At the southern end of the Offa’s Dyke Path National

Published 5 November 2023

A stone monument at Sedbury Cliffs, with a plaque on it commemorating the southern end of the Offa's Dyke Path.
A big lump of rock marks the southern end of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Over the years of trail walking, I’ve seen the start/finish points of trails marked in many different ways. There’s been large metal structures. Some have benches, made of all manner of materials. Others have interpretation boards. There’s even been a statue of someone rubbing their feet. Some trails have a simple directional signpost. And there’s been one or two where there’s been nothing at all.

I can’t think of any others I’ve seen where there’s been a lump of stone, or rock, or whatever it is, with a plaque attached to it.

But sat on Sedbury Cliffs, overlooking the Severn Estuary, sits a lump of stone, with a plaque attached, that marks the southern end of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.

It’s simple. It’s pretty effective. And, if truth be told, seems to have no real connection to the trail. Shouldn’t there be some sort of representation of King Offa, who demanded the dyke that takes his name be built? Or maybe even a mini monument that looks like a dyke?

Still, it looks nice. And is just the right for you to sit on, if you really want to. Maybe if you’ve just finished your 177 mile journey.

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