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Riverside meadows, rolling hills and the Black Mountains

offa's Dyke Path 

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What is Offa's Dyke Path?

Offa’s Dyke Path was opened in the summer of 1971, and links Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow on the banks of the Severn estuary with the coastal town of Prestatyn. It travels through the borderlands of England and Wales for 177 miles (285 km) and offers something for everyone.


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.  

How long does it take to walk Offa's Dyke Path end to end?

It takes about two weeks to complete the whole Trail. Many people choose to complete only short sections in day trips or to complete the whole Trail over many weeks, months or years

How hard is Offa's Dyke Path?

The Trail passes through many different types of landscape. The toughest part is probably the switchback section of the Shropshire Hills between Knighton and Brompton Crossroads and it can also be hard going in the upland stretches in the Brecon Beacons and Clwydian Range, especially in poor weather or visibility. The flattest stretch is the section between Buttington Bridge and Llanymynech which largely follows the River Severn and the Montgomeryshire Canal. Elsewhere it is largely gentle ups and downs.  If you walk the entire Trail from south to north there is about 28,000 feet of accent, which is the same as the height of Everest.  

Which direction should I walk Offa's Dyke Path in?

The guide books are generally written from Sedbury Cliffs in the south to Prestatyn in the north and this is the direction most people walk the Trail in but there is nothing to stop you going the other way. The majority of guidebooks are written south to north but the Trailblazer book does include route descriptions for both directions.

Who can enjoy Offa's Dyke Path National Trail?

The Trail is primarily for walkers, although some sections are bridleways that can be ridden or cycled, but these sections are fragmented.

Taking your dog on Offa's Dyke Path.

Your dog is welcome on Offa's Dyke Path. Some of the Trail passes though farmland where stock may be grazing so please respect farmers and their animals by keeping your dog on a lead when near livestock. There are stiles which dogs may need to be lifted over. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up.

What is the best time of year to walk Offa's Dyke Path?

Offa’s Dyke Path can be walked right through the year so there is not really a best time. Most people walk between April and October. Spring and early summer are the best times to see the flora along the way.
However,  keep in mind the Welsh climate, which can see rain at any time, and the fact that some accommodation is closed in the winter. Therefore, it is important to carry appropriate clothing. Remember also that there is limited daylight in the winter.

  Can I buy Offa's Dyke Path merchandise?

We sell a range of Offas Dyke Path merchandise including sew on badges, enamel badges, mugs and other gifts. 

Can I get a Offa's Dyke Path National Trail completion certificate?

Our personalised Offa's Dyke Path certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the trail.

Guidebooks and Maps for Offa's Dyke Path

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Offa's Dyke Path Merchandise

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Map of Offa's Dyke Path

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails in England and Wales?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way