Offa's Dyke Path, one of the 'Great Walks of the World'

16th June 2014

Offa's Dyke Path features in Larraine Andrews new book 'Great Walks of the World'

As a long-time member of the Offa’s Dyke Association the Reverend Lord Sandford may have been somewhat biased when he declared of the Offa’s Dyke Path, “It’s not the longest, nor the oldest but it’s certainly the best footpath in Britain.” Now you can read all about this superb long-distance footpath in the latest release by Canadian author D. Larraine Andrews entitled Great Walks of the World. An eclectic collection of 12 global walks and hikes across every continent but Antarctica, the book includes an in-depth chapter on the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. Andrews makes no apologies for her obvious bias when it comes to the delights of walking in the English countryside. And Offa’s Dyke Path rates close to the top of the list.

Along with detailed maps, recommended reading and plenty of practical information on planning logistics, expect a visual and written feast of images and historical information to entertain you along the way. Read the story behind Offa’s famous Dyke and the Path. Judge for yourself if Sandford got it right as you follow ancient drover’s tracks, pass through woodlands full of bluebells and birdsong and climb to the dramatic, windswept high point on Hatterrall Ridge in the Black Mountains. Once you have conquered the Path, there are plenty more walks to challenge the curious hiker, everything from one-day saunters to two-week odysseys. Revel in a veritable “poem in stone” written in the luminous limestone of the cottages and churches of the Cotswold Way; walk in the Dreaming tracks of the indigenous Arrente people as you trek the Larapinta Trail along the spine of Central Australia’s ancient MacDonnell Ranges; or catch the “Long Look” across El Despoblado as you stand at the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains in Texas.

Learn about local fauna, regional food specialties and unique customs – like the sensuous rituals linked with mate tea in Patagonia or the grisly tradition of the Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon. Whether you decide to put boots to the trail and go see for yourself or read the stories from the comfort of your armchair, the choice is entirely yours.

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