Walkers given an irresistible Offa

20th August 2013

Communities along the English–Welsh border are encouraging walkers to experience an ‘Irresistible Offa’ with the help of a project to improve the economic prosperity of the area. Seven strategic rural development and tourism bodies have come together in the £1 million ‘Walking with Offa’ project, which aims to improve walking in the area without damaging the environment by running business and community training and creating and promoting circular walks and sustainable transport.

It is promoting opportunities to walk through the swathe of country from the Irish Sea to the Bristol Channel either side of Offa’s Dyke, taking in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Shropshire Hills, the Powys countryside, Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons protected landscapes, and the 177 mile [285km] Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.

Its hidden villages and historic market towns, host of attractions, sprinkling of Hobbit-like places, where walkers can rest, sleep and eat, make it a different place to explore - and there is the opportunity to have one foot in England and one in Wales at over 20 different locations.

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