Exploring the hinterlands: English Welsh border country

Our industrial north has provided us with plenty of canals which are great to follow by bike.  A flat ride with a variety of vessels to watch.

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We trended westwards and crossed the border into Wales. Our first stop was at the very impressive World Heritage Site of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. 307m long and 38m high.

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We spent our first night in Wales in Llangollen where we had some serious route planning to do for the next few days. There was a brief discussion of how easy it would be to catch a ferry to Ireland to truly complete our UK tour. That idea was put to one side and I pondered on the possibility of reaching the Welsh coast within our time frame. The Badger’s eyebrows were raised at this suggestion so I realised that route maybe a bit ambitious so we agreed on his route taking in the Welsh hills. Within a few kilometres of leaving Llangollen we soon realised that Badge had surpassed me in challenging route choice…

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The struggle up the 20% hill out of Llangollen was tough but the view at the top was beautiful.

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Welsh lamb.

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The Welsh ‘hills’.

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Getting to grips with another new language.

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In search of dragons…

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We found a great camping spot behind the Llanfyllin Victorian Workhouse which is being renovated into a community building.

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Our Welsh visas were short, they were suspicious of Badge’s hairy looks, so we returned to England and the beauty of the Shropshire hills.

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The Youth Hostel at Clun is in a converted water mill and has the most perfect lawn for camping on.

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Not a bad view either.

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Another county pedalled through and soon we were in Herefordshire. We were beginning to see much more thatch and cider. The hills became more rounded and friendlier for cycling.

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We hugged the border and our final night in the hinterland was spent in the Wye Valley. Another lovely grassy camping spot attached to a Youth Hostel. Perfect for a snooze.

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We are within llama spitting distance of the South West. We can almost smell the cream teas and pasties of home.

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