When I took Crosby out early this morning he was limping. Initially I thought he had something stuck in one of his paws, I had a good look but couldn’t see anything. However, on closer inspection I noticed he had tar from yesterday’s walk stuck to his pads so we have enjoyed a leisurely morning around the caravan whilst he rests up.
After lunch we go for a short stroll, heading over to the Old Racecourse and picking up the Offa’s Dyke Path to head south. My intention is a brief walk but Crosby is now looking very lively and his limp has disappeared so I continue along the national trail heading through the trees to reach a driveway leading to a minor road at Tyn-y-coed.
I turn right over a bridge, Crosby remembers this spot from a few days ago and is keen to paddle in the stream. We head off again along the minor road, soon taking a turning up a road on the left (still on the Offa’s Dyke path). This road heads steeply uphill to a T-junction where we turn right and then quickly take a left along a tarmacked lane leading from Pentre-shannel to Trefonen. Walking along this lane there are fine views across the valley.
In Trefonen I walk through the village to reach the Barley Mow pub, there are a couple of chaps sat outside having a smoke during half-time of the World Cup Final. There was a time when I would have been glued to the TV to watch the match, but nowadays my interest in football has waned significantly and I would much rather be out walking on such a lovely afternoon.
I head out of Trefonen on the Treflach Road, there is no pavement but being a Sunday afternoon there is not much traffic, however, I am still relieved after half a mile to reach Pit Lane on my left. I take this minor road and wander along looking at the hedgerows. At a junction I turn left following signs to Gronwen, Woodhill and Oswestry.
After a short while I reach another junction, this time taking the road signposted to Woodhill and Oswestry. I stay on this lane until I reach a junction where I turn left towards Trefarclawdd and Trefonen. Very soon I reach another junction and turn right down Chain Lane leading to LLwynymaen and continue straight on at the next junction. On reaching another junction I cross and join the pavement on the opposite side and turn right towards Oswestry. After just over half a mile I turn left following a sign to the Racecourse. I stay on this lane, ignoring turnings to the left and right and as I head uphill I pass the reservoir below Oerley Hall.
From here I continue uphill to the Old Racecourse. There are fine views to my right over the valley.
On reaching the turning for Domo CL I turn left and walk along the lane to the caravan. My little stroll has ended up covering eight and a half miles. Crosby has not shown any sign of his limp and looks to be back to full fitness.
To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 240 – Oswestry
15th July 2018
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