Tag: walking

Werner Herzog’s pilgrimage to Paris

September 28, 2019 1 Comment
Werner Herzog’s pilgrimage to Paris

Many think Werner Herzog our greatest living film-maker.  His major fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s will always find new viewers.  Aguirre, Wrath of God, a study in conspiracy, tyranny and madness, has a claim to be one of the most powerful ever made.  Once you’ve seen it the first time, with its dense […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 14: Clwyd Gate to Bodfari

September 16, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 14: Clwyd Gate to Bodfari

This was the day we were not looking forward to.  For a while the weather forecast was adamant: heavy rain in the morning, lighter rain for the rest of the day.  But the heavy rain cleared early, and it was just spitting when I went out into the streets of Ruthin in search of a […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 12: Trefonen to Castell Dinas Brân

September 16, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 12: Trefonen to Castell Dinas Brân

Today was due to be rain-free, and it is.  This fact alone lends us a lightness of spirit that lasts all day, another long one.  We’re joined by our guestwalker and friend A., fit after his holiday in the Italian mountains.  A taxi returns us from Oswestry to Trefonen.  We’re immediately unable to find the […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 11: Buttington to Trefonen

September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 11: Buttington to Trefonen

At nearly seventeen miles this is going to be our longest day, so C, M and I set out early from Buttington Bridge.  It’s already raining steadily.  The path takes us along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal, no longer navigable and the preserve of great sheets of algae rather than narrow boats.  We pass […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 10: Cwm to Buttington

September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 10: Cwm to Buttington

We start out early, with a spring in our step: no rain’s forecast, the wind’s slackened, and the day’s climbing is limited.  After a short walk along lanes we rejoin the Dyke, and follow it, still tall and well-ditched, downhill and northwards, through trees.  The tree roots need constant watching, to avoid a fall.  On […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 9: Knighton to Cwm

September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 9: Knighton to Cwm

Four months have passed and we’re back in Knighton.  In another seven days we’ll have finished a project started six and a half years ago to walk round the edges of Wales.  This time, C. and I are joined by M., who walked the southern half of Offa’s Dyke 39 years ago, but has never […]

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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 7: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

May 22, 2019 0 Comments
Offa’s Dyke Path, day 7: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

Yet another sunny, warm day.  This will be a three-water-bottle day, since it’s fifteen miles to Kington and there won’t be anywhere to eat or buy food en route.  C and I pick up supplies from a shop and cross the Wye.  Instead of carrying on along the road to Clyro, the Path turns immediately […]

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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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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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Walking with windmills

April 7, 2019 0 Comments
Walking with windmills

The Heart of Wales line train leaves me at the station in Ammanford.  It’s still, sunny, and warm, the second day of summer time, with an extra hour of daylight walking.  My plan is to cross Mynydd y Betws and Mynydd y Gwair and drop down the Lliw valley to Gowerton, completing the Gower Way.  […]

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