Direct Transport based walk with Sarah Peppiatt.
A spectacular and very varied circular walk in the Welsh Borders, including some of the Offa's Dike route. Walk can be done by train if you don't mind an early start from Manchester. NB: ground conditions mean walk likely to be harder than the distance/ascent indicates unless it all freezes in the next fortnight!
Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct
This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.
08:45: Meet at the walk start (Ruabon Station)
08:45 Walk starts.
Waypoints: Top Reservoir; Ruabon Mountain; Offa's Dyke, Trevor, Ruabon station
To get here by train catch the 6:50 from Manchester Piccadilly (leader joining at Warrington Bank Quay) and change at Chester for the 8:19 to Cardiff. £18.10. Hourly trains back: aiming for 17:52.
Expect wet rough paths with a lot of mud and come properly prepared. There are multiple opportunities to test your outdoor gymnastics on decrepit stiles and a little bit of exposure on a section of the Offa's Dyke path. Nothing drastic - scree slope drops away on the right, and narrow path above it.
There are no bail out points on the walk and much of the walk lacks shelter so you must be properly equipped with waterproofs, warm clothing, adequate food supplies and so on. Change of clothes for journey back might not be a bad idea either.