Offa's Dyke Path
|Offa's Dyke Path|
Offa's Dyke Path signpost in Denbighshire
|Length||177 mi (285 km)|
|Elevation gain/loss||9,085 metres (29,806 ft)|
|Highest point||Hatterrall Ridge, 703 m (2,306 ft)|
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. About 60 miles (97 km) of the 177-mile (285 km) route either follows, or keeps close company with, the remnants of Offa's Dyke, an earthwork, most of which was probably constructed in the late 8th century on the orders of King Offa of Mercia.
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. Following a man-made border and the ancient monument of Offa's Dyke, 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.
The route passes through the counties of Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Powys, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Wrexham, Denbighshire and Flintshire. The Welsh Marches (Marchia Wallie) is a term used to describe this border region between England and Wales, since it was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.
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 (Coordinates: ). There used to be around 600 stiles along the route, but many of these have now been replaced by kissing gates.
a certain vigorous king called Offa......had a great dyke built between Wales and Mercia from sea to sea.— Asser
Places on the route and highlights on or near the trail: 
Chepstow to Monmouth
- Sedbury Cliffs: Severn Estuary, Severn Bridge
- Chepstow: Chepstow Castle, River Wye
- View of Tintern Abbey from the Devil's Pulpit
- Redbrook: Iron railway bridge
- The Kymin naval temple
Monmouth to Hay-on-Wye
- Monmouth: Monnow Bridge
- White Castle
- Llangattock Lingoed: St Cadoc's church
- Hatterall Ridge is the highest point on the trail at 703-metre (2,306 ft)
- Black Mountains
Hay-on-Wye to Knighton
- Hergest Ridge with wild ponies, 425-metre (1,394 ft)
- Hawthorn Hill, 406-metre (1,332 ft)
Knighton to Montgomery
- Knighton: Offa's Dyke visitor centre
- Panpunton Hill, 374-metre (1,227 ft)
- Cwm-Sanaham Hill 406-metre (1,332 ft)
- Llanfair Hill, highest point of the dyke at 430-metre (1,410 ft)
- Churchtown and Edenhope Hill
Montgomery to Llanymynech
- Beacon Ring Iron Age hill fort (Caer Digoll)
- Alongside Montgomery Canal and dyke beside River Severn
- Four Crosses
Llanymynech to Trevor
- Moelydd, 285-metre (935 ft)
- Oswestry old racecourse at Racecourse Common
- Chirk Castle
- Llangollen Canal
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (World Heritage Site) over the River Dee
Trevor to Prestatyn
- Llangollen Castle
- Eglwyseg Crags
- Llandegla Forest (with mountain bike trails)
- Clwydian Range of hills:
- Around Moel-Y-Plas, 440-metre (1,440 ft), Moel Llanfair, 447-metre (1,467 ft), Moel Gyw, 467-metre (1,532 ft) and Foel Fenlli, 511-metre (1,677 ft)
- Moel Famu, 555-metre (1,821 ft) and Jubilee Tower at summit
- Around Moel Dywyll, 472-metre (1,549 ft), Moel Llys-Y-Coed, 465-metre (1,526 ft) and Moel Arthur, 455-metre (1,493 ft)
- Pen-Y-Cloddiau hill fort at 440-metre (1,440 ft)
- Prestatyn: Offa's Dyke Monument on the beach
Promotion and media
Various bodies on either side of the border are collaborating on a sustainable tourism partnership, a principal 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.
- "Long Distance Walkers Association". www.ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Mileages along the Path (South to North)". Offa's Dyke Association. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Carter, Keith (2011). Offa's Dyke Path. Trailblazer Publications. ISBN 978-1-905864-35-5.
- "A History of The Welsh Marches". www.ludlow.org.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "The Offa's Dyke Centre in Knighton, Powys". Offa's Dyke Association. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Walking along an ancient border". BBC. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
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