COVID 19 Update. Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021

Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.

There is guidance in England and Wales on staying safe and protecting others in green spaces.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Offa’s Dyke Path crosses over the Welsh-English border many times. Please check the guidelines in both countries below before travelling to the trail.

All of Wales is now in Tier 4, the highest possible level with tighter restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus with essential travel only and non essential retail closing.

During Tier 4 lockdown, the path will only be available to those who are able to walk, run or cycle from their homes. Please follow our guidance for a safer time walking whilst adhering to the travel restrictions in place.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Wales are different to those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Regulations and guidance can change at very short notice so please keep up to date with latest guidance. Read the Welsh Government up to date coronavirus guidance

Check for the latest temporary path diversions.


Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:

  • must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
  • may leave your home to exercise once per day.
  • may exercise outside of your home with your household (or support bubble) or with one other person,
  • should not travel outside your local area, but you can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
  • must wear a face covering in most enclosed public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • must not go out for exercise if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.

Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:

  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  • Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.
  • Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
  • Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest an alternative route to protect other people and protect the natural environment.
  • Take the time to read signage. Respect the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing
  • Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Celebrating 50 years of Offa's Dyke Path

See what's happening on this historic trail's anniversary

Introducing the Trail

Find useful facts and learn more about Offa's Dyke Path below.

About the Trail

Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile (285 Km) long walking trail. It is named after, and often follows, the spectacular Dyke 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

There are route descriptions in the Further Information section of this website

The Trail, which was opened in the summer of 1971, links 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 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 Hatterrall Ridge. In addition it links no less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Wye Valley, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Range / Dee Valley.

The Trail passes through many different types of landscape. The upland stretches in the Brecon Beacons and Clwydian Range can be hard going in poor weather or visibility. The flattest stretch is the section which largely follows the River Severn and the Montgomeryshire Canal. Elsewhere it is largely a case of gentle ups and downs.

The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.

Offa’s Dyke Path can be walked right through the year.  Most people walk between April and October. Spring and early summer are best times to see the flora along the way.

What is special about the Trail?

The journey of the Offa’s Dyke Path through the borderlands of England and Wales truly offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll for an hour or two, or wish to undertake the whole Trail over a couple of weeks or more, a memorable walk amid spectacular countryside is guaranteed.

The landscape is always stunning, from the riverside meadows of the Wye and Severn valleys to the peaceful rolling hills of Shropshire and Powys and the dramatic heather clad uplands of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian Range / Dee Valley.

The Path passes through or near to many historic towns, including Chepstow, Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Kington, Presteigne, Knighton, Bishop’s Castle, Montgomery, Welshpool, Oswestry, Llangollen, Mold, Ruthin, Denbigh, and Prestatyn. Along the way you will discover majestic castles, quiet country churches, enigmatic Iron Age hillforts and enticing country pubs.

And, of course, the Trail frequently follows the impressive Offa’s Dyke itself. This amazing hand-dug bank and ditch was built in the 8th century by command of King Offa of the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. It was probably intended to divide Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales, and some sections still form the England/Wales border today.

Latest News

Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

Events

Take a look at our Events calendar to find details of the enjoyable events that are taking place along the trail.  If you want, you can even add your own event.

Offa’s Dyke Association & Centre

Information for the Offa's Dyke Path

The Association is the friends’ group for Offa’s Dyke Path and Offa’s Dyke the ancient monument.

Find out more about the Association. For Offa’s Dyke Path guidebooks, maps & walkers’ Passports visit the online shop.

Trail Itineraries

Offa's Dyke Path

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DAYS

14

DISTANCE

285km

Discover dramatic landscapes, ancient castles and amazing aqueducts.

Explore the rolling hills of the English-Welsh border from Chepstow to Prestatyn. Discover majestic castles, quiet country churches, enigmatic Iron Age hillforts and enticing country pubs.

Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.