Dragon Walk 2012
I am a member of Cader residential staff and one of the Outdoor Education team at St David’s College, most people will have seen my photographs in the Lion magazine and on the Outdoor Education department’s Facebook page.
To support the Outdoor Education department’s idea that was put to the SDC Parent Teachers Association last year for a new classroom and teaching area, I will be walking the new Wales Coast Path that opens in May this year.
||My walk will now cover 1047 miles instead of the
original 870 miles. My route will now include the Offa’s Dyke starting from
Prestatyn in the north, finishing just outside Chepstow in the south. Then ill
start the Wales Coast path to just outside Chester in the north. I hope to leave on the 10th July, arriving in Chester on around the 3rdSeptember (that’s 8 weeks!).My aim to cover around 18
to 25miles a day and will be carrying all my equipment and clothing.
| The start of this epic adventure will be the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.In its 177miles / 285 kilometres it passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times. The Trail explores the tranquil Marches (as the border region is known) and passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterall Ridge. In addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills.
Although (mad!) people have been rumoured to complete the Trail in four days, more typically two weeks are about right for the whole journey. Of course, many people choose to complete only short sections in day trips or to complete the whole Trail over many weeks, months or years! There are regular places to stay, eat, and drink in the vicinity of the Trail and public transport is available to key points.
|After the Offa’s Dyke my next LDP will the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in Britain.From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding estuaries.|
|After the Pembrokeshire path ill be joining the
|After the Ceredigion Coast Path Ill be joining the Llyn Coastal Path. At 95 miles long, and taking an average of about seven days in all, the Llyn Coastal Path is just about the best excuse we can think of to take a week off work.|
| The final LDP will be the Anglesey Coast Path.The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which covers 95% of the coast. It passes through landscape that includes a mixture of farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, foreshore, cliffs and a few small pockets of woodland. This includes a National Nature Reserve (NNR).
Length: 125 miles / 200km
Total height gain: 4,174m / 13,695ft
Official start point: St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead (grid ref. SH247 826)
Average no. of days to complete: 12
Towns/villages directly on the path: 20
Possible to complete all sections using public transport: Yes
As all parents and former pupils of the college will know the department offers a wide range of outdoor education and activities to the whole school from Year 6 to our Upper 6th Form, helping each pupil develop and increase not only their personal skills, but also their skills as working as part of team and helping them discover new and challenging adventures in the outdoors that will give them memories that will last them a lifetime.