone, I look for a single room normally in B&Bs or Youth Hostels.
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#87038 - 26/04/13 08:12 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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I am leaving Chepstow on 18th May. I've been doing quite a few day hikes but this will be my first multi day hike of the year too. I have been tring to get fit on the cross trainer! I saw your earlier post about how tough this hike is, I agree it is confusing as there seem to be conflicting reports. Plotting it out on Mapsource it looks to be about 32k of ascent which is healthy enough.

Johnny

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#87082 - 26/04/13 09:24 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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I plotted it out on SATMAP and came to 31,984' of ascent so I guess that it shouldn't be too bad as it is only 3,000' above the height of Everest!
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#87449 - 27/04/13 10:47 AM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: Harland]
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A good deal more than the C2C suffice to say! At least it is reasonably spread out and I don't do GPS; would only depress me. Looking forward to it nonetheless. Looks like we start as another finishes, so will try to post en-route. Lets hope May is decent weather wise. Has been pretty dry up here for the last 5/6 weeks...quite dusty underfoot.

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#87661 - 27/04/13 06:53 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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There are no severe ascents on any of the route apart from a short sharp one after Clanyminech (Spelling?) The route is however extremely undulating with some long slightly more than gradual ups and downs. It is not as hard as the Pennine Way or as easy as the Coast to Coast. I got the total ascent to just over 20,000ft.
Dave.

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#88108 - 28/04/13 12:46 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: Harland]
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My plot of Offa's Dyke gives 23,435 ft - for C2C comparison, my previous (2010) route gives 20,404 ft both via GRG which uses Google mapping. You'll not be needing the oxygen then smile
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#88110 - 28/04/13 12:51 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: lightweightmick]
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You might not need oxygen but I'm not as fit as you! If you saw me at the top of some "climbs" (bumps) you would call out the air ambulance!
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#88512 - 28/04/13 06:53 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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I like that.."long slightly more than gradual ups and downs". I will reflect on that thought in about 5 weeks time!
Interesting that it is harder than the C2C

John

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#88787 - 28/04/13 11:30 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: Harland]
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Sorry Harland - I take it you didn't take a look at the video link I posted in response to Dave's in 'other walks' then - re Everest an the oxygen - gripping stuff, if not a bit gruesome finding George Mallory face down like that. Mallory realised they had no chance of the summit without oxygen. I'd watched the vid that Dave linked to and clicked on that one afterward - I never did get that work done...
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#89475 - 29/04/13 10:07 AM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: lightweightmick]
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No offense taken, my idea of light hearted humour!

I also looked at the Everest video, some people do make you look at yourself as I am amazed at their inner strength. I am not sure (yes I am) that I would take a son of mine at that age up Everest even assuming I could do it.
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#90025 - 29/04/13 06:25 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: Harland]
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Hikeview reckons 32670 feet (9900 metres); although my stone age IT capabilities give me no way of checking. That is some serious altitude but it is well spread out... I actually have asked the association to give me a weather update, so we will see if they are consistent.
It remains dry up here but the wind is still biting on the tops considering it is nearly May..enough to make the dodgy knee ache in unison with the perennial Achilles tendons..hey ho

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#91716 - 30/04/13 07:25 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: john57r]
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The Association say the path is drying out after last years inundations. They mention also that the Wye valley lower route is still a problem and to go over St Briavels Common. Got my passport!

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#94387 - 02/05/13 03:45 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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Low level route John? C'mon, you know you wanted that extra altitude smile I did get an email from the trail officer a few days back regarding route condition which I posted in the weather thread but basically he said the same thing (all improving quickly)

Johnny

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#94493 - 02/05/13 05:25 PM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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All now booked starting on 7 June.
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#94883 - 03/05/13 12:03 AM Re: Offa's Dyke Path - Signs / route markers.. [Re: johnny8b]
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Yea, I guess a couple of hundred more metres isn't going to make all that difference in the grand scheme of things! looks more complicated navigation than following a watercourse though!
The way the weather is going at the moment; we could be dreaming of soft going underfoot by the end of the month!
Looking forward to it now..

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