Joined: May 2009
||Posted: June 13 2010, 15:49
Hey APJ you live 60 mins away and have not been up there - Whaaaat?
I just totally ADORE the place and have been there so many times since my first visit in 1979 (with my Mum, Dad and lil' sister who refused to walk to the top). In 1984 I had a two-week holiday in Kington with my German girlfriend (equally keen MO fan) and we did the Ridge every day in glorious weather - heaven.
Now, living the other side of the UK with a wife and two adorable young kids I have not been for ages but I have threatened the rugrats that they WILL be dragged up Daddy's favourite spot in the whole world sometime soon!
Here are some ideas:
Go The Beacon on Bradnor Hill, check out Mike's old house where Ommadawn was created and take in the Ridge from afar.
Next do like 3Wheeler suggests - drive up through Ridgebourne to the gate and walk to the top (an OS triangulation point is close to the top). Look out for the Welsh Ponies. Walk round the old horse race course and look for the ancient Whet Stone.
Or drive to Gladestry at the Welsh end, park in the Royal Oak pub car park and follow the Offas Dyke path signs up the Ridge the other way. Where the path strikes right up a broad grassy plain turn left and walk until the ground drops away in front of you - you will have one of the greatest views in the UK (IMHO) looking down into Gladestry and up the valleys to Radnor Forest and the Black Mountains. Just pause and listen....wind, sheep, peace....then back down for a lovely pint in the pub.
Have fun I am so, so, so jealous.