Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail 50th Anniversary – 1971-2021

Discover, explore and uncover the stories of the Offa’s Dyke Path in celebration of its 50th anniversary year…

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The 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.

Offa's Dyke Path, Cyrn-y-Brain, aerial view of trail snaking through heather in bloom, summer, Denbighshire
Offa’s Dyke Path, Cyrn-y-Brain, Denbighshire

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. The Path 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. Here’s how you can join the festivities, champion the landscapes of the borderlands and celebrate 50 years of the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Anniversary Walks

There is a series of anniversary walks that will explore a different stretch of the Offa’s Dyke Path in celebration of its 50th year.

Choose which walk to do here.

Share your ODP50 memories:

To celebrate the special anniversary we’re asking you to share your memories of the Path ― whether experienced last week or sometime within the last five decades.

With thousands of people completing the path every year, we know this trail holds a special place in so many people’s hearts. So, from chance encounters with rare wildlife to family adventures, we’d love to hear your stories of the Path ― and see your photos too.

To get involved simply share your memory ― whether it’s an anecdote, photograph or even a piece of art inspired by the Path ― by:

Our fifty favourite memories of our 50th anniversary year will be awarded with a special ODP50 keyring in December 2021.

To explore the fascinating memories we’ve already received, please visit the Offa’s Dyke Path 50 Memories Group on Facebook and explore our Instagram.

Keep an eye out for our brand-new ODP50 waymarkers:

Celebratory waymarker Offa's Dyke 50th anniversary
Offa’s Dyke Path 50th anniversary waymarker

What’s more, a collection of brand-new, 50th anniversary way-markers have been installed along the Path to mark the milestone occasion.

If you spot one of these celebratory signs while out enjoying the Path, take a selfie and share it with us on social media. Each walker who shares a selfie with the hashtag, #OffasDykePath50, will also receive one of our limited edition ODP50 keyrings, while stock lasts. Once you’ve shared your selfie, please send your postal address to ODP50@equinox.wales to claim your free keyring.

In line with GDPR, your personal information will not be used for any other purpose and will be removed from our system once your keyring has been sent by post.

Admire Offa’s Dyke Path-inspired artwork at the Offa’s Dyke Association and Centre

To mark the occasion, a brand-new exhibition by Welsh artist, Dan Llywelyn Hall, will launch at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton on Saturday 10 July 2021.

New paintings inspired by the Offa’s Dyke monument and Path will be on display from Saturday 10 July until October, 2021, for members of the public to enjoy at a safe and social distance.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Carreg Gwalch will release a bilingual publication in commemoration of the Path’s milestone — featuring 14 newly commissioned poems by leading Welsh poets including, Poet Laureate of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn. This will be available for purchase.

Meanwhile, poetry by Gillian Clarke, Owen Sheers, Twm Morris, Robert Minhinnick, Menna Elfyn, Oliver Lomax, Sian Dafydd, Laura Wainwright, Eric Ngalle Charles, Geraint Jon, Emma van Woerkom  and Clare Potter will also feature in the book, with each verse inspired by the Offa’s Dyke Path itself.

What’s more, six of these poems have been turned into a series of short films in celebration of the Path’s milestone anniversary. These can be enjoyed on the Offa’s Dyke Path Facebook page.

Find out more about Dan Llywelyn Hall’s latest exhibition, Walking with Offa / Cerdded Gydag Offa, and how to book a safe and socially distanced visit, here.

Dan Llywelyn Hall’s Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa Exhibition

And if that’s not enough…

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Offa’s Dyke Path, we asked members of the Long Distance Walkers Association to share their memories along the National Trail. Find out from Walkers are Welcome why the Offa’s Dyke Path is so important.

Click here to read about one family’s adventures along the Offa’s Dyke Path from 50 years ago, or listen to Prof. Watkins’ beautiful composition written especially for the milestone occasion.

‘Today I had the great privilege of sitting with Prof. David Watkins – one of the country’s finest harpists.

He’s composing a new piece for Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa. Here he is playing a Welsh sonata’.

Explore the Path at home with ITV’s Wonders of the Border series:

Sean Fletcher TV presenter walking Offa's Dyke Path with hills in the background
Sean Fletcher walking the Offa’s Dyke Path

Catch up with ITV’s latest series of Wonders of the Border, which follows Countryfile Good Morning Britain presenter, Sean Fletcher’s walking journey along the Offa’s Dyke Path.

 The six-part series sees Sean visit more than 50 locations along the 177-mile, linear Trail and meet some of the amazing people and local businesses that have made the borderlands between Wales and England their home.

To catch up on the series, which aired in Wales between April-May 2021, visit itv.com/wales programmes.

A network broadcast of the six-part series is planned for ITV viewers across the UK later in the year. Keep an eye on this webpage to find out when to tune in.

Follow us and share your stories and photos via social media using  #OffasDykePath50.