Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

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Following the route of an ancient earthwork claimed to have been created on the orders of King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century, the Offa's Dyke Path provides 177 miles of walking along the length of the England/Wales border.

It's a walk through beautiful scenery, where every day is different from the day before. And one where you spend much time with a giant dyke.

What more could anyone ask for?

Offa’s Dyke Path: A walk with history

Published 22 October 2023

Who was King Offa? And why did he build a giant dyke in the first place?

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 1: Sedbury Cliffs to Chepstow

Published 29 October 2023

Setting off from the southern end of the trail for a small amuse bouche of a walk.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 2 (Part 1): Chepstow to Bigsweir Bridge

Published 12 November 2023

From Chepstow, into Gloucestershire for muddy paths, the River Wye, the devil himself, and a rather dry Foggy.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 2 (Part 2): Bigsweir Bridge to Monmouth

Published 19 November 2023

Through the woods, a roundhouse, up and down hills, slipping in the mud, and a naval temple, all on the way to Monmouth.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 3 (Part 1): Monmouth to White Castle

Published 14 January 2024

Leaving Monmouth down a watery lane, into a forest, and all the way to a White Castle.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 3 (Part 2): White Castle to Pandy

Published 21 January 2024

Muddy paths, hilly views and the best pub of the whole trip.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 4 (Part 1): Pandy to the Black Mountains

Published 4 February 2024

The Black Mountains. The high point of the Path. Literally.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 4 (Part 2): The Black Mountains to Hay-on-Wye

Published 11 February 2024

Coming out of the cloud and into the views after leaving the Black Mountains

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 5: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

Published 3 March 2024

From Book Town to a Centre of Walking, via mud, lanes and several churches

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 6: Kington to Knighton

Published 10 March 2024

Through fields and mud, with broken poles, to the Town On the Dyke.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 7 (Part 1): Knighton to Newcastle

Published 24 March 2024

Back on the trail, with a lot of ups and downs.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 7 (Part 2): Newcastle to Brompton Crossroads

Published 31 March 2024

More ups, more downs, more tiredness. And a church.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 8 (Part 1): Brompton Crossroads to Forden

Published 14 April 2024

Fields of crops, straw for sale and more as the trail leaves Brompton.

Offa’s Dyke Path Stage 8 (Part 2): Forden to Buttington Bridge

Published 21 April 2024

Monkey puzzles, a windy hill, and a mighty fall as I arrive at the edge of Welshpool.

Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail - the trail highlights

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

Published 5 November 2023

Spoiler: It’s a lump of stone with a plaque attached.

Bigsweir Bridge

Published 26 November 2023

A bridge over the River Wye, on the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Can’t see the apples for the trees

Published 28 January 2024

Row upon row upon row of apple trees.

Sheltering from the rain in a church porch

Published 26 February 2024

If you’ve been following my Offa’s Dyke Path tales, you may have noticed that the trail goes past a lot of churches and chapels.

Herrock Hill

Published 17 March 2024

There may have been clouds in the sky, but the views put a spring in the step.

Enjoying the view from Panpunton Hill

Published 7 April 2024

Stunning views on a difficult walk.

Two Offa’s Dyke Path benches

Published 28 April 2024

Not your average trail resting places.

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I’ll keep on walking, no matter what

Published 23 July 2023

I get knocked down, I get up again, ain’t never gonna keep me down.

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Published 25 June 2023

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