Walking Offa’s Dyke – Day 10 – Kington to Hay on Wye

In April 2010, Alex and I (and my dog) undertook an epic adventure to walk the Offa’s Dyke National Trail in aid of MS Society. This is my account of Day 10 walking from Kington to Hay on Wye on 14th April 2010 (15 miles).

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So far on our challenge, despite the sore feet and tired limbs, it had been an amazing experience hiking Offa’s Dyke. However, in my mind at least, day 10 marked the turning point – the point where it became a struggle and to be frank I just wanted to get the walk finished. In the morning, Alex and I had our first (and only) argument – although I can’t remember what it was about, and by the time we had a cup of tea and bacon sandwich from a cafe in Kington we were friends again! Alex was particularly pleased with his manly mug!

It was a chilly morning, and we headed out of Kington climbing up onto Hergest Ridge the wind picked up. The views from the ridge were pretty good, although it was quite hazy in the distance.

By late morning we had dropped down the ridge, past the only pub on the route (which was shut) and started heading towards the next set of hills. We must have been pretty bored, as we decided to have a competition to see who on Twitter could come up with the most walking-relating song titles! Our favourite was probably “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith.

The competition kept us distracted for most of the rest of the day (we were otherwise just trudging along!). As we joined up with the River Wye we could just about make out the Hatterrall Ridge in the distance, which we would be walking along the next day.

When we finally reached Hay, we dived into the nearest pub to await collection by the support team.

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