Today didn't get off to a good start as I woke up coughing at 5am, thus confirming my fears from yesterday: I was coming down with a cold :( The weather first thing did nothing to help as it was drizzling with cloud on the hills. However once I started walking at 8:15, I started to feel a bit better, although I was slightly apprehensive about the distance I had to cover today.
|Blue sky, sunshine and rolling wooded hills|
|Rainbow over the Ceiriog valley|
|One of the first sections of the Offa's Dyke that I encountered|
|Offa's Dyke near Craignant|
|The ruined grandstand at Racecourse Common|
At Porth-y-waen I rejoined the official route and soon began the steep ascent through the woods to Llanymynech Hill (HuMP). As I was here earlier than expected I decided to try to visit the true summit of the hill. I reckon I got within a few metres of it, but then had to turn back due to impenetrable brambles, hawthorn and gorse. Therefore I settled for the trig point instead before following the path beneath the impressive crags in the fading light.
|Summit of Llanymynech Hill!|
|Trig point on Llanymynech Hill|