Statistics: 17.75 miles, ascent 2283′, 7.25 hours
Jean and Peter joined us for breakfast while Alan, our host, gave us detailed instructions on how to reach the Path from his B&B via a smaller trail that gave us lovely views of Brynhonddhu Country House.
The weather for climbing Hatterrall Ridge was perfect – a little chill in the air with a very slight overcast from time to time.
As we ascended, we passed the Iron Age hill fort of Pentwyn, the first of several such forts visible along Offa’s Dyke Path. The hill lead to Hatterall Ridge, where the violent wind whipped us around. We reached the trig point (a geodetic survey fixed point) at the first summit with spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons National Park on one side and the Valley of the River Monnow on the other.
Our next encounter was one of my favorite experiences of the entire trip. We walked through fields of heather that were populated by wild, Welsh ponies who were not afraid of us. They were quite willing to have their picture taken.
The highest point of Offa’s Dyke Path was reached today and we began our descent toward the Wye Valley.
What a wonderful day! Fantastic views, wild ponies, good friends and great weather as we dropped into the historic town of Hay-on-Wye where book sellers seemed to be on every corner. We found our B&B behind this charming garden gate.
Our warm and friendly hostess, Nicki Kempston at The Mulberry Tree B&B, welcomed us and immediately sat us all down for tea and cake. This group of starving hikers was not about to resist the generous offer! Our U.K friends, Jean and Peter, left us after tea, returning to their home in Lancashire, while we followed up the tea and cakes with a tasty pub meal down the street at the Blue Boar. Our B&B was a treat to return to with its inviting, cozy rooms.