Walked 16.5 miles, virtually all on Offa's Dyke Path
Fernleigh was a slightly old-fashioned B&B (with 'instructions', with some interesting spellings, in picture frames in our rooms, including one that we were to ask before having a bath) but Mr and Mrs Hughes were friendly, and we had a lovely breakfast before leaving about 8.50am.
We walked by the river for a couple of kilometres, then crossed farmland (including going right through the middle of a field of barley at one stage, but the signs made it clear that this was what we were meant to do). Then we climbed up to the A438 and walked alongside it for a while, on a wide grass verge)
We crossed the main road and climbed up Bettws Dingle, herding some sheep in front of us, then we followed a minor road for a while; surprisingly pleasant, with excellent views in all directions, and we met a couple walking the other way.
We turned off onto a muddy track and then followed paths down to Newchurch, with views along the valley to Llan-pica.
After lunch we climbed over Disgwylfa Hill, rightly described as 'a pocket-size version of Hergest Ridge a little further north'. We met a group of runners coming in the opposite direction - they must be mad! It was beautiful though, with lovely views back to the Black Mountains and in front of us to Hergest Ridge. We crossed undulating countryside and descended into Gladestry, hoping that either 'The Royal Oak' or the village shop would be able to supply a cup of tea or an ice-cream.
The climb up to Hergest Ridge was not as difficult as I'd expected and the walk along the ridge was relatively easy with yet more views, especially of our previous days' walks (the length of Hatterall Hill was clearly visible) and of the walking we'd be doing tomorrow.
Our feet were hurting by the time we reached the end of the long stretch of road down to Kington, but the good news was that the Spar Shop opens at 8am on a Sunday so we should be able to get food for tomorrow. We walked through the town and down Bridge Street to Tanyard Lane and found Tan House easily - it's for sale (and in 2008 it was renamed Arrowbank Lodge). We had two very comfortable rooms. We didn't want to eat in a pub because we wanted to avoid the World Cup Final (which we later discovered was the following day!), and the Chinese restaurant looked a bit odd, so we ended up with fish and chips for our evening meal.