Still no phone, although all I need now is wifi, so no photos again, more guest walkers and a slight change of schedule. For logistical reasons I took my final rest day in Monmouth on Saturday and we welcomed brother in law Phil, partner Cat, their two children and mum in law Chris who will be 70 this week. Had a great rest day in gorgeous weather, very relaxed and very warm. Cath then dropped Phil, Cat and me off back at Pandy to complete the scheduled walk to Monmouth. Not a difficult walk, but made harder by oppressive heat and not much breeze, although some welcome shade at times, however very little scenery to talk about. Having two people to talk to certainly helped today, which could otherwise have been quite tedious.
The route took us out of Pandy gradually up along lanes and over fields giving us eventually a view back to Hatterrall Ridge but not much in front. A slight route misread distracted by wild ponies led us past Llangattock to yet more field and lanes coming out at a place called Cahill Street. We met 3 ODP walkers near White Castle and then more lanes and fields to our lunch stop in the Bulmer Cider Orchard near Penrhôs. Even more lanes and fields followed as we headed past Llanfihangel and through some nice meadow along the river before another sequence of fields and lanes (at least we saw some White Park cows) led us to Hendre. From there we left the ODP and followed the lane down and up and down again to Wonastow before crossing the A40 west of Monmouth to get back to the campsite (Glentrothy) near Mitchel Troy, out of water and several shades redder from the sun.