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Offa’s Dyke Path

Offa’s Dyke Path was opened in the summer of 1971, linking 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, probably to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales.

In its 177 miles/285 kilometres 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 and also three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Although people have been rumoured to complete Offa’s Dyke Path in four days, more typically two weeks is about right for the whole journey. Of course, many people choose to complete only short sections in day trips or to complete 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.

The section within Wrexham has perhaps the most impressive structure on the entire route: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, it is a Grade I Listed Building and is currently awaiting confirmation of World Heritage status.

For more information, please visit the Offa’s Dyke Path website.