The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Wednesday 14 May 2008

Day 29 - Nantmawr to Bronygarth

13 May
Distance: 12 miles

It was another of those short days today.

Having breakfasted well on Jo & Mark's home laid eggs, Jo dropped us back off at Nantmawr at 9am.

With our first task of the day being the pull up Moelydd, we were thankful that it was a tad cooler than the last few days. It certainly made the climb more comfotable. It was also a bit clearer than we've had on the ODP so far, but still not so clear as to allow us to see all of the hills named on the topograph on the top.

Field paths (and plenty of stiles again - I'm even getting to grips with not swinging my pacerpoles wildly in Mick's direction at each stile now) led us to our next climb, which in turn saw us arrive at Oswestry's Old Racecourse.

The remains of the old Grandstand (last used in 1848) are still to be seen on the site and, being a popular area, it's also festooned with benches - very convenient for our elevenses of Welshcakes (we're working our way through various makes, and today's were not great in comparison with the others we've tried). Another topograph was to be found up here too, but it proved a little pointless in that all views were obscured by trees.

After crossing a deep ravine that has been improved by the provision of steps that are just a touch too steep for comfort, it was almost before we knew it that we were leaving Offa's Dyke and the ODP for the last time, to make our way to Bronygarth. Conveniently the path we opted to take to get there came out right next to the campsite (using the term loosely, we're actually in a garden, but a very lovely garden indeed).

Arriving at just gone 1pm (even having stopped to lunch a km before our destination), it was far from a testing day. We get back to sensible mileages tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I assume the home laid eggs in question are the product of the chickens belonging to Jo and Mark and not eggs that have been laid by them directly?


    Hope you're both getting on well...