Day 12: Monmouth to Chepstow
October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 What to say about this last walking day. It turned out to actually be the longest day, distance wise; not walk day 10. The itinerary I received from Contours gave the daily walking distance, measured from lodging to lodging. For this day the distance was given as 27km/17miles, however the actual end of […]

Day 11: Pandy to Monmouth
October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 We said goodbye to Sandra our lovely host, from the wonderfully nice, and a little different ‘Lancaster Arms’, after breakfast and hit the trail just before 8am. Did I need to mention that it was a lovely, bright morning, with the sun just peeking from behind the hills? The weather again […]

Offa’s Dyke Revisited
Day 10: Hay-on-Wye to Pandy
October 12, 2015

Monday, October 12th, 2015 After a bit of arm wrestling the evening before Luc and I managed to get breakfast organized for 7:30am (instead of 8am suggested by John). We had a long day ahead – distance wise the longest of my walk, 29km/18miles) – including climbing up Hay Bluff to get up on Hatterall […]

Rest Day 2: Hay-on-Wye
October 11, 2015

Sunday, October 11th Breakfast was somewhere between 8:30am and 9am; together with 4 other guests staying at ‘Rest for the Tired’. I went for a morning stroll around lovely, quaint Hay-on-Wye. The small town is the National Book Town of Wales; not difficult to believe when walking around: there are bookstores everywhere. My B&B is […]

Day 9: Kington to Hay-on-Wye
October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 As expected the pub was a bit noisy the night before, being Friday night and rugby world cup (the All Blacks beat Tonga) and all that. Still i slept ok. The earliest they served breakfast was 7:30 – I was in the dining room on the dot – understandable: The Oxford […]

Day 8: Knighton to Kington
October 9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015 Same morning routine: alarm at 6:15am, breakfast at 7am – Bernadine kept me company, very nice. Before I walked out the door she showed me the guestbook entry from Louise and Bill Paxton, of which I took a picture. I left Stowe View B&B around 7:40am and was back on the Path […]

Day 7: Cwm for Brompton Crossroads to Knighton
October 8, 2015

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 This was the day that announced itself as quite possibly the hardest one of my walk; and some walkers I’d met going the other way had hinted at that as well. And it lived up to the expectations. Steep ascents and as steep descent, with virtually no breaks between them – […]

Day 5: Trefonen to Welshpool for Buttington
October 6, 2015

Tuesday October 6th, 2015 I didn’t sleep to well the night before, but not because of the B&B, room or bed, which were in order very welcoming, nice and cozy and comfy. Maybe it was the second cup of tea or the lots of sleeping I’d being doing the previous nights? Breakfast at 7am and […]

Day 4: Llangollen to Trefonen
October 5, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015 Breakfast at 7am and Mike took me to my starting point for my walk. Well, actually, on my request he took me about 2km further, to where the Path left the road. I figured with the 25kms (15.5miles) ahead that day, shaving a few off at the start wasn’t a bad […]

Day 3: Clwyd Gate to Llangollen
October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 As expected sleeping above a pub would be, last night’s rest wasn’t as sound(proof) as the previous nights. The Druid Inn quieted down around 10:30pm but then some guests of the Inn, who, I think, had stayed up in the common area, decided to say their rather loud good-nights right in […]

Day 2: Bodfari to Clwyd Gate
October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 I slept really well that night. I woke up at 3:15am, but mind you, I went to bed at 7:50pm so that was already more than 7hours. Bit too early to get up, so turned around and woke up again at 6:am. Breakfast at 7am and off towards the Path around […]

Day 1: Prestatyn to Bodfari
October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1st I slept quite well and woke up around 5am. At 7am I went for a look in the breakfast room where Swan spotted me and made me porridge (on my request). After saying my good-byes I was ready to hit the Path at 7:45. As I walked around the cottage to the […]

Offa’s Dyke Revisited
Offa’s Dyke – Here I Come Again!
August 29, 2015

In 2004 I did Offa’s Dyke, or at least part of it. It was the first time I’d ever embarked on a long distance hike, solo or otherwise. I have since come to love these experiences and I am also much more prepared, specially mentally. That time I did the Path from South to North and stopped […]