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Walk 228 [9½ miles] - Knighton to Bucknell

OS201 OS137 garmin

3 intrepid, but optimistic walkers, left Bucknell by bus to travel to Knighton to start our walk in very thick mist!
Heading up alongside the golf course
The view to the west
Heading towards the road on Offa's Dyke
We climbed steadily out of Knightonn past the Hospital on our left to join the Offa's Dyke path. Continuing on to the top of the hill through the golf course, when the sun started to peep through the mist! At this point there was a good deal of removing of layers as the sun was really warm! We now followed the path through the fields and many small gates, with lovely views to our right, to the B4357 which rose up to our left to the B4355 Presteigne Road.
Old mile post
Coffee in the sun
Crossing over this with the way marker on our right we followed the path along Llanwen Hill. We stopped for coffee in the sun and then continued our way passing the Spaceguard Observatory on our left, on a mettled track to turn right onto the continuation of Llanshay Lane. Here we walked along the road beside Long Wood, with only a passing tractor to disturb the peace, until we turned right on the track to Hill House Farm.
Looking south from Llanwen Hill
The Spaceguard Centre
We walked through the farmyard, bearing left through a gate to an enclosed track down to the road to Birtley and Newton. It should be mentioned here that special thanks and a round of applause are due to Stu who had spent 6 hours strimming the undergrowth from this sunken track to make life easy for us. THANK YOU STU. Here we turned left and almost immediately left again into Pedwardine Wood. Once through the gate we turned to our right and camped down for lunch!

After our break we walked on upwards, through a gate into a small field here we kept right to then re-enter the woods through another small gate.
Heading up to Pedwardine Wood
A 'one off' bridleway marker
The woods were wonderful - so many ancient trees- Sweet Chestnuts for everyone to snack on and beautiful Birches! We had been given special permission by the Harley Estate to walk down through the woods to the A4113 on our way back to Bucknell. We can only thank them for allowing us to see the trees in magnificent colour and some amazing fungi. Thanks to Graham for clearing it with them.
Pedwardine Wood
Heading downhill towards Bucknell
We arrived back in Bucknell negotiating the B4367 with care and just about covering 9½ miles - depending of course on which part of the village you live in! My thanks to all for your great company.
The fish ladder at Lingen Bridge

[Blog entry: Sue]


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