Offa's Dyke Path

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Offa's Dyke Path
Offa's Dyke Path signpost. - geograph.org.uk - 501938.jpg
Offa's Dyke Path signpost in Denbighshire
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 following closely 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.

A marker post on Offa's Dyke path

Walking[edit]

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

Traveling 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,.[1] Following a man-made border and ancient monument, rather than natural features, the dyke path crosses a variety of landscapes. The route crosses the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills ,including the many ups and downs of the 'Switchback', 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 path 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-3.0517 (Offa's Dyke Centre)).[2] There used to be around 600 stiles along the route, but many of these have now been replaced by kissing gates.

Promotion[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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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