Sunday, 26 May 2013

17. Land's End to John O'Groats. Day 24. Offa's Dyke via Newcastle on Clun, Montgomery and Shrewsbury. Pronunciation of Shrewsbury.

 Robbie          David

Robbie Brough and David Sansom, both 19, aim to raise £25,000 for Emmaus Oxford by walking 1,200 miles from Land’s End to John O'Groats.

They have currently raised a total of £4,415.00 from 86 donors.

Emmaus Oxford began housing homeless people just over three years ago.  Since then it has provided over 25,000 nights of accommodation to a total of 69 homeless people.  Of those that have left 72% have moved into satisfactory/non-emergency accommodation and 33% have found alternative employment and/or training.

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24 May Robbie Brough

"Hi Mary, 

We are now camping in the beer garden of the Lowfield Inn in Marton, Shropshire. The aim is to get to Shrewsbury which is 15 miles away from here along the B4386. 

When we get to Shrewsbury tomorrow night we will work out the path to Edale where we start the Pennine Way! 

We are spending Sunday at Dave's aunt's house relaxing and taking a break before starting that challenge. 
 Clun area of rolling 'switchback' hills. 

Offa's Dyke. Shropshire Way.

Today we left Newcastle on Clun and followed the dyke to Montgomery where we lunched. 

The morning was hard work as we tackled the switchbacks, a series of very steep ascents and descents. The going was tough and this is widely known as the hardest part of Offa's dyke. The going was particularly hard because the wind was coming from the north meaning all ascents were done in the shade of the wind meaning a hot sweaty climb but reaching the top meant icy cold winds drying the sweat immediately but making us very cold! It meant continuous putting on and taking off of layers which is very tedious! 

Shrewsbury from the east, showing the railway viaduct.
By James Sayer. 1850.

Tweet photo from Brockton
We decided to take a road to Shrewsbury instead of following the dyke up to Oswestry or Prestatyn simply because it is a more direct route north!

On finishing the dyke we can say it really was a challenge! The wet Welsh weather not helping, but a beautiful trail through some incredible scenery and lovely poetic towns.

Attached are a few more pics but will get Dave to send some more through too!

I'm afraid nobody has given us any envelope money yet but hopefully on the Pennine Way people will be more inclined to as we will have come such a long way! And then only 268 miles to Scotland!"

25 May Tweet  "Just made a guest appearance at Yockleton village flower show."

Shrewsbury still has houses with timber framing 
from the 15th and 16th century.

Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809 and went to Shrewsbury School. 

Shrewsbury is one of those places which can be pronounced correctly in two different ways. You can either say Shrewsbury to rhyme with Shrove Tuesday, or as in the Taming of the Shrew. Locals say it like the latter. People from the town are called Salopians.
Next: Shrewsbury to Edale
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