An early start for a tough day's walking crossing the many switchbacks in the Shropshire Hills
Distance: 24.5km; Ascent: 1250m; Overcast, cold with a bitter wind; Solo
I woke up at 4am this morning due to the cold and looking in the porch, my thermometer read -1°C. After opening the porch for an abortive attempt to make a cup of tea (I'd pretty much run out of gas!), the temperature in the porch dropped to -5°C! Whilst I had planned to have an early start today due to the very limited choice of trains home from Knighton, 4am was somewhat earlier than I had planned! Therefore after donning an extra layer, and spending 15 minutes or so by the warm heater in the toilet block, I went back to sleep for a little bit!
I packed my tent up just before dawn and set off walking around 6:40am. It was still bitterly cold with a hard frost on the ground as I continued southwards along Offa's Dyke. A short section of road walking followed before I returned to the fields for the first of many ascents today; this time up to the old drovers' road of the Kerry Ridgeway, which also marked the return to England and Shropshire (and the vast majority of today's lay on the English side of the border).
|A frosty Offa's Dyke just south of Mellington Hall|
|Crossing the border back into England and Shropshire|
|Junction with the Shropshire Way|
|The half-way point of the Offa's Dyke Path :-)|
|A handy water tap provided by Severn Trent Water|
|Offa's Dyke on Llanfair Hill|
|Trigpoint on Llanfair Hill|
|Trigpoint on Cwm-sanaham Hill|
|Looking SE from Cwm-sanaham Hill|
|Viewpoint over Knighton|
|Crossing the border into Wales on the way into Knighton|
|Knighton Clock Tower|