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This is a pleasant walk on the Welsh border. Take warm clothes, good footwear and OS explorer map 201 with a compass. It is about eight miles and should be a pleasant four to five hours.

The start is the car park (Sat Nav SY7 8JR) adjacent to the bridge over the River Clun in Clun. Cross the footbridge into the castle grounds. Continue, with the ruins on your left, to the main exit by the bowling green and cross the stile on your left. This leads to a lane. Walk north along the lane to its end. The path crosses the river and then follows the stream before veering half left to join a green lane which leads to another. Cross it and continue on the Shropshire Way. The path climbs, before continuing more steadily across pastures along a broad ridge named Cefns. Go down this lane and straight across at the cross-roads at Three Gates.

After 200m take the footpath on your right and climb across the northern flanks of Hergan to reach a junction of paths. Turn left and head south on the Offa's Dyke National Trail. Continue along the path which goes off left climbing once more across the flanks of Graig Hill.

Cross the road and continue on another path to a footbridge. Take the track to the left of the farm buildings and start to climb again. Behind you can see where you have just walked across the Clun Valley.

The path follows the Dyke to Springhill Farm. Cross the road and, leaving the Offa's Dyke Trail, take the footpath through the left-hand gate opposite. The path goes half left across the this field and maintains a similar direction to reach a track. Turn left (east) and follow this track past Burfield to reach a cross-roads.

Turn left (sign posted Clun) and follow this quiet lane. Reaching Peartree Cottage turn right off the lane and through a gate. This leads into a path that will lead you down into Clun where you started.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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