Walking Offa’s Dyke – Day 12 – Pandy to Monmouth

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 12 walking from Pandy to Monmouth on 16th April 2010 (16 miles).

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To be honest we both just wanted to get the second last day out of the way – we were both exhausted and sore (with perhaps a slight hangover from the previous evening’s antics) – so there is not too much to report and we had our heads down to eat up the miles.

Unlike the previous day, the skies were clear and the sun was out, and as we were nearing the end of our adventure, spirits were high.

After a few hours of walking, we reach The White Castle, a medieval castle. The castle is in partial ruin but, lthough we did not have time to explorer, still looked pretty impressive as we climbed up the hill towards it.

At lunchtime, a picnic provided by the support team in a sunny field, we once again bid farewell to the dog. She was again starting to show signs of tiredness, and I was really keen for her to complete the final day with us (she didn’t seem to complain too much about having a rest!)

After lunch, we walked through the centre of some of Bulmer’s cider apple orchards, had a chat with a tree surgeon about the very old (600-700 years) tree they were supporting, and finally headed into Monmouth to find a pub for a resurrecting beer.

That evening we were staying several miles out of town at Rickyard’s bunkhouse (we actually passed it on our way into Monmouth) and the support team very kindly took us out for our final dinner on the Dyke.

Just one day to go!

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