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              Trail Information

              Find useful facts and learn more about Offa's Dkye Path below.

              About the Trail

              Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile (285 Km) long walking trail. It is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Dyke King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century, probably to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales

              The Trail, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the coastal town of Prestatyn on the shores of the Irish sea. It passes through no less than eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times. The Trail explores the tranquil Marches (as the border region is known) and passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterrall Ridge. In addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Range / Dee Valley.

              Exploring the Trail

              The Trail passes through many different types of landscape. The upland stretches in the Brecon Beacons and Clwydian Range can be hard going in poor weather or visibility. The flattest stretch is the section which largely follows the River Severn and the Montgomeryshire Canal. Elsewhere it is largely a case of gentle ups and downs.

              The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.

              Offa’s Dyke Path can be walked right through the year.  Most people walk between April and October. Spring and early summer are best times to see the flora along the way.

              What is special about the Trail?

              The journey of the Offa’s Dyke Path through the borderlands of England and Wales truly offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll for an hour or two, or wish to undertake the whole Trail over a couple of weeks or more, a memorable walk amid spectacular countryside is guaranteed.

              The landscape is always stunning, from the riverside meadows of the Wye and Severn valleys to the peaceful rolling hills of Shropshire and Powys and the dramatic heather clad uplands of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian Range / Dee Valley.

              The Path passes through or near to many historic towns, including Chepstow, Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Kington, Presteigne, Knighton, Bishop’s Castle, Montgomery, Welshpool, Oswestry, Llangollen, Mold, Ruthin, Denbigh, and Prestatyn. Along the way you will discover majestic castles, quiet country churches, enigmatic Iron Age hillforts and enticing country pubs.

              And, of course, 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.

              Getting there

              By plane

              The closest airport to the northern end of the trail is Liverpool John Lennon. At the southern end, Cardiff Airport is nearest.

              By train

              Both ends of the Trail and several points along the route can be reached by train. Chepstow station is about 2 miles (3 Km) from the start of the Trail. Prestatyn station is about 0.3 miles (0.5 Km) from the northern end.

              There is station at Knighton, which is the mid-point of the trail, and home of the Offa’s Dyke Centre.

              For detailed rail information please see
              www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.

              By bus

              Local buses call at points on or near Offa’s Dyke Path.

              Hay Ho! is a year round bus service linking Hereford Railway Station and Hay-on-Wye on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The bus is timed to meet trains from London, the North West and the Midlands. For more information visit the Hay Ho! Facebook page.

              You can find up-to-date bus information on www.traveline.info.

              By car

              Chepstow, at the southern end of the trail is close to the M4 motorway with fast access to London. From the northern end a short drive leads to the M56 and M6 connecting to other parts of the country.

              If you want to leave your car in a public place whilst spending several days walking on the trail, we recommend that you inform the local police of your intentions. You may be able to leave your car with your accommodation provider.

              Accommodation List

              This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation near Offa’s Dyke Path covered.

              Download and print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail.

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