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Offas Dyke Path Walking Guide

This long-distance footpath which runs 177 miles (285 km.) from Chepstow north to Prestatyn. The England Wales border is followed closely, and the path is close to or follows the remains of the Offa's Dyke earthwork for about 60 miles (100 km.). There is some uncertainty as to when the dyke was constructed but many consider the 8th century to be the most probable date.

Offas Dyke Path

The route passes through some varied scenery, providing a perfect introduction to the hills, valleys, and farmland typical of the Welsh Marches. Starting from Chepstow on the Secern Estuary in South Wales, the path heads north up the Wye Valley through the Forest of Dean to reach Monmouth. As you progress north up the trail, highlights include the Hatterall Ridge in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Clun Forest, the rolling hills of Shropshire, the limestone escarpment of Eglwyseg north of Llangollen, the Clwydian Hills and a descent to the Irish Sea and the North Wales coast at Prestatyn.

Most walkers complete the National Trail in twelve days. Like all long-distance paths there are sections where the undulating route crosses hills and can be quite demanding. Other sections cross flatter terrain where more rapid progress can be anticipated.

For more information on this area visit the
official web site for Offas Dyke Path

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