NORT0N, OLD IMPTON FARM, TAYLORS WOOD
4.5 miles (7 km). 200m ascent. Allow 2 hrs.
Offa’s Dyke, named after the 8th century King of Mercia, formed the original official border between England and Wales. The Offa’s Dyke path closely follows the original line of the dyke.
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A shorter walk using Offa’s Dyke Path giving good views from Hawthom Hill of Radnor Forest and Whitton.
Park in Mynd Road – opposite Noton Church off B4355 Grid Ref. OS.148 SO304672. Busy at times – Church services.
WALK 9 Submitted by Neville & Mary Roberts, revised by Chris Ruby and Kevin Jones
(1) Go up Mynd lane, opposite Church, that soon becomes a track. At the top of the rise keep ahead when the road divides and the track becomes a metalled farm road.
(2) Continue up, over a cattle grid, to Old Impton Farm. At the gate in front of the farm follow signs (R) then (L) through a gate, and follow more signs ahead, then right to a gate. Follow the track for 100m. Cross a track leading to the barns following the same line upwards to go through a field gate in top (R) corner. Continue uphill 100m, then fork (L), and continue through gate to enter a wood.
(3) Leave wood at stile/gate onto pasture and the Offa’s Dyke signpost and stile is visible on the skyline. (The view from the small hill on the (R) on a clear day includes the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, the Clee hills, and nearer, Litton Hill and Radnor Forest). Cross stile and proceed along Offa’s Dyke that, at first, is rather insignificant but soon becomes an obvious earthwork. (Always try to avoid eroding the dyke by not walking actually on it.) Immediately after crossing a stile in a gap between two small plantations, leave Offa’s Dyke Path and turn (R).
(4) Pass to the (R) of a small monument on a grassy mound (read the inscription in memory of Sir Richard Green-Price M.P.) Go through the gate near the road junction.
(5) Turn (R) along the tarmac lane. Where this turns sharply (L) downhill, continue ahead on grassy lane that can be muddy. Go through the gate into the plantation staying on the forestry road, downhill, until point (2) of the outward route is reached, where turn (L) retracing steps back to Norton Church and starting point.
Norton church is a mediaeval church extensively refurbished in Victorian times by Sir Gilbert Scott.