Friday, 24 May 2013

14. Land's End to John O'Groats. Day 19. Sedbury to Monmouth via Offa's Dyke. Tintern Abbey. Robbie Brough and David Sansom walk for Emmaus Oxford.

Robbie Brough and David Sansom aim to raise £25,000 for Emmaus Oxford by walking 1,200 miles to John O'Groats. Emmaus is an international charity which houses and gives work to the homeless.

Donations please to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/tradingplaces

Sunday, 19 May 2013, 22:26. David Sansom

"Robbie on an abandoned railway the path made us take by Bristol."

Robbie about to go to Sedbury, on the left.

Sedbury to Monmouth,
via Tintern Abbey

 The Cistercian abbey of Tintern,
 one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales
Offa's Dyke in Sedbury

"Well blisters are painful, but John O' Groats won't come to us, so no point whingeing. 

Today we started Offa's Dyke in Sedbury, and walked to Monmouth. The views were stunning and the heat was intense, but walking through the woods kept us cool. We were directed a short cut by a local, that just took us into someone's garden. We felt obliged to knock on the door and apologise. We were pointed back in the right direction by the owner. The local was nowhere to be found. We found the campsite eventually and there was no charity policy unfortunately for campers. 

David Stone and Emma Koch

We met up with my best friend from school and his girlfriend, and the 4 of us went to a pub just by the campsite. They go to Hartpury Rugby Academy, and just came to visit as Monmouth was only 30 minutes away from Gloucester!  It was really nice to see them for a few hours and have a nice hearty dinner. 

Tomorrow we're off for another 20 miles and are meeting my father for ANOTHER pub dinner (going to be sick of them by the end) and he will buy our food for us for Tuesday which will give our tight budget a nice welcome break."
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Offa, the King of Mercia from 757 to 796, built the dyke to separate his kingdom from the Welsh kingdom of Powys.  Offa’s Dyke is a huge earthwork up to 20 m wide in places. It still follows the English and Welsh border for 177 miles, from Sedbury in the south to Prestatyn in the north.