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 177miles / 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 on the spectacular Hatterall Ridge. In addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills.
Although (mad!) people have been rumoured to complete the Trail in four days, more typically two weeks are 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. For details see the Planning a Trip section of this website.
However you chose to visit the Trail we are confident that you will enjoy your visit to a truly spectacular and fascinating part of Britain.