From Llanymynech the Offa’s Dyke Path has been re-routed away from the dyke (which runs along the main road south from Llanymynech) and along the Montgomeryshire Canal.
This is easy to follow to Welshpool. After Four Crosses the Offa’s Dyke Path goes along the actual monument for about 2 km., then you can cut back to the canal. The towpath is no longer a right of way after Four Crosses, but pedestrians are allowed ‘on sufferance’ according to the old cast-iron canal company notices. After Clafton Bridge, the canal is culverted in several places and the towpath is not always kept clear. It is passable but can be overgrown with nettles and brambles. However, there are gates and stiles where it crosses roads — you are obviously not trespassing. Where the canal is not used the ecology is different. There are different kinds of waterlilies, swans and even the occasional otter. The herons, though, seem to prefer the more open stretches. After Arddleen the towpath is much clearer and can easily be followed to Welshpool.
The site of Strata Marcella is not hard to find. About a mile past Pool Quay, at SJ 25045 10520, where the canal runs close to the A483, a swing bridge crosses it. Walk down to the road and cross it carefully, then go through the gate on the other side. All that remains of Strata Marcella is spread out before you, hidden under the turf. It is on private land but the best view is in any case from the bank above it.
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