A dog friendly walk from DogPeople

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Kinsey Wood & Offa's Dyke Path , Knighton

This walk has excellent all round views on a clear day to Hay Bluff, The Long Mynd and Clee Hills. Dogs mainly on a lead due to livestock except in Kinsey Wood. Hamish did the 8.5 mile walk and had some 'off the lead' time in the wood before and after the walk. No shops or pubs on 8.5 mile walk. Hamish enjoyed a picnic on route with his people.

8.5 mile walk. There is parking in Kinsey Wood (Forestry Commission land) at end of forest track. Entrance track to Kinsey Wood is off the A488 Knighton to Clun road at grid reference SO 2980 7275. Coming from Knighton follow A488 past railway station and after about ½ a mile turn left uphill on forest track to barriers, where there is space for a few cars to park.

Take bridle path into field (with barn) by gate next to barrier and follow left hand side of field in a southwesterly direction to stile at edge of forest. Turn right and follow path through gateway to join Offas Dyke path (marked with an acorn sign) and follow instructions below for 10 mile route from *.

For 10 mile walk there is parking at the railway station or at the cattle market in Knighton. If starting from the cattle market walk to A488, turn right and follow road until you reach railway station. If starting at railway station, leave car park and turn right crossing bridge over railway and river Teme. Turn left onto minor road and follow for approx ½ mile until you reach signpost for Offa's Dyke path (ODP) on your right. Go into field and follow path uphill until you reach top edge of Kinsey Wood where ODP turns to left.

* Follow ODP (marked with an acorn sign) in a northwesterly direction. The path is just below the hilltop and is well marked passing through many small gates. There was one stile (Hamish squeezed round the side) before reaching the trig point on Cym-sanaham Hill.

After reaching trig point, cross another stile and continue following ODP through more fields and then downhill passing a white cottage (Brynorgan) to minor road. Cross road and cross stile (dog paddle). Follow path around left hand field edge and cross further stile (dog paddle) and go downhill towards stream. Cross stream via two bridges and go up stony steps. Cross stile (dog paddle) to minor road opposite Garbett Hall farmyard (SO 2645 7695). ODP goes through the farmyard but Hamish turned right on road passing Garbett Villa to reach farmyard of Little Selley.

Pass house and barns to go through gate marked as a bridleway. Follow sunken track uphill (keeping to right hand edge of field) to reach a post with blue bridleway marker pointing half left across field. Cross field to go through gateway, turn right, go though another gate. Turn right and follow right hand field boundary slightly uphill around right hand corner, go through another gate. Continue ahead downhill, again on right hand boundary to reach farm buildings. Hamish went down track to minor road but noted path actually went through two small gates in hedge line to road (SO 2720 7720).

Turn right and follow road for approx 100 yards until junction with another minor road joining from left is reached. Turn left onto bridle path marked with a fingerpost and follow it uphill (ignore right hand path to Brynorgan). Continue uphill on track, it levels out and bends slightly to right eventually passing through gate to right of small wooded area. Continue ahead passing to right of a barn, follow track downhill for a short way to fingerposts for ODP (passed earlier on in walk). Turn left on ODP and retrace your route to the start.

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