Llanymynech to Buttington, Offa’s Dyke – Day 11

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One if the great joys of walking for me, is when the walk is so challenging that your monkey mind doesn’t chatter, and all your attention is on the walk ahead, stretching you mentally and physically.

I can’t say that for this stretch. 10.5 miles of mainly flat terrain.

A pleasant day starting with breakfast in the cafe by the redundant car wash in Llanymynech. Lovely staff, and a tasty breakfast.

We were soon out on the Montgomery canal, and a pretty stretch with swans sitting on their nests or gliding along with their babies. The canal looked as if it could do with a bit of dredging, but pretty none the less, we stopped to admire a lovely house and garden en route.

Two miles in and we liked the underpass at Four Crosses, where the local social history in the form of photographs had been built into the tiling.

The Dyke itself is prominent in parts, our four legged friends both sheep and cows had decided to cluster around the gateways we needed to pass through!

We had walked in a steady drizzle for a few miles so w had scant views of the Breidden Hills on the left with Rodney’s Pillar standing proud. Built by the landowners who supplied oak trees to Admiral Rodney’s fleet. The trees would be carried down to Bristol on the river Severn.

A short but nasty stretch on the busy A483 with lorries hurtling passed, before we were back on the calm stretches of the canal.

Crossing back over the A483 we followed the meandering Severn down to the roadway and over Buttington Bridge, another busy narrow walkway.

We finally reached our car park, through a couple of meadows. We laughed as the donkey or was it a mule took a more than friendly interest in Esther!


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