Offa's Dyke Part 13: Chirk to Trefonen

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Apr 13

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This walk is of reasonable length, with several steep ascents and descents, requiring a good level of fitness.

This is the thirteenth in a series of day walks along the Offa's Dyke Path - the idea was to reach the English border in stages, but now we shall be invading England. Light the beacons!

This will be a logistically tricky event as we will be parking at the end point, organising the group then driving with half of the cars 20 minutes to the true start point.

After finishing the remaining cars will be used to return the first drivers back to their own vehicles.

From the true starting point at Chirk, we will head West towards Chirk Castle, picking up the Offa's Dyke Path and walking alongside the Dyke itself as it steeply rises out of the Ceiriog Valley towards Craignant.

Leaving the Wales/England border and after a spot of lunch at Selattyn Hill where the views look out over Shropshire Plains, Cheshire, and on a clear day signs of the Peak District too, we will continue South to the Old Racecourse Common above Oswestry / Croesowallt.

Riding our way furiously along the the old race track and after a cheeky picture on the ruins of the grandstand where the infamous Jack Mytton will once have stood cheering, the Path proceeds South through some beautiful coniferous woodland, crosses the River Morda and deposits our weary travellers at Trefonen for a well-earned refreshment at the Barley Mow Inn.

This walk is roughly 16 km/10 miles, with several steep ascents and descents, crossing a wide mix of terrain. Expect sections of muddy, rocky and uneven footing.

Well-behaved OutdoorDogs are very welcome but consider teaming up with a fellow dog driver. Note: Leads will be required in areas with livestock, and we will be crossing stiles frequently.

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