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Offa's Dyke Path National Trail

Offa's Dyke PathThe Trail takes its name from the 8th. Century king Offa, who built an earthwork to define the English Welsh border and keep out the Celts. The trail follows this archaeological route for about 100km of its length. The first part of the route follows the beautiful, wooded Wye Valley and then crosses the pastoral landscape of the Monmouthshire lowlands. The route then climbs into the Black Mountains where there is a demanding hill walk along Hatterall Ridge, which definitely requires compass navigation in poor visibility. Do not attempt this walk without OS 1:25,000 maps and a guide book and having researched escape possibilities.

After Hay-on Wye the route crosses the sparsely populated beautiful Radnorshire Hills, where constant climbs once again make for strenuous walking. After Clun Forest the trail descends to the Vale of Montgomery, follows the eastern edge of the Berwyn Hills and then descends to the river Dee near Llangollen. From here the long final section crosses the high open hills of the Clwydian Range before descending to the coast and Prestatyn.

 

 

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Start: Chepstow

Grid Ref: ST 556929

End: Prestatyn

Grid Ref: SJ 092851

Distance: 288 km

Walking Time: 15 days

Counties Traversed
Gloucestershire
Hereford
Worcestershire
Shropshire
Powys
Wrexham
Denbighshire

Explorer™ Maps
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