Offa’s Dyke, Day 9

Date: 1 June 2014
Walked from: Knighton, Wales
Walked to: Kington, England
Walked with: Annette
Distance: 13.5 miles
Stayed: The Royal Oak, Kington

Weather: Beautiful – sunny and warm.

Annette and I practically romped through this pretty section of the walk, my tired legs of yesterday just a distant memory! Annette even broke into a run at one point, though I think she was just showing off cos’ she’s only got one more day of the walk left 🙂

It was a fairly stiff climb up from Knighton, arriving at the top to find a golf course infested with sheep. Never before had we seen such a thing… but we saw it again as we approached Kington Golf Club at the end of our walk – clearly the local sheep are keen amateur sports enthusiasts!

Once we were up we stayed up for a while, crossing both Hawthorn and Furrow Hills before dropping down to the tiny village of Dolley Green. There were some good place names in the area, although sadly the route doesn’t actually pass through Discoed or Evenjobb…

We lunched in the warm sunshine on a stone bridge that crosses Knobbley Brook, and shortly after starting our walk again saw a young deer running at speed towards us as we walked through a farm. He or she veered off at the last moment, clearing a fence and disappearing, unseen but heard, into a field of wheat. It was a beautiful thing to witness.

A bit of a climb took us up to Herrock Hill and more fantastic views, 360 degrees worth of them, from Rushock Hill. The photos below don’t even begin to tell the story of what beautiful scenery we had today!

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