Knucklas & Offa’s Dyke

Wednesday 11 June 2014. The purpose of today’s walk was to do another section of Offa’s Dyke. Bea and I traveled to the small village of Knucklas just across the Welsh border in Powys. A mile or so of walking on small country lanes brought us to Skyborry Green where the stiff climb up to the Offa’s Dyke path began. it was 500ft in less than a mile. Thankfully it leveled out for a little while but another climb of 250ft took us to the top of Cwm-sanaham Hill and a much needed coffee stop. Knucklas could now be seen in the valley below.

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I tried to take a photo of this calf but it took fright and I captured the wrong end!

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A steep descent of 450ft followed before we climbed a further 600ft towards the summit of Llanfair Hill. On the way down we met a group of about 10 walkers who were taking part in the Bishop’s Castle walking festival. We stopped for lunch part way up this final climb, some of which we did on top of rather than alongside Offa’s Dyke. Leaving the National Trail, we followed the Jack Myton Way back to Knucklas. The last couple of miles were again along narrow country lanes and I would have preferred a grassy track to the tarmac surface.

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The walk was 8.5 miles with 1,860ft of ascent.

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