Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Welsh Boundary Walk - Coedway to Forden

The Old Hand and Diamond last night was excellent - good food, good beer, and all run like clockwork by an impressive 21 year old manager, and I was able to have breakfast at 7:00 so had a reasonably early start.
The area I am travelling through consists of multiple 1000ft hills, so it is all up and down, but the views are extensive and impressive often with more than 180 degree panoramas. I passed between Bulthy Hill and Middletown Hill by a high col gained by one of the steepest footpaths I have ever ascended. From the col I went to both summits, Middletown being 367m. There is supposed to be a fort on top, but you would need to be an expert to recognise it.
Down in Middletown I begged use of the toilet at Border Motors where I was given coffee and sat and had a good chat with the proprietor.
I had been told there was a camp site next to The Railway Inn at Forden but when I got there it was statics only. The pub had just let the last room five minutes earlier, but the landlord, Robert and his wife Deborah very kindly agreed to let me camp in their back garden where I am now in the tent typing this up but eager to go and have a beer and food after a long hard day. The blister treatment from last night seems to have worked fairly well but it felt as though it had had enough by the end of today. I hope a night's rest will will let it settle down again.
Tomorrow I have a stint on Offa's Dyke and I will collect my forwarded maps, so by one calculation I will be half way.
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