Offas Dyke Path

Offa’s Dyke Path

Chepstow, Wales, United Kingdom

During the 8th century King Offa ordered a spectacular dyke to be constructed on the borders of what is now Wales to protect his Kingdom of Mercia. The earthen bank can be as much as 25 metres high in some places with a ditch to the western side.

Travel Offas Dyke Path

flickr image by John Clift

Stretching 177 miles from Sedbury Cliffs in Chepstow to Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish Sea, the Offa’s Dyke Path passes through eight counties and crosses the border between England and Wales twenty times. The walk can be done in sections or as one long hike over several weeks. A section has recently been adapted for disabled users.

Passing through the Welsh Marches, the stunning Brecon Beacons on the Hatterall Ridge the trail sweeps past towns like Hay on Wye. The Offa’s Dyke Path passes three areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Shropshire Hills, the Wye Valley and the Clwydian Mountains.

The whole journey takes around four days and there are many places along the route that can offer refreshments, meals and a room for the night. For a walk that combines history and some of the best natural beauty in Britain Offa’s Dyke Path is one to consider.

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