Circular and Linear Walks

Towering hillsides on Offa's Dyke Path

Circular and Linear Walks

Straddle the border on this walk of wonders. Offa’s engineers took a short cut to meet their King’s demands, marking the mineral wealth of Llanymynech as Mercian by building on the ramparts of a much earlier and massive Iron Age fort. The Romans were first to mine here, pre-dating Offa’s engineers by some margin. But Victorian engineering surpassed them all, cutting these steep cliffs and building canals and railways to remove their spoils.



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This walk takes you on a circular route which links the towpath with celebrated footpaths in this area. Head north along the
Montgomery canal from Arddleen to Four Crosses. Here, join the Offa’s Dyke path, heading south through open farmland
to join the Severn Way. Rejoin the canal towpath at Pool Quay and pass by Burgedin Locks before entering Arddleen.

• Full walk 11.5 miles / 18.5km
• Shorter walk via Pool Quay : 7.5 miles / 12km
• Shorter walk via Four Crosses : 7 miles / 11.2km

 



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A great black hound with flaming eyes haunts the hills of Kington and is said to have inspired Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. From Hergest Ridge you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of a post-glacial landscape. A curious dog’s leg in the line of Offa’s Dyke on Rushock Hill leads you to the highest 18-hole golf course in England. But don’t play around or the dog will get you!

Check out PDF for details of shorter route and additional links.



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This 6.5 mile route starts near the Railway Station (grid reference SJ 285 378) and links Chirk with Chirk castle, Offas Dyke National Trail and the River Ceiriog.

'The walk takes you through many areas of scenic beauty, making the walk worthwhile and enjoyable in all seasons.

It should be noted that this route may be muddy in places and suitable footwear is recommended. There are also stiles, steep slopes and busy roads to negotiate. The route is not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or small children.

Note - Between 1st of October and 31st of March please use the alternative route which bypasses Chirk Castle

Parking

There is limited on-street parking near the Railway Station.

Public Transport

There are regular services at the start of this walk. Please call 01978 266166 for bus information or see our online bus timetables.

Map

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 255 & 256 covers the area but the extract supplied will be all you need for the walk.



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So close to Knighton, at the edge of Offa’s kingdom, this challenging walk reaches the Dyke at its most impressive. If that’s not enough reward, the views surely are. In the crystal clear skies of spring the snow-capped mountains of Wales glitter on the horizon. Closer to your feet, the castellated ramparts of Knucklas viaduct echo the legendary defences of Arthurian Knucklas Castle.

See PDF below for shorter route



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Explore the Monmouthshire countryside on foot, horse or mountain bike for a great family day out.

Enjoy spectacular views towards the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, keep your eyes peeled for lots of wonderful wildlife, and discover hidden heritage on the 5.5 mile Tread and Trot Trail.

Dating back to 1627 the magnificent Treowen House is a must see on this trail and may be the tallest house in Monmouthshire. It’s definitely a landmark in the landscape. 

Like visiting castles? Stop off at the ruins of Dingestow Castle, one of over 400 castles in Wales. 

Download the Tread and Trot Trails for a great interactive experience for the whole family, or see the route on Viewranger.

See the Visit Wales website for more information and other ideas for great walks and things to do in Wales.



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A circular walk from the village of Graigfechan, which links to Offa's Dyke Path National Trail and takes in views of the Vale of Clwyd and beyond.



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This lovely circular walk takes you through the beautiful countryside of churchstoke, through woodlands and nature reserves walkers will be able to see everything from the remains of the Iron Age hillfort as well as the quarry and mining near Todleth Hill.

  • Distance: 8.8km

For more Archaeological Information on this town including a map with interactive pointers please click the link: CPAT Maps

 



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This interesting circular walk takes you through the town of knighton, showing all the historic houses that the town has to offer some dating back to the 17th century.

  • Distance: 2km

For more Archaeological Information on this town including a map with interactive pointers please click the link: CPAT Maps



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This beautiful circular walk takes you through the countryside of llanymynech, taking walkers along a canal, next to the remains of a hillfort and through a golf course.

  • Distance: 6.6km

For more Archaeological Information on this town including a map with interactive pointers please click the link: CPAT Maps



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Interactive Map

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