Clun Castle and Offas Dyke - 22km
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If you don't celebrate Christmas or are smug and have already finished your Christmas shopping, join Will on a hike amongst history in the Shropshire Hills.
Clun is located in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This walk takes us from the small town, up onto what was once Clun Forest and along Offas Dyke before dropping back into town.
The walk is approximately 22km long (13 miles) with 800m of elevation, not for the faint hearted. The route is viewable here. If you would like a gpx version of the route, contact the leader.
We will get the opportunity to explore the few remains of Clun Castle. "Unusually, the castle's tall 13th century keep is set on the side of its mound. Founded shortly after the Norman Conquest, the castle and nearby settlement prospered until the early 15th century, when followers of the Welsh chieftain Owain Glyn Dwr devastated the surrounding area."
Named after Offa, the Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia from AD 757 until 796, Offa's Dyke is a large linear earthwork that roughly follows the border between England and Wales. Although its precise original purpose is debated, it delineated the border between Anglian Mercia and the Welsh kingdom of Powys.
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Photos: All photos taken by Will Allaway and used with permission.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 30 plus litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: Waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking. NOT suitable for trainers.
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: No jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
A good idea is to bring a change of clothing if the weather is cold and wet to change into for the ride home.
Please refer to the ODL Kit List Guidelines for further information
Food & drink
Please bring at least 2 litres of water and a good sized packed lunch with snacks.
There are no shops on route.