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Walk the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail with a Cicerone guidebook

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14 Mar 2016
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Offa's Dyke Path

by Mike Dunn
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook describes Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, a 177 mile (283km) long-distance walk along the English and 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. 

  • Activities
    Walking, hiking, trekking, history, geology
  • Seasons
    This walk is exceptional in all seasons, though the Black Mountains and Clwydian range deserve respect in winter conditions, and especially in mist, since there are few landmarks on the Black Mountain ridge
  • Centres
    Chepstow, Hay-on-Wye, Kington, Bishops Castle, Montgomery, Welshpool, Oswestry, Llangollen, Denbigh, Prestatyn
  • Difficulty
    The trail includes a couple of unavoidably long stages and there are some mountain and moorland stages, but the route poses no special difficulties and caters for walkers of all levels of ability provided that sensible advance planning is undertaken
  • Must See
    Geology - limestone gorge of the lower Wye, igneous intrusions around Hergest ridge, Breidden Hills dolerite, limestone escarpments north of Llangollen Uplands - Black Mountain moorlands, remote Clun Forest, Clwydian ridge Lowlands - orchards and meadows, Montgomery canal, broad Severn valley Historical attractions - Tintern abbey and Llanthony priory, border castles, Pontcysyllte aqueduct

June 2016

Page 153

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.

May 2016

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
Baggage transfer
What to take
Planning day by day
Using this guide
Maps and GPS
Weather forecasts
Phones and wi-fi
All about the Welsh Marches
Geology and landscape
Plants and wildlife
Border prehistory
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
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