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21 Jan 2008
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Offa's Dyke Path

A journey through the border country of England and Wales

by David Hunter
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook describes the Offa's Dyke National Trail Path, a 177 mile long-distance walk along the English / Welsh border from Chepstow to Prestatyn. The guide is split into 15 day stages, with flexibility to plan itineraries. The earthwork dyke was constructed by King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century.

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The Offa's Dyke Path is one of 3 National Trails in Wales, and was officialy opened in 1971. This guidebook describes the walk in 15 stages, and has been designed to allow some flexibility in following the official route, offering suggestions for circular walks covering sections of the dyke, as well as detours to places of interest and to accommodation options.

The Offa's Dyke Path is a popular choice among long-distance walkers, and is signed and waymarked throughout. The walk makes its way through varied, sometimes wild, often remote, and frequently superb scenery - including the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains, Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Range - and it can be completed comfortably in less than a fortnight.

Offa's Dyke was constructed by the powerful King of Mercia in the late eighth century to mark out the western boundary of his kingdom. Hundreds of years later this great linear earthwork became the inspiration for the National Trail traversing the border country of England and Wales. Starting from Sedbury Cliffs in the south, on the River Severn close to Chepstow, heading north to Prestatyn near the estuary of the Dee.

Several other routes, both national and regional are close to, cross or share the Offa's Dyke Path:

  • Seasons
    It is possible to walk this National Trail at any time of the year.
  • Difficulty
    The Offas Dyke route includes some remote regions such as the Black Mountains as well as gentler countryside, and makes a good two-week walk.
  • Must See
    Offas Dyke path is a really good long-distance walk that runs along the great earthwork. Plenty of digressions and history along the way.

Update to the 2008 Second Edition

pages 68 and 70, Llantilio Crossenny

The village inn, The Hostry, has now closed.

This update has been incorporated into the text of the 2011 reprint.


Offa's Dyke Path: the Route
Historical Setting
Practical Matters
Maps, Waymarking and Route Description
Changes Along the Dyke
Clothing and Equipment
The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Mercia
Offa's Dyke
The Border Today
Other Long-distance Routes
The Offa's Dyke Path
1 Sedbury Cliffs to Monmouth The Lower Wye Valley
2 Monmouth to Pandy Sheep Country
3 Pandy to Hay-on-Wye Crossing the Black Mountains
4 Hay-on-Wye to Kington In the Steps of the Drovers
5 Kington to Knighton Back to the Dyke
6 Knighton to Newcastle Teme to Clun
7 Newcastle to Montgomery Crossing the Oldest Road
8 Montgomery to Buttington Bridge (for Welshpool) Over the Long Mountain
9 Welshpool (via Buttington Bridge) to Llanymynech Waterside Walking
10 Llanymynech to River Morda (for Oswestry) The Quarry Way
11 Oswestry (via River Morda) to Trevor Rocks (for Llangollen) The Last of the Dyke
12 Llangollen (via Trevor Rocks) to Pen-y-stryt Under Eglwyseg Rocks and Over the Moor
13 Pen-y-stryt to Bwlch Penbarra The Clwydian Range
14 Bwlch Penbarra to Bodfari Mother of the Mountains
15 Bodfari to Prestatyn The Last Lap
Appendix One Useful Information
Tourist Information Offices
Places of Interest
Appendix Two Mileage Chart
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