Offa's Dyke Path

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Offas Dyke Path
Llwybr clawdd offa.jpg
A marker post on Offa's Dyke
Length 285 km (177 mi)
Location English/Welsh border
Designation National Trail
Trailheads Sedbury51°37′57″N 2°38′54″W / 51.6324°N 2.6482°W / 51.6324; -2.6482 (Offa's Dyke Path, Sedbury trailhead)
Prestatyn53°20′32″N 3°24′45″W / 53.3423°N 3.4126°W / 53.3423; -3.4126 (Offa's Dyke Path, Prestatyn trailhead)
Use Hiking
Hiking details
Season All year

Offa's Dyke Path (Welsh: Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is a long-distance footpath along the Wales–England border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain's National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world. Much of the 283-kilometre (176 mi) route either follows, or keeps close company with, the remnants of Offa's Dyke, an 8th-century earthwork, the majority of which was probably constructed on the orders of Mercian King Offa.


The summit of the Black Mountain crossed by the Offa's Dyke Path

Most walkers travel south to north, starting by the Severn Estuary, at Sedbury, near Chepstow, and finishing at Prestatyn on the north coast. The walk will take an average walker roughly 12 days to complete, although this can vary depending on individual fitness, attitude, the weather, age and experience.[1] Following a man-made border and ancient monument, rather than natural features, the dyke crosses a variety of different landscapes. The route crosses the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills (including the many ups and downs of the 'Switchback', for many walkers the hardest part of the walk), the Eglwyseg moors north of Llangollen, and the Clwydian Range.

It passes through, or close to, the towns of Chepstow, Monmouth, Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye, Kington, Knighton, Montgomery and then in and around the North Wales towns and villages of Llangollen, Llandegla, Clwyd Gate, Bodfari and Dyserth.

The half-way point of the walk is marked by the Offa's Dyke Centre in Knighton (52°20′45″N 3°03′06″W / 52.3458°N 3.0517°W / 52.3458; -3.0517 (Offa's Dyke Centre)Coordinates: 52°20′45″N 3°03′06″W / 52.3458°N 3.0517°W / 52.3458; -3.0517 (Offa's Dyke Centre)).[2] One important factor to bear in mind is the fact that there are around 600 stiles along the route.

a certain vigorous king called Offa......had a great dyke built between Wales and Mercia from sea to sea.



Various bodies on either side of the border are collaborating on a sustainable tourism partnership, a principle focus of which is Walking with Offa, both on the trail but also in what has been dubbed Offa's Country i.e. in a corridor along the border.


  1. ^ "Mileages along the Path (South to North)". Offa's Dyke Association. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Offa's Dyke Centre in Knighton, Powys". Offa's Dyke Association. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 

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