SIMON WHALEY

Wandering Around Whitton

The June 2019 issuse of Country Walking magazine contains my 7 ¾ mile wander around the Welsh Border village of Whitton.

Whitton is one of those places that feels as if it’s in the middle of nowhere, yet is only 3 miles from the English/Welsh border.

The route begins at St David’s Church in the village, and heads across the River Lugg, then turns right, up stream.

(Wikipedia claims the source of the River Lugg lies near Llangynllo (SO211713), although the Ordnance Survey mark the source as being on the aptly-named Pool Hill (SO169747).)

From here the route climbs Llan-fawr, albeit it’s not a major climb at 387 metres, but it does offer fine view of Powys’ lesser-known Welsh Border mountain: Black Mixen.

Eventually, it drops back into the Lugg Valley, and uses Offa’s Dyke national trail to clamber up Furrow Hill. Look out for fine sections of the original dyke earthworth, still visible on the ground.

There are also excellent views across Whitton, Llan-fawr and Black Mixen.

As gentle border walks go, this one’s about as quiet as it gets. You may struggle to find anyone to say “Morning,” to!

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