A DEDICATED group will be putting on their walking shoes for a special anniversary.
2021 sees the 50 year anniversary of the spectacular 177 mile path at Offa’s Dyke.
Over the weekend, 18 walkers – together with a professional guide and experienced local walk leaders from Walkabout Wrexham – completed the first of five planned 10-mile walks.
This has been organised by Friends of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley and Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.
The walks, in celebration of the Offa’s Dyke Path 50th anniversary will, once completed, cover the 50 miles of ‘the path’ which is within the AONB from Chirk Mill to Prestatyn.
Sunday’s walk, Chirk Mill to Llangollen, started with the uphill section out of the Ceiriog Valley with wonderful views before walking over the fantastic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The final few miles saw walkers walk through the tranquillity Trevor Hall Woods and finally over Castell Dinas Bran to finish in Llangollen by the recently refurbished war memorial.
Walk leader Mike Smart said the group celebrated and toasted Offa’s Dyke Path at 50 with cake and gin supplied by local producers; two birthday cakes from Marina’s Italian Cookery and delicious Cariad Gin and tonics in a ‘wonderful’ donation.
He added: “The sun shone, and a great day out was had by all. Many thanks also to Unicorn Travel who are providing all the transport for the five walks.
“There are four more walks planned during August, September and October’ details can be found at: TREKsmart.net.”