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8. Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

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Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

To walk the 177 mile (285 km) Offa's Dyke Path is to explore both spectacular landscapes and the history of the Anglo-Welsh border. This National Trail 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 is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Dyke which King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century, to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales.
 
Offa’s Dyke makes use of natural boundaries such as rivers, and is basically a long earthwork, up to 20 feet high and 60 feet wide in places.

This was once the demarcation line between England and Wales, and although today’s border crosses the dyke many times, the basic boundary has changed little in 1200 years.

According to author George Borrow in his book Wild Wales, “ It was customary for the English to cut off the ears of every Welshman who was found to the east of the dyke, and for the Welsh to hang every Englishman whom they found to the west of it.”
 
The trail passes through eight different counties and crosses the border between England and Wales over 20 times. It explores the tranquil Marches (border region) and runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park on the spectacular Hatterall Ridge. The trail also links three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley and the Shropshire and Clwydian Hills. 
 
Although people have completed the trail in four days, two weeks is more realistic for the whole journey. Many choose to complete short sections in day trips, or the whole Trail over many weeks, months or years! There are regular places to stay, eat, and drink in the vicinity of the Trail and public transport is available to key points.
 
You can plan your route by visiting the Offa's Dyke National Trail website below. 
 
Offa's Dyke Centre has an attractive interactive exhibition allowing visitors to explore the Dyke, its associated long distance footpath and the border area in general, through interactive displays and panels.
 
The exhibits cover the construction of Offa's Dyke, Welsh Princes of the Anglo-Saxon period, the flora and fauna of the area and the history of Knighton.

The Offa's Dyke Centre Address:
The Offa's Dyke Centre
Knighton
Powys
LD7 1EN
Wales, UK

The Offa's Dyke Centre Opening Times:
9.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday to Monday
9.00am to 1.00pm Wednesday
Closed Tuesday

The Offa's Dyke Centre Admission:
Free - contributions welcome 
 

More places to visit and things to do in Wales

The Offa's Dyke Centre location
Accommodation and eating out in Knighton
The Knighton Hotel, Broad Street, T. 01547 520530
Fleece House, B&B, High Street, T. 01547 520168
The Horse and Jockey, Pub, Station Road
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