Buckley mayor in record bid on Offa's Dyke path


Steve Creswell

A TOWN mayor may have written himself into the record books after walking the entire length of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

The Mayor of Buckley, Cllr Ian Peters, believes he is the first man of his position to have completed the 176-mile path as he raised money for the Help for Heroes veterans’ charity.

Cllr Peters, who tackled the challenge over 11 days with wife Sue, told the Leader about his experiences, which included contending with the tail end of hurricane Bertha while in the Brecon Beacons.

He also came across a beaver dam after his journey gathered pace following an encounter with an angry bull who thought the couple were laying claim to his field.

“The journey was tough going at times and we had to climb more hills and mountains than I can think of,” Cllr Peters said.

“When we walked from Pandy to Hay on Wye that was an experience in itself. “We had to cross the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park in terrible weather as we encountered the tail end of hurricane Bertha. 

“We had constant rain from the time we set out and continued all day long which included 65mph winds.

“We even tried to improvise at keeping dry with the aid of big green plastic bags.”

Cllr Peters begun the journey from Chepstow’s Sedbury cliffs on August 8 and completed the epic path trek in Prestatyn this week.

“We also encountered some other experiences which included being chased by a small but very angry dog and a very large bull that wasn’t too keen on sharing his field with us so we had to tread very carefully that day,” said Cllr Peters, who is now contacting the Guinness Book of Records to confirm whether he is the first mayor to complete the historic trail.

“But we did see some amazing red kites, what appeared to be beaver dam and some spotted sheep which was a nice change from the thousands of other sheep we saw on our journey,” he added.

Despite taking in a range of Wales’ most scenic spots, Cllr Peters said overlooking Flintshire remains his favourite memory from the journey.

“Amazing views were to be had from all the locations that we walked and we were very lucky to have seen them,” Cllr Peters added. “But the most colourful view of all is just on our doorstep at Moel Famau, where the heather is currency in full bloom.”

Cllr Peters said the pair received donations towards Help for Heroes from walkers they met on their travels.

Anyone who would like to donate can still donate online at bmycharity.com/ianpeters or by dropping a donation into Buckley Town Council offices.

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