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This guidebook describes Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, a 177-mile long-distance walk along the English-Welsh border between Sedbury (near Chepstow) and Prestatyn. The guidebook is split into 12 stages with suggestions for planning alternative itineraries. With 1:25K OS map booklet.
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This guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet - describes Offa's Dyke Path National Trail from south to north, following the longest linear earthwork in Britain, running 177 miles along the English-Welsh border between Sedbury (near Chepstow) and Prestatyn on the north Wales Coast. It links the Severn Estuary and the Irish Sea, following the longest linear earthwork in Britain, contouring above the Wye and Dee, visiting hillforts and Norman castles and exploring the hidden heritage of the Marches. The route is exceptional in all seasons, although the Black Mountains and Clwydian range deserve respect in winter conditions.
The guidebook splits one of Britain's classic trails into 12 stages, with suggestions for alternative 8 and 16 day schedules. This is a long but not too difficult walk for walkers of all abilities. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS mapping. A trek planner gives at a glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the route. Also included is a convenient booklet of 1:25,000 OS maps, which provides all the mapping needed to complete the trail.
The walk is astonishingly varied, taking in the lower Wye gorge, the Severn and the Dee rift valley, the pastures and woodlands of the border country, the remote moorland of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian range, and the dramatic limestone escarpments of Eglwyseg mountain. What makes it even more special is over 60 miles walking alongside the Saxon earthwork of Offa's Dyke, the path sometimes on the Dyke and sometimes alongside.
Good news from Llandegla, where a new community-run shop incorporating a cafe has been established to replace the village shop and post office, which closed in 2015. In addition the village church has recently developed a visitor centre including displays on local history and places of interest.
Pages 10, 19, 106 & 181
Springhill Farm, north of Knighton on Stage 6 of the trail, no longer offers camping or bed-and-breakfast accommodation. This also affects the alternative itineraries listed on page 19 of the guide, although fortunately, there are a few alternatives in and close to Newcastle-upon-Clun, only a mile or so further north along the trail. In addition to the Quarry House (listed on page 181) the Crown Inn has now fully reopened, and Little Hall Cottage also offers b&b.
|From the Severn to the Irish Sea|
|Planning your trip|
|Selecting a schedule|
|When to go|
|Travel to the Path|
|Transport along the Path|
|First and last nights|
|What to take|
|Planning day by day|
|Using this guide|
|Maps and GPS|
|Phones and wi-fi|
|All about the Welsh Marches|
|Geology and landscape|
|Plants and wildlife|
|Offa and the Dyke|
|The Welsh Marches after Offa|
|Offa’s Dyke Path|
|Stage 1 Above the Lower Wye Gorge|
|Stage 2 Sheep and cider in remote Monmouthshire|
|Stage 3 Crossing the Black Mountains|
|Stage 4 Gladestry and Hergest Ridge|
|Stage 5 The Radnorshire Hills|
|Stage 6 Ups and downs in deepest Shropshire|
|Stage 7 The Vale of Montgomery and Long Mountain|
|Stage 8 Across the Severn valley|
|Stage 9 Exploring the unknown Marches|
|Stage 10 The Vale of Llangollen and Eglwyseg Rocks|
|Stage 11 The Clwydian Range|
|Stage 12 Northern hills and coast|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|
|Appendix B Accommodation along the route|
|Appendix C Topographical Welsh glossary|
|Appendix D Further reading|