Following the English/Welsh border alongside the 8th Century Offa's Dyke this National Trail takes you through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of our native wildlife.
The journey of the Offa’s Dyke Path through the borderlands of England and Wales truly offers something for everyone. It is named after, and often follows, the spectacular dyke that King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century.
The landscape is always stunning, from riverside meadows to peaceful rolling hills of Shropshire and Powys and the dramatic heather clad uplands of the Black Mountains.
The Trail frequently follows the impressive Offa’s Dyke itself. This amazing hand-dug bank and ditch was built in the 8th century by command of King Offa of the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. It was probably intended to divide Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales, and some sections still form the England/Wales border today.
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History / Wildlife
Rolling Countryside / High Hills and Moorland / Connecting Towns and Villages
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This itinerary is offered by Celtic Trails, They believe that there is no better way to see and appreciate the natural world around us than through walking it. For over 20 years, they have had the pleasure of helping walkers on their journey, with their distinctive personalised service and character accommodations.
This tour includes 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Chepstow on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Knighton on morning of day 9. The option to walk the Trail over less days is also available.
This itinerary can be walked any time between March and October. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.
Your holiday will include a good standard accommodation at a mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible, breakfast, luggage transfers, personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary, route planning and a Walk Pack including a Trail Guide and Harvey’s map.
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Celtic Trails pride themselves on a good standard accommodation. You will be staying in a mix of accommodation including guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible. Breakfast will be provided. Wherever necessary transfer between your accommodation and the path is included.
This tour includes 8 nights’ accommodation.
Steep ascents and descents are not a common occurrence on this route, although walkers may find that the repeated rising and falling of the route can prove quite strenuous. Arguably, the most challenging sections are found between the Black Mountains, Knighton and Cwm, where there are several steep ascents and descents – though it almost goes without saying that the view from the Black Mountains is particularly memorable, and worth the climb.
In Wales there is a strong tradition of living off the land, stretching back as far as the ancient Celts. Food has historically been simple wholesome fare – thrifty dishes made with just a few simple, quality ingredients. Today Wales has a wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants, all waiting for you to enjoy.
The prime natural resources of Wales have shaped the country’s culinary tradition. Welsh lamb is justifiably world famous, farmed on the lush mountains and valleys. Cheese has long been a traditional food of Wales and award-winning varieties grace the cheese boards of homes and restaurants alike. Look out for Welsh specialities such as laverbread, bara brith and cawl – you might not get these at home!
If you’re gasping for a drink at the end of a long day on the Trail then you won’t be disappointed – Wales is well known for its beer. From the UK’s biggest family owned independent brewery, Brains, to small boutique breweries, most areas of Wales have a local brewery. You’ll also find local ciders and wines – there are over 20 Welsh vineyards, producing award winning wines.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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