Tuesday, 24 January 2012
No walking again this weekend as Julie hasn't shaken off her cold and is still suffering with her eye infection and didn't feel well enough to get out,so as i was on my day's off on monday and tuesday i had a quick look at the weather to see if i could get out,tuesday's forecast was for rain most of the day and monday's was for a dry start,low cloud with patchy rain,so i choose a low level walk and decided to go on the monday.I had noticed a walk starting in Llandegla on the BBC walking website and noticed that somebody had hidden 15 geo-caches on the route so i decided on this walk.I parked across the road from the church and set off on the Offa's Dyke LDFP.
I had walked this section 3 year's ago with Julie when we were in training for our 8 day walk on the southern section of the dyke and was familiar with it.The path follow's the Afon Alyn as it gain's a little height.
The caches were coming thick and fast so i wasn't taking many photo's.The path leaves the river just before it crosses the B5431 near the caves in the limestone ridges.Charles Darwen passed through here in 1831 when he was studying the rock's of North Wales and his friend Professor Boyd Dawkins excavated these caves in the mid 1800's and discovered a burial site of people who lived and farmed here 4500 year's ago.Detouring from the route i visited the minor top of Moel y Waun and it's trig point which stand's at a height of 1,351 feet (412 metres) and it gave me a good view over to the Llantisilio Hill's.
In the other direction the Offa's Dyke path goes over Boncyn y Waen-grogen on it's way to the Clwydian Hill's and Moel Famau seen below.
A bit of road work now entailed before the walk passes a series of limestone fan shaped ridges on it's way back to the village.
After passing some frisky sheep i again made a detour off the path to visit the Ffynnon Tecla (Tegla's Well) that Llandegla is famous for.
I washed my boot's in the Afon Alyn before returning to the car just as the rain started.
Found 16 caches on route and walked 5.5 mile with 700 feet of ascent.