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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 6: Longtown to Hay-on-Wye

May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 6: Longtown to Hay-on-Wye

Another sunny morning.  We pick up some sandwiches from Hopes, Longtown’s village shop.  This must surely be the best village shop in the UK. It’s like a mini department store, and stocks almost everything you’d ever want; it even has micro-bookshop, and it acts as a post office, with a sorting office in a metal […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 5: Llangattock Lingoed to Longtown

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 5: Llangattock Lingoed to Longtown

Another morning of complete stillness and no clouds (just a criss-cross of high vapour-trails).  Today Ca and Ch leave us, and C and I leave the rolling lowlands behind and head for the bare heights of the Black Mountains.  First, there’s a bit more of the green country we’ve come to love in Monmouthshire.  On […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 4: Hendre to Llangattock Lingoed

May 21, 2019 1 Comment
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 4: Hendre to Llangattock Lingoed

A perfect May day: not a cloud in the sky, not a breath of wind.  And no traffic noise, just birdsong in stereo.  Swifts, the first we’ve seen on this trip, flash around the house, and a pair of Canada geese carefully guard their young near a pond.  Today our host is going to Malvern […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 3: Bigsweir to Hendre

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 3: Bigsweir to Hendre

The morning’s chilly and overcast, and at first a low mist flows downstream, blocking the view of Llandogo.  We march briskly along the riverside drive to Bigsweir Bridge, where G and A are waiting for us.  The iron bridge makes an elegant low curve across the water, with metal latticework beneath and a tollhouse on […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 2: Chepstow to Bigsweir

May 20, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 2: Chepstow to Bigsweir

After breakfast we wait for three more guestwalkers, J, G and A.  It’s unusual to have as many as six in the group, and there can be drawbacks – losing members by accident on the way, for example – but it makes for a rich mix of character and conversation.  We cross the old iron […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 1: Sedbury Cliffs to Chepstow

May 19, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 1: Sedbury Cliffs to Chepstow

A couple of ancient carriages, probably scheduled to be replaced by Transport for Wales in the year 2030, rattle their way into Chepstow Station.  One of the few adverts inside is for a useful sounding firm called Simple Cremations.  As we get out it’s raining hard, and C and I dive into the station café […]

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Offa a’r Cymry

May 12, 2019 1 Comment
Offa a’r Cymry

Offa, brenin Mercia, a fu farw yn y flwyddyn 796, yw’r unig frenin Eingl-sacsonaidd y mae ei enw yn rhan o fyd ieithyddol Cymru.  A hynny am un rheswm yn unig, oherwydd ei gysylltiad â ‘Chlawdd Offa’.  Gan ein bod ni ar fin taclo’r Clawdd ar droed, neu o leiaf y rhan ddeheuol ohono, meddyliais […]

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Steel mountain

May 4, 2019 1 Comment
Steel mountain

For an early May walk the three of us are back here in Port Talbot, a town much in the news lately.  First things first: coffee and serious cakes in a popular café, Selections, as fuel for a steep ascent.   As always in Port Talbot, smiles and friendliness greet us. Then we wander across the […]

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How to be an MP

April 28, 2019 0 Comments
How to be an MP

The news of Paul Flynn’s death in February 2019 met with widespread dismay.  Surveys tells us regularly that MPs rank lower in public estimation than almost any other group in society, with the exception of bankers, but here was an exception: a man of integrity who was true to his principles and his constituents, and […]

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The Londonification of Cardiff

April 21, 2019 6 Comments
The Londonification of Cardiff

It’s a commonplace that the UK has the least well-balanced economy in Western Europe.  While London and its region, dominated by financial and allied services, continue to grow and thrive, the rest of the country is bogged in post-industrial depression, suffering still from the effects of George Osborne’s planned ‘austerity’ (still very much with us, […]

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