My brother Paul is staying with us for a few days so it's time for yet another walk especially as it's sunny. We were going to look for some of the sections of Offa's Dyke around here.

Offa's Dyke is a bank and ditch built by Offa who was King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. The dyke is thought to have been started in 785 AD and took a number of years to build. It runs from the South Wales coast for 177 miles to the North Wales coast following the English/Welsh border.

We knew that there was a visible section in the local park so we started there. You can see the profile of the bank, with the ditch on this side, quite easily.

We continued down the valley slope to the River Teme at the bottom where we saw this sign. The path, generally, is well marked by signs such as this.

The path runs along by the river through meadows often covered in sheep but not today. The hill beyond is where we are headed and Amanda is thinking 'Surely we're not going up there' and Paul is trying to ignore it completely. But, yes, we are going up there. A short way back we crossed from Powys, in Wales, into Shropshire, England where we will remain until we go back into Knighton.

We eventually reached the footbridge over the river. crossed the railway, and started up the slope. The first section is wooded but then we emerged on to open ground but one thing is constant – the steep slope. After much puffings and blowings we paused for a rest.

Amanda is enjoying the view, sitting on the path that we came up, with one corner of Knighton visible below. We certainly seemed to gain height rapidly but then we shouldn't be surprised;  I did say it was steep.

We did, eventually, reach the ridge where the path climbed more slowly. The views were amazing as this one of the valley shows. The little village and viaduct in the distance is Knucklas and it shows the meanders of the river very well.

We went as far as the next visible section of Offa's Dyke shown here with a fence running along the top of the bank with the ditch to its right.

Although there was some warmth in the sun the wind was icy and coming, so I understand, from the arctic. We decided not to hang around.

That is where we turned back and started our descent. One noticeable effect is that going down a steep hill is harder on the legs than going up although going up is harder on the lungs.

Yet another walk completed.