Feeling Today: 👍😴
So Far: 682.53 miles, 222:28 hours
Suitably booted, I was directly onto the trail and the initial sections were along the Dyke and some rural roads, and with two modest climbs at Moelydd and Llanymynech Hill. Great 360* views over both Wales and England from the former.
At Llanymynech village, where the English and Welsh ‘Welcome To’s face off, I stopped briefly at the Dolphin to celebrate the relief that I had footwear. I then joined the towpath of the unnavigable but very pretty Montgomery Canal.
After a few miles the Offa’s Dyke path and the canal separate, and I decided to stay with the canal rather than the path, given that my guidebook described this part of the path as just ‘ordinary’ and the canal was a better route for my accommodation.
Arriving at my super B&B I had a Father’s Day card – thanks Gen and Henry!, my first bath of the walk, and a much-needed sock-wash. My hosts’ main business is manufacturing shepherds huts – look at this beauty – I think I want one!
I had a sunny, warm evening hike to and from the pub in Pool Quay. Being the only place for miles, it was busy – the only things missing compared to a Saturday night in Poole Quay was an ‘e’, more English than Welsh, and the sea. The locals were friendly, though I didn’t understand a word … I smiled a lot! And fortunately they understood my “Beef bourgignon and another pint of Summer Buzz please”
Another super Argentina versus England match this evening!