Day 8: Felindre to Abbeycymhir

18.4 miles. I’m enjoying this Glyndwr’s Way path. Whether we are on roads or off, we seem to be in much more remote areas, with more expansive views and broader horizons. Today’s walk was almost exclusively on trails, giving my feet a break from the pounding of walking miles on pavement.

Our destination, Abbeycymhir, is a small village with few options for food or lodging. We were granted access to camp in a field and offered breakfast for the next morning. But we were  Continue reading Day 8: Felindre to Abbeycymhir

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Day 7: Knighton to Felindre

16.8 miles. Our first day on Glyndwr’s Way was cool and blustery, enough so that we broke out long sleeves, hats and gloves for almost the entire day. The chill in the sir and the blown-out fireweed like seed pods were a constant reminder that summer is definitely over, and warm sunny days ate to be the exception rather than the rule.

Although the countryside doesn’t look markedly different from the Marches, the feel of this trail is definitely different. There are fewer and smaller roads, Continue reading Day 7: Knighton to Felindre

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Day 6: Kington to Knighton

16.3 miles, and the end of Leg 1. I find it hard to believe we walked that far yesterday, but that’s what the GPS says. For most of the day we slogged over hill and dale, through acres and miles of sheep shit, in a warm, breezy rain. In terms of elevation gain and time spent on pavement it was one of our easier days. Very pastoral around these parts, with great emphasis on pasture, full of sheep and cows. I’m not sure I’ve ever hiked through so many piles of dung, all of it wet and clingy because of the weather.

Arrived Knighton early enough to post no longer needed stuff like maps, guidebooks, too thin socks, etc. Our bags Continue reading Day 6: Kington to Knighton

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Day 5: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

15.2 miles. The route today was a relatively easy day’s walk compared to our first three days. The ascents and descents were gentle, meandering primarily through large sheep pastures and a couple of very small and picturesque hamlets. The last part of the day was spent walking over the top of Hergest Ridge, a substantial bracken-covered hill cross-crossed with wide drover’s lanes and dotted with rolls of recently baled bracken and many sheep. Near the top of the ridge was a small stand of some of the strangest Continue reading Day 5: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

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Day 4: Hay-on-wye

0 miles. Laundry and a relaxing day strolling Hay-on-Wye. We had separate rooms, which means Shari didn’t have to listen to my snoring and I didn’t get jabbed and told to roll over.

We had a leisurely breakfast with a Canadian couple who were biking, in reverse, a route very similar to ours. They too were traveling independently, something which is apparently a bit unusual here. A discussion about Marmite came up, and of course Shari just had to try the stuff no matter how we tried to convince her otherwise. By the time she got round to opening  Continue reading Day 4: Hay-on-wye

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Day 3: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

17.3 miles. 57 miles in three days! At this rate, even with days odd, we’ll easily make it to the north coast and perhaps even to Angelesy. Not only that, we shall have calves of steel and quads of iron!

A long day in weather much like home – wet, windy and cool. We started with a long uphill slog to the top of Hatterrall Ridge, upon which we walked for about 10 miles. As Shari said at one point, “It ought to end soon but it there’s just moor and moor of it.” Beautiful views of England to the east and Wales to the west, though some heavy showers  Continue reading Day 3: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye

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Day 2: Monmouth to Pandy

19.0 miles. Our innkeep told us that this day would be much easier than our first, full of undulating yet easy hills and dales. After walking 19 miles of said undulations, I can’t say that I noticed much difference between this day and the previous: it’s still a long bloody way. We once again strayed off course, adding perhaps 1.5 miles to the day’s walk, almost all on pavement, but mostly it was a pleasant walk through farmland, fields and orchards. Apples are in season and Continue reading Day 2: Monmouth to Pandy

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