Offa's Dyke Path

   
  • Route:
    Chepstow to Prestatyn
  • Grade:
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • Distance:
    177 Miles (285 Kms)

  • Walking Days:
    14-15 Days, Walking 12-13 Miles A Day

Offa's Dyke Path is the 177-mile national trail following the man-made dyke between England and Wales. This impressive earthwork was built by King Offa of Mercia during the 8th century to mark the border with Wales. For over half its length the path keeps company with the dyke. Sometimes it is a great bank up to 25ft (7.6 metres) high and others it is no more than a hedgerow or a ridge across a ploughed field. At times it disappears completely. The path starts near Chepstow, on the Severn estuary, passing through the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains and the Radnorshire Hills. Chepstow, with its prominent Norman Castle; Lower Redbrook valley, where forges and farms were worked; the 13th century bridge at Monmouth; Hay-on-Wye, famous for books; Knighton - the halfway point - Welshpool, Llangollen, the Clwyd hills and Prestatyn; no two days are the same and the scenery is so diverse.
Near Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern

Near Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern

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