Reverse OTO

Nothing prepares you better for hill-work, than hill-work. With a mountain marathon looming it was time to give Lefty & Righty a bit of push – and give calves, quads & hams some stick.

I left Trebor at the lay-by above Loggerheads around 2pm and basically followed the Open To Offas route backwards, mixing sections of both 21- and 30-mile routes. Through Maeshafn and Big Covert wood, on across the main road to The Nant and on to Foel Fenlli. The wind was strong but not too cold on the summit – the lights of the nearby towns starting to twinkle as the sky darkened and the clouds scurried home. I pressed on to Moel Famau, along the ridge, down the steps and across to Moel Arthur.

It was time to think about heading back, and one of my favourite paths runs downs from Moel Arthur heading North-east to the A541 via Penbedw farm. Nice ready down-hill jogging in the dark – just enough ambient light from the cloud cover to obviate the need for getting the head torch out. Then back lanes to Cilcain and Loggerheads. Looking back over to the Clwydian ridge, silhouetted against the night sky made me appreciate just how much I love this area. As tough or as easy as you want it, Moel Fammau Country Park is a big friendly giant welcoming all who want to get “out there”.

18 miles, 4500ft, 4.5 hours

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