Another snowy day on the Offa's Dyke Path over Hergest Ridge and other hills near the Welsh border
Distance: 24.5km; Ascent: 900m; Dry with occasional sunny spells and a chilly wind; Solo
After an excellent breakfast I set off walking around 9:30am in the sunshine :-) I ascended gradually along the icy Ridgebourne Road past Hergest Croft Gardens to reach the edge of town, where a sign thanked walkers for visiting Kington.
Soon I reached the road end and continued along a well worn track through the snow, following some other Offa's Dyke walkers I had met in the pub last night. There were good views as I ascended up the east ridge of Hergest Ridge past a strangely sited group of monkey puzzle trees to reach the windy summit plateau.
|Ascending Hergest Ridge|
|Monkey Puzzle trees on Hergest Ridge|
I detoured south through deeper snow to visit the trigpoint a few hundred metres south of the Offa's Dyke Path before heading west to the pile of boulders that marks the true summit of Hergest Ridge (Marilyn). I could see a few other people out walking this morning, although most of them seemed to be sticking to the well worn tracks through the snow along the Offa’s Dyke Path.
|Trig point on Hergest Ridge|
|True Summit of Hergest Ridge|
|Red Kite soaring over Hergest Ridge|
|Snow drifts south of Gladestry|
|On Disgwylfa Hill|
|Sheep on Little Mountain|
|The white looking Black Mountains|
Another section of road walking brought me to near the western edge of Bettws Dingle, where there were clear signs indicating the diversion. However I still took the precaution of photographing the diversion map just in case. After a few hundred metres the diversionary route led me down into the valley, where several diggers had been making a right old mess!
|Diggers making a mess in Betws Dingle|
An unpleasant few hundred metres of road walking then followed, before I picked up a pleasant footpath across the fields to the River Wye and Hay Bridge. Walking across the bridge into Hay-on-Wye, I was pleased to discover that my accommodation for the night was one of the first buildings I reached! And it was appropriately named “Rest for the Tired”!
N.B. 03/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 30/03/13 (from 10/04/13). A link to Hergest Ridge trigpoint has also been added.