Links with: Glyndŵr's Way
This splendid route takes walkers through the border country of England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea via Knighton, Welshpool and Llangollen. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times although Wales can take ownership for the greater part of the trail with two thirds of the route within its borders.
Around 60 miles of the route is alongside the 8th century earthwork of Offa’s Dyke itself. The spectacular dyke was built by King Offa, most likely to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival strongholds in what is now Wales. It is a magnificent trail where beautiful views are plentiful from the limestone cliffs of the lower Wye Valley, to the famous Black Mountains, Shropshire Hills and Clywdian Hills.
The trail is not as challenging as some more mountainous routes but it can be boggy in places, and involves both climbs and descents especially on the 15 mile route between Knighton and Brompton Crossroads.
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Did you know the Offa's Dyke Path takes an average of 12 days to complete?
Ramblers volunteer Tony Drake was a driving force behind the creation of the Offa’s Dyke Path. He was also a leading light in the Offa’s Dyke Association, which produces annual guides on public transport and accommodation.