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Offa’s Lessons: What we learned from our defeat

Offa’s Lessons: What we learned from our defeat

  Britain – Anja & Henry: 1 – 0 After Henry had slipped a couple of times and presumably broke his left toe, we called off the Offa’s challenge. We almost made it halfway through, after seven days of walking. Not bad. But we could have done better, no doubt about it, we didn’t achieve our goal of walking the whole way. Well, next time. Or not. Some lessons we learnt anyway:   Take your time – take breaks. 425…

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Crossing the Black Mountains – Pandy to Hay-on-wye

Crossing the Black Mountains – Pandy to Hay-on-wye

  For me, this was definitely the best stretch of the Offa’s Dyke Path. Despite the weather, the hardship, the scarce landscape. Or maybe because of these apects. Our Guidebook had warned us that the upcoming hike across the Black Mountains should not be undertaken lightly in bad weather conditions. The ascent was supposed to be steep and long, and the mountain scenery scarce and harsh. If conditions were to worsen on the ridge, there were only two possibilities to…

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Monmouth to Pandy

Monmouth to Pandy

  We’re a bit behind with our posts, sorry about that. But a lot has been happening lately, not really to do with our trip. Anyway, on our way to Pandy we were more fortunate with the weather, it started out a bit cloudy but got better and stayed dry and sunny for the rest of the hike to Raglan where we stayed at a really nice Bed and Breakfast place that had taken us in even though they hadn’t been…

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Offa we go

Offa we go

  Offa we go, the first part of our hike takes us from Chepstow to Tintern. Weather is dry and not to warm. There’s not really much to say about this part of our walk. The walk itself was sometimes quite challenging and took us through all kinds of beautiful landscapes. Shortly after we started our walk we met Sarah and her Grandfather from Canada, who is 83 and remarkably fit. We all had a hard time keeping up with…

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Tintern Abbey revisited

Tintern Abbey revisited

  One thing I love about Britain is that you can stumble upon the most beautiful, majical, haunted, atmostpheric castle, cathedral and abbey ruins, basically everywhere. I’ve seen quite a few, especially abbeys. They are my favorites, I love the gothic architectural style, and they are mostly in quite good shape, considering their age, a bit like Henry. We had already visited Tintern Abbey roundabout two years ago, during Winter. I remember it was marvellous, quite lonely and therefore magical,…

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Chepstow Castle and the start of Offa’s Dyke Path

Chepstow Castle and the start of Offa’s Dyke Path

  After a few days of sweet relaxing and idling  in Swansea it’s getting serious again. We’re in Chepstow and about to start our next hike – and this time we’re not only doing it for fun, but to be included into the National Trail’s hall of fame. So we got ourselves two Completion Cards from the Tourist Information, which we will have to fill with stamps from different locations along the way. So no shortcuts and cheating with public…

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