An crisp autumn day with no rain or wind, blue sky wrapped up warm was the basis of a walk high above Pontfadoc to seek fine views which our objective was totally successful today.
Starting at the infamous Pontfadog station as seen in the image below which is part of the Glyn Ceriog tramway as now nicknamed out of affection "Pontfadoc town hall", which if you wish to see this fine old station it lies 4 miles from Chirk on the B5400 adhering to the village 30mhp speed limit, it sits neatly on the side of the road opposite a private car park in the village.
Spot the stone bridge and thats were we start our walk today following a quiet lane, turning into a wooded track through Coed Pen-Craig with plenty of Photography of trees in the mixed woodland elevating gently through the trees up the hill to find outstanding views of the Berwyn mountains and surrounding hills in the valley below we spot the former mining town of Glyn Ceriog tucked between the wood and hills.
Now the elevation levels out and we head towards one of the finest examples of Offas Dyke Dyke I have ever seen, which followed the true line of the English / Welsh border which I checked on my GPS to find correct however it once created a border between the Mercia and Wales,however some readings state its true function is debatable , if you stubble across the offas Dyke and you yourself are in the ditch of the earth works then thats the welsh side of the dyke and retrospectively the raised mound being the English side.
Enjoying the now changed views over the north shropshire and Cheshire Plain with Pickfordton hills and beyond the Derbyshire peak district appears as a fine line on the horizon.
Following King Offas finely constructed ditched border down hill to a path where we are greeted while a fine view of Chirk Castle across the valley and looking right down onto the former Battle site of the "1165 battle of Crogen" where King Henry II army was defeated by Owain Glyndwr , I have done quite a lot of reading on our last true Prince of wales I have found Owain Glyndwrs history interesting yet this history is sometimes forgotten.
Now we leave Offas Dyke behind following an ancient old stone bridleway were we find a old stone well and we descend along ancient rights of ways and finally onto a Lane and we finish back at "Ponfadog town hall"