Offa’s Dyke Path winds its way through stunning landscapes on the edges of England and Wales between Chepstow on the River Severn to Prestatyn on the North Wales coast.
The path is inspired by, and closely follows, Offa’s Dyke for roughly 40 miles of its length. Dating back to the 8th century, the iconic earthwork monument of Offa’s Dyke stands up to eight metres high and was built on the command of King Offa as a divide between the two kingdoms.
Today, on its journey from sea to sea the path weaves through the rolling valleys, heather-clad mountains and leafy woodlands of eight counties and three of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (The Wye Valley, The Shropshire Hills and The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley), as well as the Brecon Beacons National Park. The panoramic views available throughout have led to international acclaim – it was even named one of the world’s greatest walks by Lonely Planet. From sea to sea, the trail takes hikers through traditional rural towns and hamlets, home to cosy pubs, stunning landscapes and innumerable heritage hotspots.
This rich diversity is why Offa’s Dyke Path remains one of Britain’s iconic long distance walking routes.
Be part of the celebrations that champion the landscapes of the borderlands along with its rich history and cultural significance. Uncover the stories from the past 50 years of Offa’s Dyke Path.
New ITV Series Wonders of the Border on Offa’s Dyke Path
The Offa’s Dyke Path is to be the star of a new tv series being broadcast by ITV during April and May.
Wonders of the Border will see Good Morning Britain and Countryfile presenter Sean Fletcher visit more than 50 locations along the 177 mile National Trail and meet some of the amazing variety of people who have made the borderlands between Wales and England their home.
The series will be broadcast on ITV Cymru Wales from 7.30pm on Thursday 15th April with a network broadcast of the six-part series planned for ITV viewers across the UK later in the year.
After a hugely successful series hiking along the Welsh coast, Sean Fletcher returns to highlight life along the Welsh border with a new six part series about Offa’s Dyke. Follow Sean and get inspired as he visits some of the trail’s iconic locations, showcases the scenery and meets a few of the friendly locals. Follow the adventure with the hashtag, #WondersOfTheBorder.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Offa’s Dyke Path, we asked members of the Long Distance Walkers Association for their memories of this National Trail.
Find out from Walkers are Welcome why the Offa’s Dyke Path is so important
Read about one family’s adventures on the Offa’s Dyke Path 50 years ago.
Denbighshire’s Marketing Officer Fiona Dolben celebrates the trail in her evocative blog.
Listen to Prof. Watkins’ beautiful composition written especially for the occasion.
Music on Offa
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Offa’s Dyke Path remains one of the UK’s greatest long distance walking trails. To commemorate the anniversary, we are stepping back in time and reconnecting with those that have created loving memories along the path throughout the years. Offa’s Dyke Path will be sharing photos and stories submitted by members of the hiking community to highlight the rich variety of experiences available along the breath-taking borderlands.
Follow us and share your stories and photos via social media using #OffasDykePath50.
As part of the 50th anniversary 25 new themed itineraries on the most iconic stretches, suitable for various abilities will be launched, focused on a number of different themes.
More information coming soon.
Dan Llywelyn Hall’s Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa Exhibition